The New York Knicks looked like they were going to pull off an impressive home win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday until a questionable foul was called in the final 10 seconds.
The Knicks were up 89-86 with just under 10 seconds left and the Pacers inbounding the ball. Paul George threw in the pass then got the ball back and attempted a tying three. His shot was an airball well off the mark, but the referees called Iman Shumpert for fouling him on the shot. That gave George three free-throw attempts, which he made to tie the game.
On the next possession, Carmelo Anthony went 1-on-1 against George and did not get a foul call as he missed a jumper in the paint, sending the game to OT. The Pacers went on to win the game easily in OT 103-96.
Here’s a close-up look at the amount of contact made by Shump on George:
Photo via @cjzero
Video via Beyond the Buzzer
The New York Knicks have been criticized for making poor front office decisions over the past several decades, which is one of the reasons they have not won an NBA title since the 1970s. They came close in the 1990s with Patrick Ewing, but there always seemed to be one or two moves they made or didn’t make that kept them from going all the way.
The Knicks have shown signs of improvement in recent years, but according to Stephen A. Smith owner James Dolan recently wanted to make a move that would have stunted their growth. As Deadspin pointed out, Azaz of the Knicks Fan Blog dig up a video where someone somehow hacked into the behind-the-scenes feed between Stephen A. Smith and Dwight Howard during their recent interview. At one point, Stephen A. brought up the subject of Iman Shumpert.
“And by the way, [James] Dolan was ready to trade [Shumpert] because he didn’t want to work out in the summer league,” Stephen A. told Howard. “Dolan’s talking about trading him. I said, “trade who? You better hold on to that boy. You better not lose Iman Shumpert.’ That boy can play.”
Assuming Smith is telling the truth and putting aside the fact that he’s trying to make it sound like he’s responsible for the Knicks keeping Shumpert, that would have been a dumb move. Shumpert probably wouldn’t bring much in a trade, and the 23-year-old has become a valuable swing man who gives New York much-needed depth.
Dolan should probably stick to spying on his own players and let his basketball guys handle the roster decisions.
Iman Shumpert recently decided to showcase his support for Adidas by shaving their logo into the back of his head, but the new look didn’t last long. Because of NBA rules, Shumpert if left with nothing but a triangle.
On Saturday, the New York Knicks forward posted a before and after shot on his Instagram account.
“Banned,” the caption read. “(Sorry) @nba didn’t realize there were branding issues wit da logo #iPUToN.”
As SI.com’s The Point Forward pointed out, sporting a corporate logo during games violates Item 5 of Section H in the NBA’s official rule book. Players are only allowed to wear the logo of their choice on their sneakers.
Shumpert is endorsed by Adidas and I’m sure his endorser loved the advertising stunt while it lasted. Such is life when it comes to sports business. If Shumpert wants to get a crazy haircut that looks like this, he’s more than welcome to do so.
Iman Shumpert had a sick Linsanity dunk planned for the dunk contest until he had to pull out because of a knee injury. The Knicks rookie guard says he was going to jump over a couch as a nod to teammate Jeremy Lin, who famously slept on his brother’s living room couch until the team guaranteed his contract.
“He was going to help me out,” Shumpert told The New York Post. “Once my knee was so sore, I started thinking about it: ‘Am I going to be able to jump over the couch?’ All kinds of things to think about.’”
Shumpert has missed the team’s last two games and will miss the All-Star festivities because of tendinitis in his knee. Utah’s Jeremy Evans will replace him in the slam dunk contest, which now boasts one of the most anonymous fields ever — Evans, Derrick Williams, Paul George, and Chase Budinger. I’m guessing a Linsanity dunk would have been enough to take the title. That would have been better than jumping over a car.