Shumpert, Knicks’ Front Office at Odds?
Earlier this week, Knicks coach Mike Woodson was asked about his third-year guard, Iman Shumpert, and responded with a deceptively nuanced critique.
“Iman plays hard. That, to me, is the thing that’s kept him on the floor,” Woodson said, adding that Shumpert had to also become more consistent on defense, where he is sometimes “so over-aggressive that he gets beat.”
Shumpert’s a favorite among Knicks fans, but there’s a growing sense that, for whatever reason, he isn’t always held in the same esteem by the team’s front office. He started every game he played in last season, and he improved his range, shooting 40% on three-pointers—a considerable jump from the 30% a season earlier.
Still, after the season he was asked to play in the summer league—a developmental program mostly for rookies and long shot veterans, not for veteran starters.