When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Iman Shumpert
Is that the New York Knicks Iman Shumpert or DJ Jazzy Jeff? It’s just another case of what can happen when keeping it real goes wrong.
The Knicks’ semi-starting small forward Shumpert hit the catwalk early this weekend donning a flashy gold watch and sizzling gold chains. Truly it was a Midas touch the Knicks have not experienced since the days of Walt Clyde Frazier. Shumpert’s family can rest easy tonight with the knowledge that the glitz and glamour of New York have not made him forget his old-school Illinois roots.
It’s the look that says business casual, kind of like when a player on the Knicks is asked to play defense. Why did Shumpert choose this weekend to bring out his inner Fresh Prince swag?
The explanation, straight from his Twitter:
Shumpert was attending some type of 80s party apparently. He was taking it back to a time where the Knicks had just drafted a young Patrick Ewing, fouling without a license via Mr. Charles Oakley and doing crazy folksy offensive schemes like not shooting threes every possession. The 80s were a strange time.
Shumpert, who averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 2011-12, would see his rookie season come to an end as a result of injury and has clearly worked on a fresh type of game this offseason. He certainly isn’t asking girls out to the ole’ Olympic Village cafeteria! He keeps it real and old school, puts on the James Brown and slowly works on breaking down team defenses in a way never done once actually on the Knicks court.