Former colleagues congratulated him on his achievement.
In the 30th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” the former NBA player who won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 led the league, becoming the first ex-NBA player to win the competition alongside his partner Daniella Karagach.
Even though the tandem had only earned one 40 all season before to Monday, the duo then received two flawless 40s for two dances in the finals: a cha cha and foxtrot fusion dance to “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire and a freestyle to a medley of “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop and “Bounce” by DJ Client.
He delivered the good news about their triumph to E! News, saying that it means a lot. “I think with the NBA, we’re a family, a fraternity at the end of the day. And any time I got to put that hat on to represent them, I try and do it the right way. I hope they was watching, supporting,” and later added, “I hope we did it justice. I love my NBA family.”
The show’s first same-sex duo, JoJo Siwa and partner Jenna Johnson, also received a perfect 40 for each of their two dances: a tango, cha cha to “I Love It” and a freestyle dance to “Born this Way.” For their two performances, the judges awarded fitness guru Cody Rigsby and partner Cheryl Burke a total score of 76, while Amanda Kloots and expert Alan Bersten scored a total score of 78.
Reactions to Iman Shumpert, A Former NBA Guard, Made History As He Won The 30th Season Of “Dancing with the Stars”
Iman Shumpert— DynastyCLE (@DynastyCLE) November 23, 2021
Cut his baby's umbilical cord with headphones during emergency birth
Won an NBA championship for Cleveland
Just won dancing with the stars
My guy has one of the most interesting lives! @imanshumpert congrats on another W dude! pic.twitter.com/ComrEYaGbV
Nobody deserved to win as much as Iman. He embodied the true spirit of why this show was created. For him to have no prior dance experience, but come out and entertain and amaze ppl every week with his growth and talent!! He did that shit! Congrats @imanshumpert ‼️🙌🏿🎉 #DWTS pic.twitter.com/9avDpUBRhi— Beautifully Built Bae 💋 (@MaeonyaRoelona) November 23, 2021