Former NBA Champion Iman Shumpert on LeBron James Moving to Miami Heat: “Bron Ruined Basketball. He Thought He Was Making It Better”

Published 12/21/2021, 12:12 AM EST
February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh #1 observe the National Anthem before an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Some moments in the NBA are unforgettable. One such moment comes from LeBron James and his infamous ‘The Decision’. His move to Miami enraged many fans. They believed James betrayed the city of Cleveland by going and forming a ‘super team’. While most players think this way a good move for LeBron, one of his former teammates thinks the ‘King’ ruined basketball.

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LeBron was a part of the famous 2003 draft with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. As the number one pick, the Cavaliers picked up a young King. From there on out, James did everything in his power to make the Cavs a better team. While he ensured they became a successful team, LeBron failed to win a single title in his first stint there. Hence, James made his way to Miami and joined forces with Wade and Bosh to compete for a championship.

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3 and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 chat during halftime during an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

James’ former teammate Iman Shumpert thought this move by the ‘King’ ruined basketball.

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Shumpert says LeBron James ruined the game of basketball

Iman Shumpert was a brilliant competitor when he played in the NBA. He is an NBA champion and was also teammates with LeBron in Cleveland for the second stint. Recently, he also became the first NBA player to win the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ show. So when he spoke about James’ move to Miami, he felt that ruined the game.

Shumpert said: “Bron ruined basketball. he thought he was making it better I get him. Me personally, I love the NBA for the loyalty that I thought was there. He basically knocked the fourth wall down like the organisation they bull****ting, we doing what we want. Great business move for sure but when you think about it outside looking in like, I got people tweeting me right now. They like literally talking about owners and trades, it’s like bro y’all aren’t supposed to be talking about none of this actually.”

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Shumpert keeps the point of how it shifted the perspective for the fans. Instead of focusing on the game, the focus now goes to the moves organizations are making. However, how did this move shape the NBA? LeBron James became the villain of the league. In 2011, he had arguable his worst finals and the Heat lost. After tons of hate, the ‘King’ came back and won two consecutive finals with the Heat.

Later on, he made his way back to Cleveland and promised them a championship. His move enabled the Cavs to eventually get Kyrie Irving who would become the partner to James. They together took Cleveland to a championship in 2016 defeating the record breaking Warriors in historic manner. Shumpert had a front row seat to it all and James fulfilled his promise to the city.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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