Iman Shumpert Thankful For Trade From The Knicks: Cavs ‘Grabbed Me Out of Hell’

Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert felt like a brand new man.

While in his 4th season with the New York Knicks, the shooting guard along, with teammate J.R. Smith, were shipped off to the Cleveland Cavaliers smack dab in the middle of the 2015-2016 season.

When he first got the news, Shumpert admits he was heartbroken.

“I was hurt when I got traded, so it would’ve been cool for me if I had at least gotten to play my last games with them. I was sitting out for like a month and by the time I got traded, it was a deflating feeling, especially with that season that we were having. I felt like I didn’t get a chance to help get us out of the hole, you know what I mean? (winces) I just felt bad and felt like we had dropped a bunch of games.I felt bitter that I had to leave on such a bad note. I just remember the feeling [sucked]. It was like, ‘Ah, I’m hurt, we’ve lost a bunch of games in a row and then I’m traded.’”

That feeling didn’t last long as he quickly got accustomed to the winning ways of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Then, shortly after we walk in and we get to playing with the Cavs, we go on a long winning streak. I kept thinking back to my old teammates like, ‘Damn, I was hurt and we were losing. Now I come here and I’m playing well and the energy is great.’ I just felt like they kind of grabbed me out of hell. And every game was being showcased on TV and we’re winning. It was just crazy. I was happy, but I felt bad too.”

Maybe one day, somebody will get Carmelo Anthony out of that New York Knicks hell so he can prosper like his former teammates.


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