Iman Shumpert is nothing if not industrious. When he's not busy rehabbing from a torn ACL, giving his take on the latest kicks or predicting (incorrectly) how his beloved Chicago Bears will fare on the gridiron, the second-year swingman for the New York Knicks is laying the groundwork for a...ummm..."prolific" career in the world of hip-hop.
His latest foray? Why, an ode to his teammates, of course!
Because, you know, ain't nobody messin' with his Knicks (KnicksKnicksKnicksKnicksKnicksKnicks)...or something. Or, at least, they weren't when 21 Shump Street dropped his latest, Kanye West-inspired track—shortly after the Knicks torched the Miami Heat by 20 points on national television on December 6.
In the span of 73 glorious seconds, Shump accounts for everyone in the locker room, save for the assistant coaches and the equipment managers. From the Knicks' "Big Three" of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire ("Yeah, I'm talking Melo, yeah I'm talking Tyson/And that's a gold medal, Amar'e, he know how to spike it") to acrobatics of benchwarmer James White ("Flight White from the free-throw line, we go like it's 2K"), 21 Shump Street leaves no stone unturned.
Shump also took the time to express his approval of New York's new/old corps of point guards (...went back and caught Felton/Mix Prigioni with Jason and Oh Lord help 'em) and give eager fans an insight into the intricate coaching genius of Mike Woodson (Woody like, "Just go play").
Better yet, he should have plenty of time to hone his lyrical craft. Brett Cyrgalis of The New York Post recently reported that there's still no timetable for Shump's return, even though he's been dunking "with flair."
One can only hope that Shump will be ready to go by January 3, when the San Antonio Spurs make their yearly trek to Madison Square Garden. It'd be a shame for "the game" if he were to miss out on a golden opportunity for a head-to-head, Yeezy-style rap battle with Stephen Jackson (a.k.a. Stak5).