NBA Free-agent Iman Shumpert is the latest member to join ABC’s Dancing with the Stars cast for Season 30. Shumpert was selected by the New York Knicks with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft and won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the coveted year of 2016.
Shumpert was caught exiting the DWTS’ studio Thursday after rehearsals and is reportedly keeping his dancing identity “under wraps.” The 31-year-old joins his spose, Teyana Taylor into the dancing career. Taylor was featured in Kayne West’s “Fade” music shoot and Shumpert was panned late into the video, but didn’t find himself completing the “Flashdance.”
Shumpert may just have found his new out-of-the NBA career after Taylor found his rap stint ‘weird’. He started writing poetry in his school days and then his brother introduced him to music. When he heard the beat of one of Ice Cube’s tracks, he realized he could say whatever he wanted. Shumpert further opened up on being able to connect with others through music unlike on the basketball floor.
“I’m so used to trying to not allow myself on the court to ever make it personal,” Shumpert revealed on his reality TV show on E! We Got Love Teyana & Iman. ” This side of things, being an artist, is like me trying to connect with people in a way that I can make you feel like you’re just me.”
Shumpert remains on the free-agency wall and last suited up for the Brooklyn Nets, but didn’t crack through a crowded wing rotation. He starred for 2 contests averaging 1.0 points, 0.5, rebounds, and 0.5 steals in 5.5 minutes of action. Shumpert suffered a hamstring injury days after agreeing to his contract last February.