Way back in the late part of last week, Iman Shumpert was in this year’s dunk contest. Those were different times, more dangerous times, the kind of times that can really try a man. We all did some things back then that we regret, but that’s what we had to do to survive…
But anyways, back when he was in the contest and not injured, the thinking went that since he’d have Jeremy Lin throwing him passes and fans were in charge of determining this year’s winner, that Iman Shumpert was a dunk contest force to be reckoned with. That’s probably part of the reason Vegas had him as the favorite to take home the prestigious crown.
And when you hear what he had planned, you realize that this contest was over before it started. From the New York Post:
Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert, who officially pulled out of the Slam Dunk contest yesterday because of tendinitis in his knee, admitted to The Post he had a “Linsane’’ trick up his sleeve.
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.’’
Of course this was going to happen. You could have predicted as much, and Skeets did. Still a pretty funny idea though.
That being said, as much as we all would have loved to have seen this happen and would have had hearty laughs when Jeremy Lin and the couch was wheeled out and a choir was singing the intro to “The Big Comfy Couch,” Shump dropping out is better for the dunk contest. If fans are voting and they see Jeremy Lin lying on a couch, getting jumped over, there’s no way Iman Shumpert would lose. It’d be the Blake Griffin-over-a-car thing all over again, where the
best most notable stunt and the biggest name (even if that name is just an assistant) is guaranteed a win. DeMar DeRozan knows what I’m talking about.
I’m sure it would have been hilarious to see this actually happen — and it’s so silly that it just might have looped around to being awesome — but Jeremy Evans replacing the Shumpert-Lin tag team is for the best. I’d much rather see three awesome dunks by one of the best leapers than a guy jumping over a famous couch.
Besides, there’s a scar on my forehead from when I was younger and tried to jump from couch arm to couch arm, and I don’t want Iman Shumpert to have to deal with that. This not happening is better for everyone involved.
(via Posting and Toasting)