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Shumpert honed his shutdown skills growing up as the second youngest of four brothers while playing...

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Shumpert honed his shutdown skills growing up as the second youngest of four brothers while playing in "backyard basketball wars" at his family's house in Oak Park, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago. Shumpert remembers the fierce competition vividly -- the yelling, screaming, fighting and clawing -- and learned the most important thing from his siblings about how to earn respect on the Chi-town playgrounds: stop your man. "I was so short and I was real skinny, and my older brothers, [Odis and Ahrii], would just beat up on me," Shumpert said. "Back home, if you get scored on, you’re the weak link. When I started getting good, they were like, 'If you’re going to play on our team when we go play pick-up and you start getting scored on, we’re not going to let you play anymore.' I started learning how to help other people out with my defense."

Jared Zwerling's piece on Iman Shumpert is one of a whole mess o' things this week that'll make you really like Iman Shumpert. Also, his brother's names are just as cool as his!
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