Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 3:40 pm  |  32 responses

Iman Shumpert Says New York Knicks Aiming for 60 Wins Next Season

The New York Knickerbockers won 54 regular season games before flaming out in this year’s Playoffs. Next season, according to Iman Shumpert, the team has its eyes set on an even bigger win total. Per the NY Post: “How many did we win last year?,’ Shumpert said at his summer basketball camp Tuesday in White Plains. ‘Fifty-four, hopefully we can win 60 next year. We want to build on what we already have. We started off not getting out of the first round. Now we just have to build.’ Shumpert was critical of the Knicks after they flamed out in the second round, saying it wasn’t good enough. Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson had different perceptions. As for next season, Shumpert said, ‘We want to lock in on our division, set ourselves up in the playoffs and get into the Eastern Conference Finals. We can’t want anything less.’ The Knicks fell short last year when they lost the Pacers in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Shumpert refused to wax eloquent about the Heat winning the NBA championship last Thursday over the Spurs in a classic seven-game series. ‘They won,’ Shumpert said. ‘I’m not going to talk about LeBron (James), Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat. I watched it. It was cool and everything. But I don’t want to talk about it.’”

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    They’ll win 90 regular season games before they win a championship with the team they have

  • OfftheWall87

    JR Smith is going to become an unrestricted free agent so chances are great that 6th Man of the Year award will have him looking for more money than the Knicks can give him. Meaning it’s going to go back to iso Melo. 60 wins won’t be happening. Chicago and Miami will be the two to get there next season. NY will win 50 plus.

  • spit hot fiyah

    not a bad goal, not very likely though. old team gets older without being able to make any major moves due to untradable contracts

  • Lil_Stratboy

    lol don’t bring bad luck on yourselves Knicks, look at what the Lakers did to themselves last year:
    1) MWP saying they’ll go 73-9.

    2) Hiring Mike Antoni ( I took the D out because he teaches no defense)

  • roscoe

    how about the idea of winning a chip?

    who cares about 60 wins?

    what is this, baseball?

  • Junior Taylor

    Anyone notice how it seems that out of all the teams (even the ones that made it further in the Playoffs), the Knicks do the most talking? Every off-season it’s the same sh*t. We are going to do this, we are going to do that. How about going out there and doing it.

  • shockexchange

    Once the Shock Exchange was aiming to date Pam Grier and Lola Falana at the same ____ time … What’s Shumpert’s point again?

  • keyon dooIing

    60 wins and one more of these?

  • shockexchange

    Okay Keyon. The Shock Exchange sees you son.

  • melvo

    The Knicks always talk big during the offseason and always fail to deliver.

  • Basketball_iQ

    I sweeeeeear….. They get the most hype of any team preseason,,,, post season, they be home on the grill.
    Where’s big mouth Dan Powers who swore up and down this team would be the ish.

  • dana

    respect. you’re old.

  • 1982

    He’s including the playoffs.

  • danpowers

    dont u think it looks a little pathetic to call out somebody having a big mouth by starting a statement with “I sweeeeeear…”? hmmm….
    what do you expect basketball players to say when they get asked? “probably we wont win a single game next season”? ny is a media capital. its just logic that there is more media attention. dont worry man, sooner or later you’ll read something about players you root for, too.
    they were the ish when healthy. apparently its not possible to keep an old a*s team anything close to healthy during the playoffs. sh*t happens.

  • danpowers

    maybe shumpert has information about lebron james, derrick rose, paul george and deron williams not dressing up at all next season.

  • danpowers

    guys of 30 teams talk big during the offseason and guys of 29 teams fail to deliver each year. the difference is just that you read more about the knicks.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    how bout not choking that should be a claim

  • Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I wondered if Keyon Dooling would want to play for the Knicks now that Kidd is gone, but I guess he wants to play for Miami

  • Noompsi

    I bet “cuatro aguacates y un pato” this does not happen…

  • OneStep

    It will all depend on their health. If the Knicks don’t lose to many games to injuries they have every chance of a 60 win season. I just don’t see them being that lucky though given their injury-prone roster. Melo, Chandler, Amare and even Shumpert himself rarely, if ever, manage an 82 game season.

  • Ugh

    I don’t think you need to qualify that last line. That joke is older than Kevin Willis.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange is old and he has good taste too.

  • danpowers

    staying something close to healthy be enough

  • danpowers

    it is way too early to make any predictions. yet they have to bring back jr smith, prigioni and copeland. if they leave, which is not very unlikely, the knicks will be in big trouble replacing them. there are also other tangibles like stoudemire’s health or how they’d be able to replace kidd. i wouldnt underestimate the value of his presence, even though he couldnt make shots when the season came to an end.
    we also dont know yet who they’ll get in the draft n how that kid will cope with the nba.
    thats too many questionmarks for me to talk about next season’s goals or record already.

  • danpowers

    yet its too early to even predict a 50plus season. the cap situation is so bad that the team might lose a handful of important contributors without being able to replace them adequately.
    if the front office would just for once make basketball over business decisions this summer and if stat’s knees would heal due to a miracle i would co-sign that 50 or even 60 wins prediction. but that are two very big ifs.

  • Roger Rogers

    I still want Pam Grier.

  • Roger Rogers

    It’s funny how people complain how knicks are the only team who talks big in the preseason, but look how many comments this got compared to everything else. They get talked about the most on this website.

  • melvo

    Haha, agree to disagree…

  • danpowers

    sure i agree, obviously the knicks didnt win a championship since the 70s. but if you play basketball on any competitive level you know that if you dont believe in yourself and your team that you wouldnt have to show up to play in the first place. what do you expect him to say when journalists ask him? “we will struggle to make the playoffs and probably face a first round exit”?

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Yeah true. I honestly think they need a guy to set Melo up he can do damage with the ball and create for himself but he hurts the offense when he holds the rock. I think he should be a catch and shoot/attack guy who only gets the ball when it is absolutely necessary.

  • danpowers

    who should that be? i mean look at the cap situation and players under contract. it would be pretty much impossible to get a guy like cp3 or anything close to that. felton and shumpert are not the worst of backcourts out there.

    sure, it would be better if melo played like lebron james. but to be fair – it was bad luck (and age) that the team had to deal with so many injuries when they played indiana. even if you wouldve replaced anthony with james the knicks wouldnt have won that series coz the knicks were too shaken up. on the other hand, that wouldve most likely been the knicks’ series if the team wouldve been anything close to healthy.

    so i think its more about the architecture of the supporting cast (age) and a little luck to have a more or less healthy squad out there come playoff time. its on the front office to stop signing 40 year old guys and stop giving guys like novak or camby that much money in multi year contracts.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    True very true. I wish melo could have kept chauncey around I feel like he really helped elevate his game in my opinion. Hell if he had J Kidd just or five years ago that would have done wonders. And felton and shrump are a very legit back court I meant no disrespect. I think a guy like Calderon would have been great though his defense is horrid I feel like he has a Nash like game and is a really good facilitator.

    But melo is going to have to really play some defense man to make that next jump. That would take so much pressure off of his teammates. That along with a cheap but efficent pg who thrives on setting others up should do it.