Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Shumpert talks Chicago roots, guarding Rose
By Ian Begley
ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers has a great story on Iman Shumpert's roots in Chicago. Shumpert went to high school in the Windy City a year behind Derrick Rose. The two never played as prep stars but Shumpert helped the Knicks shut down Rose on Sunday, forcing him to shoot 8-for-26 in his first game back after a 12-game absence due to a groin ailment.
In the story, Shumpert talks about being hearing that he wouldn't be drafted coming out of Georgia Tech. He also describes his approach to defense against Rose.
“I was told I was going undrafted,” Shumpert said during shootaround Tuesday before the Knicks played the Chicago Bulls. “That’s what I was told by everybody. I guess I wasn’t good enough in everybody else’s eyes. I was called fool’s gold. That’s what I was called in the draft combine. That’s how I remember it. I took it personal.”
In other Shumpert news, the rookie guard tweeted a thank to to ex-GM Donnie Walsh for drafting him last season. The Knicks selected him with the 17th pick in the first round.
Shumpert sent the tweet out after Sunday's game while spending time thinking about how he landed with the Knicks.
"I remember talking to Donnie and (Donnie) just telling me to keep working hard, we see it in you, just keep working hard," Shumpert said. " When they drafted me, I remember him telling me we need you to guard guys like Rose, guard guys like (Dwyane) Wade … I'm fine with that challenge."