Iman Shumpert will thrive in new triangle offense; according to him

  • Dave Ragazzo
PHOTO COURTESY:  PAUL J. BERESWILL/NY POST

PHOTO COURTESY: PAUL J. BERESWILL/NY POST

Many who watched the Knicks last year could see that their offense was quite basic at times.  When Carmelo Anthony wasn’t putting the team on his back, it often involved a lot of standing around, isolation sets and perimeter shooting.

Apparently, Iman Shumpert would agree and thinks that the new triangle offense brought in by Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher is more suited to his game.

Speaking to the media at his Basketball ProCamp in Westchester, Shumpert explained that the slashing and constant movement involved in the triangle offense will allow his athleticism to take over.  He also talked about the health of his left knee and what he expects from the Knicks in this upcoming season.

From the NY Post:

“There’s constant action going on,” Shumpert said. “I think I’ll be able to capitalize off that and I’ll be able to use my athleticism a lot more than standing in the corner.”

After tearing his ACL during the 2012 playoffs, missing much of the following season and spraining his MCL in the same knee last season, Shumpert said the biggest focus of his offseason training has been strengthening his left knee back to the level it was during his breakout rookie season.

“All I’ve been working on is just getting that trust back in my left leg, to take off from further, to take off earlier and use it a lot more, cutting and slashing to the basket,” Shumpert said at his Basketball ProCamp in Westchester. “I know this year, this offense, I’ll have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket, so I just want to work on the strength in my leg and be able to jump off and be comfortable.”

Last season, Shumpert struggled as the team struggled, resulting in the 24-year-old facing non-stop trade rumors, which caused him to stop using social media. Though Shumpert said he still can’t figure out what caused the Knicks to fall from the No. 2 seed to eight games below .500, he believes the difficulties they faced last season only will help them avoid a similar outcome in the upcoming season.

“I think we’ll be great,” Shumpert said. “This year, I think we’ll be able to clean up a lot of the stuff that we went through last year. I think it’s going to help us this year a lot, what we had to go through last year. I think it’ll give everybody that chip on their shoulder.”

Shumpert has improved his shooting since his rookie season, but the strength of his game is his athletic ability.  He is meant to slash to the basket so this may be the right situation for him.

The question for Shumpert is if he will be with the Knicks much longer.  He has been in the middle of trade rumors for the majority of the last two seasons.  If he does stay with New York, the Knicks will be hoping that everything he said on Wednesday comes to fruition.

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