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New York Knicks’ Iman Shumpert Closer to Door After Arguing with Carmelo Anthony?

December 4th, 2013 at 11:28 AM
By Matt Agne

Iman Shumpert has been the single most rumored New York Knicks player involved in trade talks. While fans would like to see Shumpert stick around Madison Square Garden it's clear that the franchise doesn't exactly share the same love for number twenty-one. However, once Carmelo Anthony endorsed Shumpert the rumors began to settle down and so did the Knicks outspoken disappointment in the Georgia Tech product. What Anthony says, goes. His tune may very well be changing though after a recent public yelling match with Shumpert.

'New York Knicks' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Until further notice, Carmelo Anthony runs the New York Knicks. Are there coaches? Yes. Are there front office personnel? Yes. However, this is Anthony's team. What he says goes, period. When he said Iman Shumpert would be a big part of their future the trade rumors went away. However, after Shumpert yelled at Anthony on the bench recently he may have lost Anthony's endorsement and talked his way closer to door.

Shumpert is already fighting the fact that he's fallen out of favor with coach Mike Woodson. He's already fighting the fact that J.R. Smith is a coach favorite. He's already have to deal with the fact that rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. has quickly become a fan favorite and looks like he can be a real player in this league. Now he may have to deal with Anthony's wrath after a shouting match on national television.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reports this on-bench shouting match may have been the last straw for Shumpert in New York.

A shouting match with Carmelo Anthony and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr.’s breakout game may have pushed Iman Shumpert closer to the door.

Hardaway is fighting for playing time with Shumpert, who got into a heated rant with Anthony on the Knicks bench during a third-quarter timeout. Anthony didn’t look at him as Shumpert raved. Shumpert, who was then benched for the fourth quarter of the 103-99 loss to the Pelicans, called his tiff with Anthony “a miscommunication’’ on defense.

'Tim Hardaway jr.' photo (c) 2012, Adam Glanzman - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork also reported the argument.

MSG cameras showed Iman Shumpert yelling at Carmelo Anthony during a break in the game against the Pelicans. 

Shumpert appeared to be upset at Anthony for a missed defensive assignment that led to a Ryan Anderson 3-pointer in the third quarter of the Knicks' loss. 

Both Shumpert and Anthony downplayed the incident after the game. 

Shumpert called it a "defensive miscommunication."

Now, looking at the video, Anthony could have rotated. However, he also would have been leaving his man in the corner wide open. It would have made a lot more sense for Bargnani to come out and cover his man. It also would have made more sense and been safer for Shumpert to get in Bargnani's face instead of Anthony's.

That being said, this wasn't the first burst of frustration by the Knicks. As Knicks 101 reported, Metta World Peace and Kenyon Martin also shared words recently. Why is this going on? It's simple, the Knicks are losing. Winning solves everything. It's very typical for teams to become frustrate and have blow-outs when they're being laughed off the floor.

The problem with this outburst is Shumpert is already holding onto his Knicks career by a string. To attack the one guy who can keep you around isn't the smartest move. Especially when this is just another event on the way towards Shumpert being relocated.

'Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It started this off-season when he had off-season surgery on his left knee which angered the Knicks because of its timing. He then reported to play on the Knicks summer league team at the franchise's request. They planned focus the offense around him and try to make him more offensive minded and aggressive with the ball in his hands.

However, that didn't last long as Shumpert left the summer league team in order to go overseas for promotion purposes. That angered the franchise all the way up to the owner. From that moment on, Shumpert's been on James Dolan's hit list. 

Shumpert's been offered in trades all over the league for players like Rajon Rondo, Kenneth Faried and others. Those talks simmered down after receiving Anthony's endorsement. However, this recent spat couldn't have helped their relationship. Could yelling at Anthony on the bench be the final straw that costs Shumpert his Knicks career?

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Tags: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Georgia Tech, Iman Shumpert, James Dolan, Madison Square Garden, Mike Woodson, NBA, New York, New York Knicks

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