Melo, Woodson Say Shump Shouldn’t Be Traded (UPDATED)

NEW YORK Carmelo Anthony reiterated Knicks coach Mike Woodson’s mantra that Iman Shumpert shouldn’t be traded.

“He ain’t going nowhere, he ain’t gotta worry about that,” Anthony said of Shumpert after putting up 42 points in the Knicks’ 102-88 loss to the Clippers at Madison Square Garden. “The Knicks shouldn’t even be in trade talks right now.”

Shumpert has been mentioned in a potential multi-player deal to the Phoenix Suns for Jared Dudley.

Woodson said he addressed the trade rumors with Shumpert and the second-year guard isn’t going anywhere.

“He said don’t worry about,” Shumpert said after managing just two points on 1-of-4 shooting. “A rumor’s a rumor.”

Asked if it was a distraction, Shumpert said, “I don’t really care. I just gotta play ball. I can’t control it anyway. Nothing to worry about something I can’t control. Go out there and play.”

“That’s kind of out of my hands,” Woodson said before the game. “If owners came to me and said we have to do a deal, you do the deal. But I sat [Shumpert] down and I told him. He knows how I feel about him.”

Woodson said his daugthers, Alexis and Mariah, were also concerned about the reports.

“My daughter jumped me [Saturday] night about that trade rumor,” Woodson said before the game. “She called me and said, ‘Daddy, you’re not trading him’ because they all went to Georgia Tech together. Man, I’m like, ‘Iman’s gonna be right here with me.'”

Woodson continued to say he has “faith in Iman,” enough faith to put him on Clippers star Chris Paul to start the game.

But Paul went off for 25 points and seven assists as the Clippers outscored the Knicks, 31-18, in the fourth period.

Shumpert and the Knicks’ perimeter defenders continue to struggle. The Clippers guard group of Paul, Jamal Crawford (27 points,) Eric Bledsoe (13) and Chauncey Billups (eight) combined for 73 points.

“I know it is a challenge to continue to guard guys but I am going to work and get better,” said Shumpert, who is still working his way back from ACL surgery.

“When your mind and body is in different places, it is hard but I am going to keep working. I am getting adjusted to it.”

Shumpert is also struggling on the offensive end.

He finished with two points on 1-of-4 shooting and entered averaging 5.2 points in his last five games.

“It isn’t only about the offense,” Woodson said of Shumpert. “We didn’t rely on him to score a lot of points last year. I like him from a defensive standpoint.”

Right now, that isn’t a strong aspect of Shumpert’s game, and the Knicks have to hope that he will continue to work his way back into form heading into the playoffs.

They will certainly need him to guard quick, athletic point guards in the postseason.

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125 comments
Conor McElhearn
Conor McElhearn

Extremely interested to see AA start for us at corner. I recently moved from NY to florida, so haven't had the opportunity to see him during the preseason. 


Thankfully, this week one matchup will provide him with some extra reps prior to going up against some of the leagues elite QB's. 


Any thoughts on how he preformed during his limited action?

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Denarius Moore didn't play in their matchup last year because of injury. Now he is dangerous in the slot. He will be lining up against Kyle Wilson. This is an important matchup because Moore has speed and can force defensive backs out of position when he makes moves. This is intriguing because Carr will most likely want to get some early completions on the jets weak secondary. I don't think the jets have the edge in this matchup with Oakland's offense against their defense. 


  Interested Jet

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

First offensive play will be:


1) Run up the middle

2) Run to the outside

3) Pass to a RB

4) Pass to a TE

5) Pass to a WR

6) Wildcat

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan


Thank God it isn't someone we needed. I know that sounds cold, but yeah.....

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

SMH

Seriously, what is wrong with NFL players. Why is it so difficult for them to stay out of trouble?

a57se
a57se

@Karl Leopold 

If it is the Raiders, I think they start Carr off with a simple pass to a RB.

The Jets, I think we run it to the outside with CJ.

Brendan
Brendan

@bob Oops! I forgot, Bob-o doesn't like the vacuum. 

levi
levi

@a57se  Sounds like he knuckled someones head.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@bob @levi @Karl Leopold 

I do think we will take a long shot to start the game if we get the ball first.  If we get it second, then I think we will be more conservitive. 

Unless we receive the ball off a turnover, then we make them pay with a quick strike.

levi
levi

@Disgruntled Jets Fan He might get moved to the active roster if thats the case. THATS GOOD HUSTLE. (slaps ass hard)

juunit
juunit

@levi @juunit 

If it was a girl, Enunwa has some TERRIBLE timing. If he'd hit a girl a week ago he'd have been all good. Now though, he'd be scaaaaareeeeewed. 

williamg1
williamg1

@levi @juunit I live in West Hollywood. Its hard to tell the difference between guys and girls. 

a57se
a57se

@juunit @levi 

Is it domestic Violence if it happens in a Hotel and you don't know the person?

juunit
juunit

@a57se @juunit @levi 

I would think that's just simple assault. But logic rarely plays into Goodell's player conduct punishments. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

That's what I thought he was charged with...simple assault.

Though simple assault does not mean he hit anyone, right?


Brendan
Brendan

@a57se It could mean he just shoved someone, not really sure. The person not even needing medical attention makes me think this will go away quickly. 



levi
levi

@a57se  If nobody was hurt why even arrest the guy? Jesus has the whole world gone all sissified?

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

@Brendan @a57se No Brandan, its the undying loyalty you have for our Jets that makes you think this will go away quickly(LOL!) Knowing you you probably thought the same thing about Goodson and his adventures with the law last year!

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan @a57se


The fact that dude didn't need medical attention, yet pressed charges, tells me he's a chump. Clearly deserved it. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan @a57se 

From my limited knowledge of the Law, I thought you could be charged with Assault for simply yelling at someone while Battery meant you hit them...

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @a57se @Brendan

No, but there's either "simple assault" (i.e. without a weapon) or "aggravated assault" (with a weapon).


That's most states... Jersey may have some other arcane wordings, though.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@a57se this is my understanding too, but I am not certain.

williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @Brendan Assault through words? I may as well just start hitting old ladies with batteries, instead of screaming at them to make the friggin left hand turn already. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @Brendan

That's correct, but assault can also mean hitting someone (i.e. battery).


Most places no longer use the charge of "battery" that I'm aware of, everything has been rolled into either simple assault or aggravated assault.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Brendan I thought you actually had to throw a battery at someone.

juunit
juunit

@a57se @Brendan 

I didn't think yelling constituted a crime unless you were threatening the person. Spitting on someone is assault though. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@tsjc68 @Bent @a57se @Brendan In the UK we have, amongst other things affray, which is a level below assault and basically means you got in a fight but didn't do any serious damage and GBH or grievous bodily harm, which is what it sounds like and more serious.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@juunit @a57se @Brendan

Yelling at someone could be "terroristic threats", though, if you were yelling that you were going to kill them or something.

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 @juunit @a57se @Brendan 

Right. If you yell "I'm going to kill you" then it's threatening someone, which can be a crime.

However, if you walked up to someone in the street and yelled "tomatoes and potatoes" at them I don't see how that could be construed as an arrestable offense. I guess you could get a public disturbance charge though. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@juunit @tsjc68 @a57se @Brendan

However, if you walked up to someone in the street and yelled "tomatoes and potatoes" at them I don't see how that could be construed as an arrestable offense.


I now have the urge to do this and see what happens.

juunit
juunit

@tsjc68 @juunit @a57se @Brendan 

If you do it while pushing a shopping cart I'm sure you'll get away with it. People might even pay you for your words of wisdom.