At the 8:30 mark of the second quarter, Jason Kidd curled around a Chris Copeland screen at the top of the arc and then he hit Copeland on the pick-and-pop for a shot from downtown.
As the ball sailed through the air, the seas parted to provide a lane for Iman Shumpert. Three Pacers watched the ball hit back iron and then the glorious moment occurred in a matter of seconds that punctuated over 13 months of arduous work.
Forget watching the spectacular highlight. The pure soundtrack of the moment will send chills up your spine. A couple murmurs are heard as the ball bounced off the rim and then with the force of a crushing tidal wave, Shumpert hammered one of the most exhilarating dunks of the 2013 Playoffs. Shumpert launched off his surgically repaired knee just outside the restricted area on a perfectly timed jump to emphatically smash a one-handed tomahawk jam that sent the New York fans into an absolute frenzy.
“I think I was trying to make a statement. That was the most perfect miss. It came off so perfect. It was beautiful. I wanted to win this game so bad. I knew we needed this game,” Shumpert explained.
Sports are filled with stories of redemption and the struggle to regain success when it’s harshly ripped away due to a severe injury. Each player deals with a different set of circumstances but watching a promising rookie fall to the floor on a routine, non-contact play in the first round of the playoffs is downright heartbreaking.
On April 28, 2012, Shumpert dropped to the hardwood at AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami at the tail end of an impressive first-year campaign. Head coach Mike Woodson, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, and the rest of the Knicks huddled around Shumpert as he clutched his knee in agonizing pain.
The torn ACL was the most significant injury in Shumpert’s life and the road back to basketball seemed eons away. With a chip on his shoulder, Shumpert attacked the rehab process like a full-court press. Over the summer, he returned to Oak Park, Illinois to host his basketball camp, visit his family, and most importantly, continue the taxing process of building strength around his knee.
As the temperature fell, the NBA year started, and Shumpert’s flattop grew with each step towards his first appearance of the 2012-13 season. Back in New York, Shumpert launched jumpers, hit the weights, and was able to place perspective on the injury that sidelined him for a portion of his second year.
“It’s one of the best things to ever happen to me,” Shumpert stated in January. “It’s a frustrating process but every time you reach a milestone, it’s a breath of fresh air.”
The Knicks raced out to a 24-13 record while Shumpert patiently waited for his debut, which eventually took place in London against the Detroit Pistons.
Shumpert understood the implications of his return. It would take time to build back the extreme athleticism that was so prevalent during his rookie year. The 6-5, 220-pound wing man displayed a knack for on-ball defensive pressure that caught the eye of national pundits around the league. He was quickly becoming one of the best defenders in the NBA prior to the injury.
Over the course of his comeback, opposing teams witnessed new wrinkles in Shumpert’s evolving game. All of the sudden, Shumpert developed into a deadly spot-up shooter, hitting 44.4 percent on those opportunities from the 3-point line this year. He damaged opponents by camping out in the corner for the long ball.
The mixture of perimeter shooting, a strong handle, slashing drives to the rim, and elite defensive awareness provides New York with a serious weapon as part of its arsenal that has formed to make a run at the title.
“I’ve been waiting my whole life to play in the playoffs. So, I’m just living in the moment right now,” Shumpert confessed.
To be clear, the thrilling one-handed dunk from Shumpert on Tuesday night did not signify he’s back in a cliché examination of his return from the knee injury. The jaw-dropping image of the slam is a simple reminder that Shumpert is a game-altering force living in the moment and his devastating injury is a now a distant memory.
How gorgeous is this.
I’ve been waiting to see this again.
I disagree… but very poetic
THE dilemma at the end of every semester
The internet is clamoring about this Broussard and I thought I’d like to throw my matches into the bonfire.
I mean, at this point, I’m kind of tired of this whole mess. I’m not going to use this as a platform to announce which team I’m siding with. Truth is, this dude’s beliefs are grounded in what he believes is true, and he, like the dude dressed in only (only) furs at a gay pride parade, has the right to put a megaphone to his lips and tell people what he believes to be important.
That being said… Hell, there are a lot of better ways to go about it. Let’s take the example of that hypothetical kinda naked gay dude dancing his way through a gay pride parade. Is he doing what he’s doing for a worthy purpose? Sure. Is it effective? Well, that is an entirely different question entirely. Will that guy’s actions add or detract from the battle to allow gay marriage rights? Best case scenario - no. Worst case scenario - he adds to the caricature of the effeminate gay man and serves as fuel for the conservative rage-flame.
Likewise, Broussard’s firm stance is respectably bold, as is any bold stance in this culture of pussies. But is it effective? Was it wise? Has it added or detracted from the message of Christian love? No. No. Messed it all up.
I’m sure some of you just had brain aneurysms and think that I’m ashamed of the truth or that I’m into hiding the truth, but those are far from reality. The Joker in The Dark Knight, while burning a pile of money says, “It’s not about money, it’s about sending a message.” It’s not about defending our faith as it is about sending a message that is closer to reality. We need to regain the trust of the public by choosing our words carefully and sending out a message of grace that doesn’t compromise the truth. Hearts are too hard right now to listen to anything we say. At this point of the discourse, we need to do more than tolerate. We need to empathize and show grace beyond what we think is adequate. Sorry, bro. Nice try.
Flip-flop try at showing grace while using his platform to share what HE believes and what THE BIBLE calls sin.
I agree with ryoo.
close but no cigar…
i think i’m getting that itch
when I see career obsessed folks
I used to scoff and point a judgmental finger at them
but now I get it
to perfect your craft, to be the best
is this such a bad thing?
hmm feels like im compromising somehow
but then again
giving my all for His Kingdom
doesn’t make sense yet it make perfect sense to me
what else could I do?
they call it grace because we don’t deserve it
I call it love because I’ll never understand it
I don’t have the patience that I need to really have
so I pray really hard and yet my mistakes are put on blast
my apologies don’t fit in
my emotions are a dead end
I hope that God can trust me
cuz my reality just set in
my sins are on display for everyone to see
that I’m a dirty sinner, so much pride like it was free
I think I’ll never understand it
God’s grace or the ten commandments
but he surrounds me with true love
that sometimes I can’t deny it
im still confused about this faith that I question
but I look up to the heavens, pray again, and learn my lesson
I need to be humble, there’s no way around it
so God use my pain, don’t affirm it, just surround it
it’s clear more than ever that I desperately need Your love
so help me to look past my pride, and look to you above.
My friend, the seminarian, that knows me too well.me: i'm seeing andrea bocelli in junepretty kewl, right?Jong: damnconcert?me: yeahJong: whyme: to...... ...
“וְקִרְע֤וּ לְבַבְכֶם֙ וְאַל־ בִּגְדֵיכֶ֔ם וְשׁ֖וּבוּ אֶל־ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֑ם כִּֽי־ חַנּ֤וּן וְרַחוּם֙ ה֔וּא אֶ֤רֶךְ אַפַּ֙יִם֙ וְרַב־ חֶ֔סֶד...”
If I ever get to baptize a baby boy, I'm gonna do this...
And then look over at the parents and say “He’s ready…”
“You had a dream, and we wanted to support your dream.
That’s what you do when you care about someone.
You support them, win, lose, or draw.
Why I Don't Eat Muffins
I don’t eat muffins. I don’t flaunt it nor do I try to conceal the fact that I don’t. It’s just a personal decision that I’ve...
TRYING TO WORK ON TWO ABYSMAL PAPERS AT THE SAME TIME