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Former teammate reveals why LeBron James flops

LeBron James yells during a game

LeBron James’ infamous flopping habit is one of the biggest gripes that fans have with his style of play. Now one of James’ old teammates is revealing exactly why the former MVP does it.

Iman Shumpert, who played with James on the Cleveland Cavaliers and won a title with him in 2016, appeared this week on “The Bootleg Kev Podcast.” One of the topics that he spoke on was James’ flopping.

“The worst thing we had against LeBron was like, ‘Bro, why you flopping?’” said Shumpert. “And literally, he started flopping cause he like, ‘Bro, I gotta get these free throws if these people getting free throws.’ He like, ‘Bro, I’m really getting hit.’ So he like, ‘Ah, I’ll sell it for you since they can’t see it cause I’m so strong. Y’all can’t see me getting fouled.’”

It is definitely strange sometimes to see James, who is one of the most gifted athletes ever at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds, flopping around like a fish out of water whenever he gets hit. He has flopped for most of his career and even got warned by the NBA for it as recently as this year. But the rationale that Shumpert gave actually makes some sense. We saw in the 1990s and 2000s how Shaquille O’Neal would often get mauled in the paint but drew fewer whistles than he deserved because of how physically dominant he was.

Of course, James can go a bit overboard with the flopping at times and was actually doing it long before he became teammates with Shumpert. James clearly feels that flopping evens the playing field for him in drawing free throws that he would not otherwise get.

H/T Lakers Daily

Photo: Nov 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Detroit Pistons in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA champion makes television history

Iman Shumpert

A former player has gone from the top of the NBA to the top of the airwaves.

Ex-Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Iman Shumpert qualified for the finale of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday. Shams Charania of The Athletic notes that Shumpert becomes the first ever former NBA player to do so.

Shumpert, who is still only 31, played just last season for the Brooklyn Nets as a ten-day contract player. He won a championship with the Cavs in 2016. As for his bid on “Dancing With The Stars,” Shumpert went viral in previous rounds for his unique routines with partner Daniella Karagach. One such routine inspired by Jordan Peele’s film “Us” scored a perfect 40/40.

Former NBA players like Charles Oakley, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have appeared on recent seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” But none have ever come close to making the final round. A few years ago though, a former athlete in a different sport managed to win it all.

Photo: Erik Drost/Flickr via CC-BY 2.0

Ex-Kyrie Irving Cavs teammate eyeing roster spot with Nets

Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets clearly have championship aspirations, and a player who actually won a championship with one of their stars thinks he would fit in well with the team.

Veteran swingman Iman Shumpert tweeted on Thursday that he was “around.” The post was an apparent reference to the Nets, as they just acquired former MVP James Harden the day before.

Shumpert, still only 30, won the 2016 title with Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also briefly played for the Nets last season as well as with Harden on the Houston Rockets prior to that.

The Nets have three roster spots to fill after trading away Jarrett Allen, Caris Levert, Taurean Prince, and Rodions Kurucs in the multi-team blockbuster for Harden. Shumpert is a big wing defender who can also somewhat hit the three-pointer. His relationship with Irving could help too considering all of the recent drama surrounding the All-Star guard.

Iman Shumpert thinks 2016 Cavs would easily beat 2020 Lakers

Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert thinks that LeBron James’ last championship team is clearly superior to his new one.

The ex-NBA guard appeared this week on Complex’s “Load Management.” During the episode, Shumpert agreed with a co-host’s claim that the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers would beat the 2020 Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

“For sure, you f–king serious?” replied Shumpert.

The 30-year-old also said that Timofey Mozgov could guard Anthony Davis and noted that the 2016 Cavs had “the real JR Smith.”

It is definitely an interesting hypothetical. Mozgov’s role in Cleveland was diminished by 2016, especially against the small-ball Golden State Warriors. That would leave Kevin Love (a sweet-shooting big man who could give the Lakers trouble like Kelly Olynyk did in the Finals) and Tristan Thompson, a strong rebounder. But both would likely be undersized and overpowered by the Lakers’ Davis-led frontline.

Elsewhere, Kyrie Irving would be a handful for the Lakers. But they did find success slowing dynamic scoring guards like Damian Lillard, James Harden, and Jamal Murray in this season’s playoffs. Then there is obviously LeBron James, who was more athletic in 2016 but probably had a better IQ in 2020.

Shumpert was part of the 2016 Cavs, so there is, of course, some inherent bias. But this year’s Lakers recently broke one record set by that Cavs team. Thus, Shumpert may feel a need to command respect for his 2016 squad.

10 biggest takeaways from the NBA trade deadline

Anthony Davis wingspan

The 2019 NBA trade deadline was an exceptionally active one with multiple big names changing teams, even if the biggest name on the market ended up staying put. That doesn’t change the fact that the action, especially in the Eastern Conference, was fast and furious, and that isn’t even factoring in the Kristaps Porzingis deal.

Here are ten big takeaways from all the moves that took place prior to Thursday’s deadline.

1. The Anthony Davis saga will drag on into the summer, and the Lakers look worse for it

It didn’t seem like the New Orleans Pelicans ever had any real intention of negotiating with the Los Angeles Lakers in good faith on an Anthony Davis trade. The Pelicans have every incentive to wait until summer to deal Davis, when they should have a wider range of interested teams. The Lakers will be disappointed, as they don’t look great publicly, seem to have muddled the minds of their young players, and may now find themselves in a situation where they can be outbid. LeBron James probably won’t be happy, either.

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Iman Shumpert traded to Rockets as part of 3-team trade

Iman Shumpert

The Houston Rockets continue to add some much-needed depth to their roster.

The Rockets acquired Iman Shumpert in a three-team trade with the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. They are also receiving Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin from Cleveland.

The Kings are receiving Alec Burks and a second-round pick from the Cavs as part of the deal. The Cavs receive Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a protected first-round pick from Houston in the trade, according to terms reported by Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Knight and Chriss were acquired by Houston in the Ryan Anderson salary dump over the offseason. Oddly enough, both sides got rid of what they acquired in that trade, as Houston is jettisoning Knight and Chriss, while Phoenix traded Anderson to Miami on Wednesday.

Shumpert is the headliner in this deal and is a significant addition for the Rockets. Their biggest issue this season has been a lack of depth. But now they’ve added Shumpert, Kenneth Faried and Austin Rivers, while getting Chris Paul back from his hamstring injury. Shumpert was a player drafted by the Knicks when Mike D’Antoni was their head coach.

They 31-22 Rockets are trying to move into the top four in the West over the second half of the season.

Iman Shumpert reportedly picks up his $11 million option

Iman Shumpert is taking advantage of his contract.

Shumpert will opt in to his contract for next season, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Shumpert will earn $11 million next season per his deal.

Shumpert played just 14 games during the season — all with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He did not even play for the Sacramento Kings despite being acquired by them in February.

The 27-year-old is highly unlikely to make anywhere near $11 million a season on the open market, so opting in was an easy decision.

Report: Iman Shumpert was deal-breaker in potential DeAndre Jordan trade to Cavs

DeAndre Jordan

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly tried to acquire DeAndre Jordan from the Los Angeles Clippers right up until the day of the NBA trade deadline, but something happened that caused the deal to fall through.

Nobody wanted Iman Shumpert.

In an outstanding behind-the-scenes look at how the trade deadline turned into a frenzy for the Cavs, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cleveland GM Koby Altman received the go-ahead from ownership to trade Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the the team’s 2018 first-round pick for Jordan. Shumpert has $21 million remaining on his deal and has not been very good, so the Clippers weren’t having it.

Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to Altman that LA didn’t want another shooting guard. He hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million with draft compensation, and have the Clippers get a center back. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work. Winger wondered whether Altman would let him talk to Shumpert’s agent about a possible contract buyout, but Altman wanted trade talks to be further along before granting that permission.

Clippers president Lawrence Frank, Winger and Altman had talked for weeks on a trade, but they got nowhere. The Clippers wouldn’t take Tristan Thompson, JR Smith or Shumpert in a deal, and that never changed. As Wednesday wore on, Altman became more convinced that a deal with Los Angeles was within reach — only not with the Clippers.

When that deal fell through, the Cavs went back to some of their other trade scenarios. They had already determined that Isaiah Thomas had to go, which makes sense when you consider the reason report we heard about Thomas’ relationship with LeBron James.

Ultimately, Altman understood that making a deal with the Lakers would help pave the way for LeBron to sign with them as a free agent this summer, but that didn’t stop him. If James wants to go to the Lakers, they’re going to find a way to free up the cap space needed to sign him. The Cavs had no reason not to make the deal that they felt was the best one for them, especially after they were unable to land Jordan.

Report: Cavs get Rodney Hood, George Hill in trade involving Derrick Rose

The Cleveland Cavaliers completely overhauled their backcourt at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, and Derrick Rose is on his way out of town in addition to Isaiah Thomas.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs acquired guards Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-way trade with the Jazz and Kings. Rose and Jae Crowder are heading to Utah, and Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert are being sent to Sacramento.

But that’s not all. The Cavs are also trading Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat.

The news came almost immediately after the Cavs traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Cleveland has had serious chemistry problems this season, and they are clearer determined to get younger for the stretch run.

Report: Iman Shumpert expected to miss two months with torn meniscus

Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert underwent surgery on his knee Friday, as expected. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard was set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but now there’s some new information coming out.

The Vertical’s Shams Charania says Shumpert had surgery for a meniscus tear in his left knee. He is expected to miss two months.

The two-month timetable is about what was expected when news was announced Thursday about his knee operation.

Shumpert has only played in 13 games this season because of knee issues. Derrick Rose is also out, along with Isaiah Thomas, which leaves the Cavs somewhat shorthanded. Dwyane Wade, JR Smith and Kyle Korver will continue to get minutes while Shumpert is out.