Iman Shumpert: LeBron James Ruined Basketball When He Joined the Heat

In Summary

Super teams have long been in the NBA, but Iman Shumpert says LeBron James changed the game forever when he went to Miami.

When LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, King James reached the NBA Finals for four straight seasons while winning back-to-back championships and back-to-back Finals MVP awards. 

He also ruined the league during his four-year stint in Miami, if you ask Iman Shumpert. 

Shumpert made the statement in a new interview on the Bootleg Kev podcast. 

Bootleg Kev said he believes Kevin Durant ruined basketball by teaming up with Stephen Curry and the Golden State in 2016, but Shumpert had a rebuttable. 

“It wasn’t KD. It was LeBron first going to Miami,” Shumpert said. “LeBron knows he ruined basketball. He thought he was making it better. Me personally, I loved the NBA for the loyalty that I thought was there. He basically knocked the fourth wall down.” 

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He added, “Great business move for sure. But when you think about it outside looking in, I got people tweeting me right now, they’re literally talking about owners and trade.” 

Shumpert was a member of the 2016 LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers team that defeated the record-breaking 73-9 Warriors.  

LeBron led the Cavaliers to a 3-1 comeback. 

 After Shumpert’s comment hit the air waves, he took to Twitter to defend his comments. 

“Find me the year the top player left his throne and joined someone else?” he said. “Closest thing was Shaq but Bigs have to pair up and Kobe was the juice. Bron had no need and had all the influence. I can debate this all day.” 

Later in the interview, Shumpert also mentioned LeBron’s tendency to sell foul calls. 

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“The worst thing we had against LeBron was like, ‘Bro, why you flopping?’” Shumpert said. “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 cause they can’t see it cause I’m so strong. Y’all can’t see me getting fouled.’” 

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