Iman Shumpert, a former NBA champion, has made headlines in the United States in recent hours. The 31-year-old athlete, currently away from the activity, was the winner of the 30th edition of the well-known program “Dancing with the Stars”, alongside his partner Daniella Karagach, who is a professional dancer.
Shumpert, who won the top title of the competition with the Cleveland Cavaliers jersey and alongside LeBron James, entered the television show after only having two appearances with the Brooklyn Nets the previous season and after that experience he became an agent free.
Then, Shumpert accepted the invitation to participate in the space broadcast by ABC. After a long journey, which concluded on the day of last Monday, the man who acts as an escort on the court became the first member from the NBA to obtain victory in the iconic ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
In the defining round of the contest, Iman Shumpert and her partner Daniella Karagach surprised the jury by dancing to ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire, ‘Lose Control’ by Missy Elliott and ‘Bounce’ by DJ Clent. In fact, the successful couple’s presentations received the best comments from the experts.
Shumpert also had the support of his wife Teyana Taylor. A multifaceted woman, who is famous for her career as a rapper, dancer, and choreographer. In fact, she sang in the semifinal of the competition the song ‘Dark Fantasy’ by Kanye West, which accompanied the dance of the duo that was awarded a 38 out of 40 in the score.
“I never thought I would have a dance trophy. I think Dani (Karagach) and I decided that when we reached 40 points, we didn’t want to be left behind and finish the competition. We spent many hours on it and at the time of acting it was easier”, expressed the NBA champion in the 2015-16 season.
The message from LeBron James
LeBron James, who shared the squad with Iman Shumpert in the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been attentive to the performances of his former teammate. Through social media, the Los Angeles Lakers star supported him and when he won the dance contest, he left a story to show his joy: “Congrats brother. That’s so…”, and completed with flame emoticons.
“Thanks. You know we play to win “Shumpert replied to LeBron. Later, the winner of “Dancing with the Stars” revealed that there is a group of NBA players who can repeat their success on the show: “Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony have good footwork. Guys with good footwork “, Hill.