Iman Shumpert is just not performed with the NBA.
The NBA free agent guard made historical past this week — turning into the season 30 winner of “Dancing with the Stars” — and he stated he’s trying ahead to returning to the court docket.
“Trying to see what we can get done. I love basketball. I never stopped playing,” Shumpert, 31, advised TMZ whereas in New York, following his ballroom win. “They call me a ‘former’, ‘ex,’ but I told them the league just didn’t pay me this year. It’s not an ‘ex’ thing. Me and the league didn’t break up.”
Shumpert — who’s married to singer/dancer/actress, Teyana Taylor — hasn’t performed an NBA sport since February 2021 with the Nets. He was on a 10-day contract with Brooklyn on the time.
Last week, the ex-Knick stated throughout an look on “NBA Today” he’s nonetheless working his method again to the league in hopes of successful a second championship. He gained a hoop in Cleveland with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2016.
“I gotta get my work in,” he stated. “I just gotta keep myself ready and I think my reputation around the league, just working my ass off — nobody’s going to say, ‘Is Iman going to be ready?’ Is Iman going to be working hard? Is Iman going to be doing the right things to bring positivity to this ball club?’ I don’t think anybody can question that with my rap sheet.”
Shumpert stated he’s at the moment ready “for the right opportunity” — although he’ll hold busy till then.
“I’ll be doing other opportunities until that happens,” he stated. “I play basketball because I love it, not to wait on a job at the same time.”
Shumpert was chosen by the Knicks with the Seventeenth-overall choose within the 2011 NBA Draft. He spent 4 seasons in New York, earlier than being traded to the Cavaliers, the place he performed three seasons. The Georgia Tech product additionally had stints with the Rockets and Kings, previous to becoming a member of the Nets.