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

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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