Oak Park native Iman Shumpert throws down dunk against Pacers

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Though many Bulls fans remain disgruntled over Derrick Rose's long road to recovery after a torn ACL, another player close to home has not only returned from the same injury – but has done so with authority.

Oak Park native and New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, who returned from an ACL injury earlier this year, threw down a mean tomahawk dunk during Game 2 of the Knicks-Pacers series Tuesday that has gone viral on YouTube.

The monster jam occurred early in the second quarter after a missed three-point attempt by Knicks forward Chris Copeland. Shumpert, a 6-foot-5 swingman averaging 10 points and 6.4 rebounds in the series, crashed the offensive glass to flush home a dunk that sent the Madison Square Garden crowd into a frenzy. Led by Carmelo Anthony (game-high 32 points) and Shumpert (15 points on 7-for-11 shooting, six rebounds), New York went on a 30-2 run in the second half en route to a 105-79 win after dropping Game 1 to the Pacers on Sunday.

Shumpert, an OPRF grad, returned to the area last summer to teach in The Shumpert Youth Basketball Camp for fifth through 10th grade boys and girls.

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Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 12th, 2013 1:26 AM

Great to see Iman Shumpert overcome a serious injury and is now back on the court and playing so well. His defense remains rock solid and is able to contribute offensively to a Knicks team that really seemed to miss the determination and intensity he brings to the game. Chicago fans are having to accept that Derrick Rose still lacks the confidence to suit up and can only hope that he may be ready to go sometime next season.


Posted: May 9th, 2013 3:34 PM

Graduate? I think that would apply to the many individuals who "dreamed" of playing professional sports but sacrificed an education to "try" and get it. You are knocking a successful individual who achieved his goals, and could very well still be taking courses towards his degree. But just not taking the path you see fit. Stay Classy!


Posted: May 9th, 2013 3:10 PM

WOW, that's almost as impressive as his Degree.....

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