Stephen A. Smith Says NY Knicks Owner James Dolan Wanted to Trade Iman Shumpert
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Should Carmelo Anthony leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, should Orange and Blue ever make another regrettable decision, look to this moment as everything that's wrong with the organization.
Azaz of The Knicks FanBlog found a piece of video that showed Stephen A. Smith and Dwight Howard talking off the record during their most recent interview for SportsCenter's Sunday Conversation.
In it, Smith can be heard talking to Howard about how Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to trade Iman Shumpert because he didn't want to play in the summer league (h/t Deadspin for transcription):
Smith is notorious for saying what's on his mind, and we're not able to believe every bold proclamation that comes out of his mouth, but this is just so Dolan.
And by the way, [James] Dolan was ready to trade [Shumpert] because he didn't want to work out in the summer league. Dolan's talking about trading him. I said, 'trade who? You better hold on to that boy. You better not lose Iman Shumpert.' That boy can play.
Shumpert is easily New York's second-best asset at the moment. Melo figures him to be a star in the next couple of years, and trading him now for something this stupid isn't going to help the Knicks next summer when Anthony is a free agent.
We're not talking about Shumpert refusing to play in a regular-season game, or him even pulling a Derrick Rose and being overly cautious about his return from a torn ACL. This is the summer league. It means next to nothing.
Clearly, this can't be true?
Now seems like a good time to remind you that this is the same Dolan who fell asleep at a Knicks playoff game this past year, and the same Dolan who intervened during Melodrama trade talks in 2011, going over Donnie Walsh's head and probably costing the team more than they were originally offering.
Given his track record, this seems right on par with his past behavior.
Never mind that your franchise cornerstone fancies Shumpert a star, or that he's one of the only good things you have going for you. Trade him, all because he didn't want to participate in exhibition-style play, when he probably could have used some rest.
That makes total sense.
Shumpert was one-and-done at the Las Vegas summer league—a decision we were led to believe was about protecting the third-year guard, but what I now consider to be a (deserved) backhanded finger-flip aimed at the buffoon the Knicks are forced to call an owner.
God forbid a player (and the team) look out for his health before Dolan's sick, twisted and nonsensical will be done, right?
Stay not-so-classy, Jimmy. You may just be able to run the Knicks into the ground ahead of schedule if you do.