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Iman Shumpert introduces the world of sports with historic “Dancing with the Stars” victory

This is 2016 NBA Champion and Dancing with the Stars winner Iman Shumpert.

The previous one Cleveland Cavaliers Guard and New York Knicks The 2011 round first draft pick made history when he and partner Daniella Karagach emerged victorious on the show’s 30th season.

While Shumpert is nowhere near the first ex-professional athlete to be named Mirror Ball Champion, he is the first ex-NBA player to boast that distinction.

Also, to be fair, he’s the only one married to singer-songwriter, dancer, and choreographer Teyana Taylor. While we can’t say for sure that Taylor played a role in preparing the 31-year-old for the competition, to have her in his corner certainly didn’t hurt.

Whether Shumpert’s success will attract more NBA brothers to participate remains to be seen, but he knows who would be prepared for success.

Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony, they have good footwork. Guys with good footwork, “he explained in an interview with Page Six.

Now that Shump has officially joined the likes of Emmitt Smith, Laurie Hernandez and Hines Ward as Mirror Ball champion, we look back on his electrifying dance journey that both caught the world and made us aware of our lack of coordination :


Off to the final …

Team DanIman, as Iman and Daniella were called on the show, thrilled the jury in the semifinals with their jazz routine to “Dark Fantasy” by Kanye West (with vocals by Teyana Taylor). If you watch the video above, you won’t have any questions about why they got that strong score of 38 out of 40.

In the event the enticing choreography and flawless performance weren’t reason enough for the fans to vote for Shumpert, the former Cavs player called his old teammate Lebron James with the Los Angeles Lakers Star’s Signature “Silencer” Celebration.

The reference to King James was apparently enough to get LeBron fans to pledge their loyalty to Iman in the finale. He admittedly needed all the help he could muster against Amanda Kloots, Cody Rigsby and JoJo Siwa and their dedicated fan base, the Siwanatorz (Siwa has 11.1 million followers on Instagram alone).


Breakout dance …

On every hero’s journey there is a moment, a turning point that sets the main character on the path to fulfill their destiny. In Shump’s search for the elusive mirror ball trophy, we can all point to the “Horror Night” dance and say, “That was it”.

The contemporary routine was inspired by the critically acclaimed Jordan Peele horror film “Us” from 2019 and was performed on “I Got 5 On It (Tethered Mix)”. The duo got character by rocking red overalls like the murderous doppelgangers or tethers featured in the film, and delivering the same haunted facial expressions and mannerisms as the villains.

Their dedication to detail paid off, as all four judges gave Shumpert and Karagach the maximum number of points of 10, which gave the team the first perfect score (40) of the season. The jury also praised the praise.

“They put us in another world,” said Judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “My mind was blown, it was pure perfection.”

Fellow judge Derek Hough agreed with Inaba, describing the dance as a routine “people will watch over and over again”.

And finally judge Bruno Tonioli confirmed the feeling and concluded: “It was your masterpiece.”


What the fans say …

The judges weren’t the only ones excited about the duo’s performance on October 25th. The routine went viral and received reactions from fans of the show and NBA superstars alike.

Most importantly, the LeBron guy we talked about earlier had thoughts:

Yeah, that sums it up pretty well.

James’ support did not go unnoticed by his former teammate. Seeing LeBron’s rave review, Shump quickly made a subtle take on how he could possibly join King James & Co. on the Lakers’ star-studded list:

Hey if J.R. Smith could get a ring in 2020, anything is possible.


The mostly sleepy routine …

As with any great artist who has compiled an extensive catalog of works, there are many different opinions about what Shumpert’s best work is. Just as someone rides for Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep” or the generation ballad “Hello”, others will swear their heartbreaking transparency to “Hold On”, which puts the new track in a league of its own.

This means that while the “Horror Night” performance and the jazz routine received the most reviews in the semifinals, this “Queen Night” Paso Doble from November 1st for “Another One Bites the Dust” (32 of 40) was awarded in his own right.

Have we just compared the dancer Shumpert with the singer-songwriter Adele? Yes, yes we have. Just go with it.


Shump has reach …

If ever there was any doubt about Team DanIman’s reach, they were allayed when they performed a redemption tango to “Telephone” by Martynas (37 out of 40) in the semifinals. That same night did you perform with the jazz routine “Dark Fantasy”? Exactly.

We’re not going to pretend to have a wealth of ballroom dancing skills, but if the experts – um, the folks in the comments on YouTube’s Dancing with the Stars – are to be believed, the duo demonstrated an excellent bond despite the difference in altitude, the choreography was excellent and Iman’s posture improved immensely over the course of the season.

The above praise was enough to bring the Spiegelball home to the sports world despite a top-class final.

As Shumpert explains on “The Real” Last week he “didn’t come on the show to lose”. But he had to play his A game to defeat what he believed to be his greatest competitor: Siwa.

“My daughter could vote for her,” Shumpert said, laughing at the YouTube sensation.

By now Taylor had a piece of Advice on how her husband could emerge victorious on Monday: “Sell it.”

And sell what he’s done. Shumpert and Karagach’s freestyle for “Lose Control” and their Cha-Cha / Foxtrot fusion dance for “September” both received perfect scores of 40 out of 40 points in the final.

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