Most rookies would be intimidated joining a team featuring Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, much less being thrust right into the starting lineup. But the Knicks say Iman Shumpert isn’t ordinary but extraordinary, a draft night steal because of the confidence in his own abilities and the chip on his shoulder.
“He’s so poised as a rookie,” Anthony said. “You can’t say that about a lot of rookies. For him to come and fit right into what we have going on here, that’s big-time. That says a lot about him. One thing he doesn’t lack is confidence and I love that. There are times we feed off him.
“That’s his approach too. I want him to play with a chip on his shoulder, and go out and show everybody what he’s about. You can see it. In order for us to be successful, he’s a big part of this.’’