Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  49 responses

Iman Shumpert Had Planned to Dunk Over Jeremy Lin’s Couch

Jeremy Evans will take the injured Iman Shumpert’s place in the Dunk Contest this weekend, but Evans likely won’t pull off anything as hilarious as what Shumpert and teammate Jeremy Lin had in mind. From the NY Post: “Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert, who officially pulled out of the Slam Dunk contest yesterday because of tendinitis in his knee, admitted he had a ‘Linsane’ trick up his sleeve. Yes, he and Jeremy Lin had talked about doing a dunk in which Shumpert would vault over a couch — the symbol of Lin’s humble sleeping conditions. ‘He was going to help me out,’’ Shumpert said. ‘Once my knee was so sore, I started thinking about it: ‘Am I going to be able to jump over the couch?’ All kinds of things to think about.’ Shumpert missed his second straight game last night and will return after the All-Star break. However, he said he will see how the knee feels before committing to Wednesday’s game vs. Cleveland.”

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  • shutup

    lmao, Yeah that woulda been a 50 if he made it on the first try

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i really wanted to see him in the contest, but i’m so glad this wont happen

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    The couch thing was kind of expected once Jeremy Lin was rumored to be involved!

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    This is one of few scenarios where I approve of using props.

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    That would have been the most hipster dunk ever. The self-satire and irony would have been epic.

  • Riggs

    with Lin sleeping on it and throwing an alley-oop. Instant 50.

  • Bt

    Vince carter, nique, jordan, Julius and j-rich would be rolling over on their cliches knowing this is what the dunk contest has come to. Scrap props and the ridiculous fan voting or scrap the contest

  • @boweezy24

    @Riggs That Would Be Awesome Haha

  • Marcnificent

    Well obviously it seems like the real stars dont want to really participate anymore…Thats fine…Since AllStar weekend is a fans weekend, they should let real people be in it….Let fans send in videos of their own dunks, wether its streetballers weve already seen, Rec league players etc, let them be in it….I guarantee it will be more entertaining than this crap.

  • Blake O

    Sorry marcnificent…but that’s just a downright terrible idea. And the point isn’t for the dunk contest to be Lebron vs Vince Carter or something, the point is for the up and coming guys in the league to get a stage to show us what they have, it’s been that way in the dunk contest for years now, I personally have no problem with it

  • The Earl Watson experience

    Pretty sure it would be Landry Fields couch :)

  • http://sl.com Krishan

    I’m really sorry about shumpert’s injury, but I’m so happy that we didn’t get to see this.

  • bike

    Would he still have won if, in the dunk attempt, he didn’t clear the couch and came crashing down to the floor screaming and writhing in pain?

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Who the hell is Jeremy Evans?!?!?!

  • Riggs

    @Bt: please tell me what dunk should they do that hasnt been seen 1000x before already? I’m all for props if they are funny and well intentioned like this one.

  • BasketballJunkie

    If he windmill over the couch turned long ways that would be cold! but if he jumped over it regular that would be hella corny. i seen him jump b4 he def got boosties tho

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    There is no dunk that can be done, without a prop, that is not some slight variation of a dunk we’ve already seen. I think Iggy and AI’s dunk bouncing it off the back of the backboard was the last original dunk idea. I’m STILL waiting for someone to put the ball between both legs scissor kick style like the old NBA Live dunk contest.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dude from Utah who has crazy, crazy hops. Like insane. He caught an amazing putback dunk in the summer league.

  • Allen Iverson

    Thanks Allen. I will admit I have never heard of the guy before. Then again I haven’t watched any Jazz games this year.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Lmao. Epic idea. Get well Shump!

  • http://slamonline.com Brion

    Jumping a shark is more appropriate given current state of the dunk contest.

  • MikeC.

    Meh. We all piss and moan about this every year, and then every year someone does at least one dunk that makes us all say “woah”. With the exception of the wheel year, the dunk-off has been pretty solid. I don’t like that props are beating out better dunks. Maybe have 1 round that has a mandatory prop, and other rounds have no props allowed.

  • bike

    I wish they would ban props. It’s turning more into a skit contest where I always thought the idea was to showcase amazing athletic ability. If they want to have an event where these guys just jump over sh*t, then have one–call it the ‘Jump Over Sh*t Contest’. And no costumes either. Dwight’s past performances were just plain embarrassing.

  • MikeC.

    Jumping over a couch would be cool, as long as he jumped the long way. Hell, I can clear the back of a couch and I’m 33 and out of shape.

  • LA Huey

    I like MikeC’s idea. Ideally, each contestant’s dunks would be a “classic”, “remix”, “prop”, “assisted”, and an original.

  • LA Huey

    I got an original dubbed “The Royal Flush”. I’d go out there with my jersey tucked into my break-away pants. My teammate would be waiting at the free throw line on bended knee and in knight’s armor. And a toilet would be positioned just before the charge circle. When I run past my teammate he pulls off my pants and reveals my naked bottom. I jump over the toilet, drop a deuce into it, and finish with the dunk. 8/10?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    how does the teammate pull off the pants?

  • bike

    Okay, after reading LA’s description of The Royal Flush, I take back my statement about no props.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Huey, to make it more interesting and visually stimulating for the folks, I suggest a 24 hour taco bell feast before the dunk contest. And plastic sheets for the front rows, gallagher style. Bonus points for farthest spray.

  • LA Huey

    @Allenp, they’re breakaways. You just rip them off.
    @Tarzan, I think you’d have to make sure you have several rounds in the chamber considering how often guys miss their 1st and 2nd attempts.
    Is there a pair better suited for this than JaVale and Nick Young?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I mean, he has on metal gloves. Those have to affect dexterity. does he use his hands, or a lance. A lance would be cooler, plus there is always the possibility he stabs you in an artery in the leg so that improves the score.

  • LA Huey

    Good point. I guess the “knight armor” should turn into “knight costume”. That way he can substitute chain mail gloves for something more functional.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    - Free-throw line through-the-legs has yet to be done in the NBA.
    - Windmill honey-dip (ie. Vince Carter’s sticking his forearm in the hoop).
    - 360 behind the back.
    I’m sure SOMEONE in the NBA can do these, as crazy as they sound. I’ve seen the windmill honey-dip done in college, while James White is the only athlete I’ve ever seen do a through-the-legs from the free throw line.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Remember when they HAD to let Blake Griffin win so he could do a stupid KIA commercial in the final round? lol…

  • patrick

    Tendonitis?? Why doesn’t he massage his knee ligaments with a high-powered whirlpool?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    i see this is how people figure out what to do before dunks.
    why don’t they do this for 3 point contest too?

  • bike

    Grabs a b-ball off the top of the backboard and slams it home. All my life I have heard about these guys that supposedly could touch the top of the backboard but I have never seen it done. Dwight once said he could do it but when some sports writer challanged him he backed down.

  • JR smiths!!

    that WoUlD of BEeN AwEsOmR~~

  • underdog

    IKEA could have sponsored this one.

  • MikeC.

    @underdog – then next year we could have Blake defend his Kia crown against the winner of this year’s Ikea crown. The winner gets a car that has to be assembled at home using only an allen key and massive bursts of anger.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ lol.

  • MikeC.

    @Teddy – ever assembled an Ikea product? I put together a very complicated multi-layered bookshelf for a girl I was dating. It was awful. It took an entire sweaty, furious afternoon. Luckily for me, almost a decade later, I married that girl and she still had the bookshelf. When we bought a house, the bookshelf didn’t fit in anywhere. I got to have a nice little evening with some brews, a hammer, baseball bat and lighter fluid. I went medieval on that ish. Very cathartic.

  • http://www.nbafullcourtpressure.com ThisGuy

    He should jump over Lin’s car…

  • http://www.andywhitby.com Andy Whitby

    @MikeC….love that story hahahaha

  • BoWeezy24

    Yeah Every Dunk Probably Been Seen Before, So I Think Most NBA Players Know That Too. The Utalizing The Props Would Be The Way To Win.

  • Francesco

    I suggested this idea to Iman Shumpert via Twitter on 16th of February!!! It’s a pity he could’nt do it!

  • Dan

    thats my statement on that whole couch issue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ucF7ZzRkKc&feature=related

  • Selia

    He probably would have broken his neck.

  • YaNoseFunk

    I want to see someone dunk blind-folded, while jumping over conjoined twins on a motorcycle, that’s parked on a couch, the long way, while clutching a midget and wearing a pair of Clarks cayo fabric thong sandals.

    MAYBE I’d vote. Maybe.