For some strange reason, Iman Shumpert has been at the forefront of a handful of the New York Knicks trade rumors.
Shumpert is young, athletic and a more than capable defender, but for some reason it’s assumed that he’s been in the doghouse of the Knicks front office – specifically, in Mike Woodson’s.
Ironically, he’s started pretty much every game he’s appeared in. However, on Tuesday Woodson did the best he could to refute that perception.
[via the New York Post]
“If I didn’t like him, I don’t think he’d be averaging 30 minutes on my ballclub,’’ Woodson said testily. “ You got to look at that. I like everybody on our team. So that perception is bull— if you ask me. If I didn’t think much of the man, he wouldn’t be playing. If I don’t think much of you, you’re not going to play.
“I’m going to play guys I like and think can help us win and who play hard. He’s one of those kids. That’s why he’s been a starter on this team since he’s been a rookie. That perception is bull—- if you ask me.’’
When asked if he got that message across to Shumpert, Woodson said, ““He knows how I feel. That’s all that counts.’’
Maybe it’s not Woodson who’s trying to run Shumpert out of town? Maybe it’s nothing. Maybe the fact that Shumpert’s name comes out in every trade rumor is because he’s the only desirable piece on the Knicks roster?