Today at media day, Iman Shumpert took a moment to drop a freestyle over Kanye West’s song, Clique, centered on the Knicks. From the looks of the video, seems like this might be a promo for the team. What are your thoughts on Shumpert’s latest rap?
The New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.
In the first year of the Nets’ existence in Brooklyn, there has been a lot of trash talk leading up to the start of the regular season. Most of it has been amongst fans, but some players have taken part in it, as well. A few days ago, Andray Blatche tweeted the following:
Another day, another rap from Shumpert. It’s awesome seeing how seriously he’s taking this, and I really think his verse was the best in the entire song (Last verse, announced by his “CHUUUUCH”)… Make sure you’re comfortable with your surroundings before blasting this, as it’s pretty explicit.
Once again, Iman Shumpert has released a track, and once again, it is an impressive rap. Take a listen and let us know what you think!
Despite their numerous options, their multitude of weapons, the Knicks were a below average offensive team in 2011-12. Although they played at the fifth fastest pace in the league (nearly 96 possessions per game), they were 19th in offensive efficiency, averaging 101.4 points per 100 possessions. Needless to say, this isn’t what the Knicks’ front office imagined when they paired Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony together.
Well, Iman Shumpert is pretty serious about this whole rapping thing, so I thought I’d share one of his latest tracks. Unlike some rapping NBA players, I’d say Shump actually has some skills. Thoughts?
When the news broke that Jason Kidd would sign with the Knicks, a lot was made of what his presence would mean to the team. His ability to mentor Jeremy Lin and show him the ins-and-outs of running an offense; his potential to find harmony between Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony; to break periods of stagnation in the offense; his presence in the locker room as a respected player with championship experience – all positive benefits of the Kidd acquisition.
Natural battle tactics dictate that when an army has found itself completely overmatched in a battle, it should retreat, effectively forfeiting the battle, but retaining its resources and important figures for further battles to come. The New York Knicks faced a near impossible challenge in the first round of the NBA playoffs, matching up with the Miami Heat, and in game one the team found themselves outclassed by the eventual NBA champions. The 100-67 trouncing by the Heat certainly gave a huge blow to the ego and confidence of the Knicks, but it did not end the series; the Knicks still had the opportunity to ultimately call it a day, look at the film, and prepare for the next game. That was until the Knicks lost their knight in shining armor. Iman Shumpert may not be the Knicks’ best player, but he is nonetheless a player the Knicks could not live without. If we consider Tyson Chandler the anchor of the Knicks defense, the fortress that defended the rest of the army, then Shumpert was the outer defense of that fortress. The devastating tear of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) effectively ended the Knicks’ season and put the Knicks in a tough spot for the upcoming season at the shooting guard position.
The biggest free agent prize has finally made up his mind and dominos are starting to fall all over the NBA free agency landscape. As the new cross-town rival Brooklyn Nets continued their makeover by re-signing their star point guard Deron Williams to a five-year deal worth $100 million, the Knicks continue to wait on the other star point guard in free agency, Steve Nash. However, a clever move by his Canadian suitors may move things along quicker.
The first day of true free agency since 2010 did not disappoint. A number of players have already come to verbal agreements with their current clubs (Gerald Wallace with the Nets and Andre Miller with the Nuggets), while others have received offers from new clubs (Rockets offer Omer Asik three year deal worth $25 million and Trailblazers offer Roy Hibbert four year deal worth $58 million). Meanwhile here in New York City, it was all about point guards.
With just over six minutes left in the third-quarter, rookie Iman Shumpert collapsed to the ground, grabbing his left knee. Shumpert was dribbling the ball up the court and while trying to crossover to get by Mario Chalmers, Shumpert planted awkwardly with his left leg. Like most significant injurys, Shumpert’s came without any contact. He was visibly in pain, and needed Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan to carry him off the court, while supporting his knee.
The New York Knicks have been blessed with an extremely deep team – even Mike D’Antoni stretched his usual 8-9 man rotation – but with the playoffs starting, the rotation will shrink… The question is, who will make the cut?