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Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:03 am
Edited on: February 23, 2012 10:05 am
Iman Shumpert and Jeremy Lin's dunk contest dunk would have involved a couch. (Getty Images)

Iman Shumpert had to bail out of the dunk contest Wednesday due to nagging knee injuries that have hobbled the Knicks' shooting guard from time to time. It was disappointing not only to see the athletic Shumpert who New York fans either love or are completely ambivalent about drop out, but because point guard sensation Jeremy Lin was supposed to help Shumpert with his dunk, and well, everyone's gone crazy seeing Lin do just about anything. 

So what was it exactly that they were going to do before the Jazz' Jeremy Evans replaced Shumpert in the dunk contest?

Remember how Jeremy Lin had slept on Landry Fields' and his brother's couch for weeks because he wasn't sure whether the Knicks would cut him or not? From the New York Post:
Yes, he and Jeremy Lin had talked about doing a dunk in which Shumpert would vault over a couch — the symbol of Lin’s humble sleeping conditions.

“He was going to help me out,’’ Shumpert told The 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.’’
via Knicks’ Iman Shumpert planned to use Jeremy Lin in Slam Dunk contest -

On the one hand, it's a bummer that we won't get to see Jeremy Lin, preferably lounging on the couch or feigning sleep while Shumpert goes bananas over him, or tosses the ball up to him as Baron Davis did to Blake Griffin in the car last year. But on the other...

This was supposed to be Shumpert's time to shine. It's bad enough that the dunk contestants are taken away from the rest of not being involved in All-Star Weekend and into the media rush from one event to another, but to have your whole thing be centered around someone else? There's enough room for Linsanity during the regular season and throughout All-Star Weekend without having him take over the spotlight when Shumpert was going to be doing all the work.

All for naught, though, as Shumpert will try and get healthy, and Evans, who very much wants to be a part of the dunk contest, gets a go.

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Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:33 pm

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

worst dunk contest ever.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:24 pm

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

I get the differing views here but from my perspective it is just another way to discourage kids from working on the fundamentals. Look at all the guys who can dunk a dozen ways but can't hit a foul shot, a mid range jump shot or really don't put their heart into D.

Keep the dunk contest clean and about basketball- not props.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:18 pm

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

Give us some examples.

The only one I can think of worth mentioning is "Air Up There" (I think that's his name) doing the 720 a while back. Other than that, I haven't heard much internet buzz coming out of the street ball circuit. 

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:18 pm

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

How old are we that these whippersnappers and their new fangled props have us so up in arms? They are kids in men's bodies with more money than they know what to do with. They've been throwing down 1984 dunks since they were 12 let them get jiggy with it or whatever they do and if they want a middle aged guy and his wife's mini-van to jump over I'm available.

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:00 pm

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

Com on People! It the dunk contest, it about entertaining the fans .. The showmanship! I think Lin and Shump had a deal with Ikea. haha. But 360 dunk,windmill and reverse so what ! it been done. unless some pull off the 720 dunk ! the Dunk contest should be included in the All start game itself.. How about who has the Best dunk in the Game get to compete in the dunk contest with the guys who volunteer. how about raising the Basket !

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:59 pm

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

I disagree with you product.  Like I said, check out the street ball dunkers and you'll find some creativity like no other.  You don't need props to make your dunks look good.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:56 pm

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

Who cares!!!  The dunk contest is W-E-A-K!!!  Let the street ballers put on a dunk show and have first prize $100K.  I gurantee you would get a much better show than the NBA dunkers.

Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:00 pm
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:54 am

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

The product hit it on the head.  Double pump windmill isn't that much a big deal anymore unless it's double pump windmill over a swimsuit model.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:28 am

Shumpert's Lin dunk involved a couch

Just go out there and throw it down!! 

Easier said than done. 

There are only so many different ways you can dunk a basketball -- blame physics. Dunks that would have won the contest 10-12 years ago are being done by high school and college teenagers. It's like trying to "re-invent the wheel". Adding props and making it a show are really the only ways it can evolve. It's the unfortunate truth. 

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