Shumpert to compete in All-Star Slam Dunk contest

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

While he wasn’t exactly known for doing many jaw-dropping slam dunks when he graced the hardwood at OPRF High School — we’d say Gabe Levin owns that distinction nowadays — it appears Iman Shumpert will take to the air in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest during the NBA’s All-Star weekend.

Shumpert, who graduated from OPRF in 2008, will compete in the event on Feb. 25 on TNT (7 p.m. Central). He’s reportedly sought out the help of Knicks teammate Jeremy Lin to assist in his performance.

Lin has been riding a massive popularity wave lately. The Harvard grad scorched the Lakers for 38 points and scored 23 while dishing out 10 assists against the Wizards. His recent surge has cut down on Shumpert’s time on the court, but the rookie has seemed to embrace it for the good of the team.

Shumpert is averaging 10 points per game for the Knicks.    

This year’s Slam Dunk contest will feature four first-time participants, and the winner will be chosen solely by fans via Twitter.

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Posted: February 18th, 2012 9:16 PM

I hope Iman can continue and finish his education one day. I'm sure he will be just as proud as we will be. Especially us who watched him dunk a ball. Thers another fella from this area who didnt do so hot in college either. He goes by the name similar to a favorite flower.

Matt Baron from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 18th, 2012 9:07 PM

Shumpert is having a fantastic season---I think he's exceeded most anyone's expectations. To think that it was his injury in his first game that opened the door to the Knicks signing a no-name by the name of Jeremy Lin! Now they are a terrific tandem--goes to show you that it ain't over till it's over.

Ezra Israelsohn from Oak Park  

Posted: February 18th, 2012 3:46 PM

@Parent, yes he left GT to enter the NBA but its been seen that a lot of current NBA players who entered the draft before graduating college go back to finish their schooling and get their degree. Take Stephen Curry, he used the NBA lock out to go back to Davidson College and finish up his last few credits to graduate. Just because he didn't graduate and apparently 70% of NBA players are bankrupt within 5 years doesn't mean that Iman will follow suit.


Posted: February 18th, 2012 11:20 AM

Everybody can work, only some can earn an education. Clearly the people who run the NBA must be educated. Roughly 70 percent of NBA players are bankrupt within five years of leaving the league. I think the avg retirement age has to be in the 30's. Only 21% of current NBA ballers have a degree. Shameful.

Also a parent  

Posted: February 17th, 2012 8:27 PM

No he shouldn't. With the money he will earn in the NBA he should be set for life (provided he is smart with his money). My nephew left to school to go to work for Apple in 1998. He's retired now because of the stock options he recieved during his time with them. Should he have stayed in school and worried about his degree? The same holds true for a sports talent.


Posted: February 17th, 2012 4:10 PM

Shouldnt he be worrying about his college degree?

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