To be champion of the NBA to win a renowned dance contest. Shumpert magnet, who played for 10 seasons in the best basketball league in the world, became together with his partner Daniella karagach in the winners of the 30th edition of “Dancing with the Stars”, a TV classic in the United States that brings together great dancers with recognized figures from sports and entertainment.
Shumpert, who won the NBA title alongside LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after beating the Golden State Warriors in the remembered finale of the 2015-2016 season, has been without a team since last season when he only played two games with the Brooklyn Nets. With no place in the competition, the 31-year-old joined the network’s television show ABC and became the first basketball player to compete in the top league to win the contest.
Along with his partner, the dancer Karagach, Shumpert danced to the tune of ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire, ‘Lose Control’ by Missy Elliott and ‘Bounce’ by DJ Clent. The last choreography wowed the judges, which is why they were proclaimed the winners of the contest. It should be noted that the player who was chosen by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2011 Draft, is married to Teyana taylor, the famous rapper, dancer and choreographer.
Precisely, Taylor’s voice sounded in the semifinals, where the duo DanIman -the title that the dance couple used throughout the contest- achieved a score of 38 out of 40 dancing to the song ‘Dark Fantasy’ by Kanye West. “I never thought I’d 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 when it came to acting it was easier, ”Shumpert declared after receiving the trophy as the champion of the contest.
Among other rhythms, the former NBA stood out on the track dancing choreographies to jazz, cha-cha, freestyle, pasodoble and tango music.
It should be noted that Shumpert had a great ally to be crowned champion of “Dancing with the Stars”. His former partner LeBron James was always attentive to Iman’s performances through social networks. What’s more, the 1.96-meter guard took advantage and celebrated at the end of one of his routines with the classic gesture called “Silencer” wearing the NBA legend in which he raised his knees and made a downward motion with his hands facing the floor.
“Congratulations, brothers. That’s so….”, published the Los Angeles Lakers star on his Instagram account, and completed the sentence with several flame emojis to highlight the achievement of the player with whom he shared several seasons in Cleveland.
Greeting to King It was enough for Shumpert to join allies for a final in which he shared the poster with the dancer Amanda kloots, the actor Cody Rigsby and the young woman Jojo siwa which is all the rage on social media and YouTube for his choreography.
Before the farewell, the former NBA champion was consulted about what other players could participate in the program. What did Iman say? “Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony have good footwork. Guys with good footwork “, explained in relation to one of the best point guards in the league and one of the top scorers in history.
With his title, Shumpert, who played 15 NBA games in the past two seasons, joined the list of other athletes who won the contest such as American football players Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward, and the Olympic champion gymnast Laurie hernandez.
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