Posted November 20, 2013

Clyde Frazier: Iman Shumpert has lost his swagger

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Iman Shumpert (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Iman Shumpert’s body language hasn’t been great since trade rumors began. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Knicks lost their third straight game on Tuesday night, and one of the culprits in their slow start is Iman Shumpert, who the team expected to make a leap in his third season.

As a result, New York has explored trade opportunities for the 23-year-old, and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who works on Knicks broadcasts, thinks the rumors have affected Shumpert’s play.

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“He’s always been a very confident guy,’’ Frazier told The New York Post before the Knicks’ 92-86 loss to the Pistons. “I think he just has to find his role. Sometimes he doesn’t look like he’s happy out here. Maybe that’s because he heard the rumors he’s being traded. But he’s very stern in his face. It doesn’t look like he’s having fun.’’

Shumpert is averaging 8.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season, and Frazier sees his youth and potential as reasons for being dangled as trade bait.

“You look at team, he’s a valuable asset,’’ Frazier said. “One of the few guys they can trade. Not surprised by that.’

“It has to be a breakout year for him. He was there as a rookie. The injury set him back, but he came back strong last year. This has to be the year he shows something.’’

The Knicks (3-7) play host to the Pacers (9-1) on Wednesday night.

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1 comments
Udaho
Udaho

Maybe his confidence is shot because of his past with injuries as well. It's not good for a young player who's been in and out the line up because of injuries. Who knows if he's playing with the handbrake on trying to stay healthy instead of going all out and bust another knee. And there 's a trade rumor, to add insult to the injury( no pun intended ). It's always an interplay between a coach and player to get the best result. He needs coach 's trust, and he needs to deliver.