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April 23, 2015 Updates

Iman Shumpert, the Cavaliers' mid-season acquisition known best for stifling defense and his signature hairstyle, a flat top that invokes memories of Will Smith from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has written and performed a new hip-hop song for the playoff run. Titled "The Offs," Shumpert references each member of the roster at least once, including injured Anderson Varejao, who was lost in December with a torn Achilles. Even head coach David Blatt has a line in the song. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Titled "The Offs," Shumpert references each member of the roster at least once, including injured Anderson Varejao, who was lost in December with a torn Achilles. Even head coach David Blatt has a line in the song. Shumpert, who was seen playing the harmonica in the locker room following games, enjoys making music in his free time, even laying down a track in 2012 titled, "Knicks Anthem." His Cavs' playoff anthem features this refrain: "The only way to pick up is to get your funky jazz down." Shumpert also refers to himself as "one of those most wanted thieves in the league." Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 12, 2015 Updates
March 30, 2015 Updates

Not only did the Cleveland Cavaliers stave off an upset scare in their 87-86 win over the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, they also appear to have avoided major injuries to two of their key contributors. Both Kevin Love (lower back) and Iman Shumpert (left ankle) were forced to exit the game early without returning to action. However, Cavs coach David Blatt downplayed the severity of their injuries moving forward. "Kev took an elbow to the back and he was experiencing some real discomfort, so we took him out," Blatt said. "We didn't want to push it. Hopefully, he'll be OK. And Iman jammed his ankle. You saw he took sort of a funny step before he attempted to dunk that ball and he jammed his ankle. Also, I think he wanted to come back in there, but we held him out for precautionary reasons. I believe he'll be OK." ESPN.com

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But Shumpert says the whole thing has been blown out of proportion ... saying, "The 'Empire' story pertaining to myself and my girlfriend Teyana has gotten out of hand." "Fans of the show and friends have told us on many occasions that couple favors us but we do not at all feel that our lives are being copied/stolen." TMZ.com

March 12, 2015 Updates

Shumpert is dating Taylor, and Hakeem is dating Tiana in the show. They're a real-life couple and believe "Empire" is hijacking their character without permission or compensation. "They're using my girl's character, her style, her look and she's not getting anything for it," Shumpert said. "They didn't even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely. "And come on man, they're really using a guy with a flat top like me. Come on. That's ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired." Calls to the show's producers at FOX Studios in Los Angeles were not returned. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Shumpert, a defensive specialist, is coming off of game where he tied his career-high of six steals in a 127-94 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. So he feels he has a pretty good idea of what stealing looks like. "I don't see how they can deny it," he said. "Everybody knows." Whether the accusations are true or not, it's certainly worth discussing or possibly even an investigation, according to the guard. "My girl and her fans are more mad about it than I am," Shumpert said. "I'm a ball player, but that's her field. That's what she does. Me personally, I don't plan on taking any action but I don't know about her." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 11, 2015 Updates

Shumpert said he studies film of the opposing team’s top two guards before every game. He watches passing lanes and counts dribbles. When opponents kill their dribble, he positions himself for a steal. He tries to think how he would react if he had the ball in his hands, or what Kyrie Irving would do, and then responds appropriately. “I basically play offense on defense,” he said. Akron Beacon Journal

February 28, 2015 Updates

Iman Shumpert: Man does this news have me salty right now. Prayers up! Due to the trade I never got to see my dog for the last time. We were suppose to meet up and chat as we always do. Mase always made sure I was straight with my mental playing in this league. Not only did we lose a Knick great but we lost a great man and a great friend. Thank you for all you taught me Mase and for always keeping it Instagram

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David Aldridge: I wonder if you and Shump view it as, we've got another shot here. We could go from worst to first in one season. JR Smith: Yeah. I mean, I definitely look at it like that. I think it was harder for Shump because it was his first trade. New York was his first team. He had so many, at the point in time when we got traded, that was all he knew as a player his first three, four years. It's tough because, other than that one year when we got the second seed, he's never won consistently at this level. So it's tougher for him than it was for me...right now, I think we're definitely -- I know he is, because he's pressing to come back from the injury -- but we're locking in as a unit more than anything. We came into the situation like, alright, man, it's just me and you until we see what the other guys are like. It's just us. And then meeting everybody, it was like, okay, it's all of us. NBA.com

January 25, 2015 Updates
January 23, 2015 Updates

New Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert (separated shoulder) is questionable for tonight's game against the Charlotte Hornets, meaning his Cleveland debut is both a distinct possibility and in doubt. Shumpert, who was acquired along with J.R. Smith in a three-team trade from the New York Knicks on Jan. 5, hasn't played since Dec. 12. He's been working out on the floor since he arrived, but conditioning remains an issue because of his extended absence. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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