Shumpert coming home on Monday night

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

The Chicago Bulls host the New York Knicks on Monday night at the United Center (7 p.m.), which means Oak Park native Iman Shumpert will return to his old stomping grounds — or near them anyway.

Wednesday Journal will be on hand at the game to cover the 2008 OPRF High School graduate’s homecoming.

Shumpert is averaging 10 points per game in his rookie season for the Knicks. He started Wednesday night’s 118-105 loss to San Antonio, scoring just two points.

“I’m going to stay home and watch it on television,” said Shumpert’s father, Odis, of the Monday night matchup. “I’ve been to about 75 percent of his games already, and tickets are hard to come by for this game, even for him. So, I’ll sit this one out.”

Odis said Shumpert’s three brothers will be on hand to watch their famous sibling take on reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose and the Bulls, but that’s all he knew for sure. Iman’s mother, L'Tanya, a college professor, has to teach a class Monday evening and won’t be able to make the game.

“We’ll see him in other venues and for sure in April when the Knicks come back to Chicago, but we’re just happy his brothers will be there this time around,” said Odis, who added he’ll likely get some private time with his son at the team’s hotel.

“He’s doing great, adjusting well to everything,” said Odis. “He’s so busy, but his focus is of course on basketball right now.”

Check next week for a feature story and photos of Shumpert’s return to the Chicago area.

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T.J. from OP  

Posted: March 11th, 2012 7:15 PM

I think Brad Spencer wants to leverage Shumpert's OPRF alum status to get press access to Bull's games. I suppose nothing is wrong with that.


Posted: March 11th, 2012 12:17 AM

Brad, Is it too difficult to get the names right? It's, "L'Tanya", not "La'Tonya"!

Matt Baron from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 8:32 AM

So nice to see Iman off to such a solid professional start. I wonder if his mom's students will be updating her on the game during class.


Posted: March 9th, 2012 10:33 PM

I hope he goes back to college and graduates with a degree.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: March 9th, 2012 5:14 PM

There's got to be someone in Oak Park or River Forest who has season tickets and could spare one for Mr. Shumpert. How cool would it be to sit with him at the game on monday night?


Posted: March 9th, 2012 4:05 PM

Huskies represent. Holler.

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