Iman Shumpert vows to get better after first game with Nets
It took quite a while, but Iman Shumpert finally found an NBA team to call home for the season.
The former New York Knicks guard has been picked up by the Brooklyn Nets to reinforce their wing depth due to the key absences in their roster.
Shumpert played his first game as a Net in a victory against the Chicago Bulls. However, his first game has been far from ideal, finishing with five points, three rebounds and three turnovers in almost 12 minutes of play.
Before fans grill Shumpert though, he was the first to admit that he was a bit rusty to start his career with Brooklyn. He then went to Twitter and thanked the Nets organization for giving him a shot.
He also gave them a promise.
Ok…we gone act like the first half ain’t happen lbs….shoutout to KA for letting me play through the timing errors. I promise it get better. Felt good to spill blood in such a familiar arena. Grateful for the opportunity to be back where I belong!
— Iman. (@imanshumpert) November 17, 2019
Shumpert was the first-round draft pick by the New York Knicks in 2011, so he’s familiar with the area all too well. He won his first NBA title with Kyrie Irving in 2016 when the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off an incredible upset against the Golden State Warriors.
The 29-year-old swingman also promised to become the injection of energy the Nets need, saying that this team has the potential to be great.
“No matter where I go I bring the energy, energy and passion. I think that just from outside looking in at these it, [this is] a great group of guys. A lot of talented guys,” Iman said, per Nick Friar of Nets Wire.
The Nets are thin on the forward positions, as Kevin Durant is out with a season-long injury while Caris LeVert had to sit out due to his thumb surgery. Wilson Chandler is also not present as he is in the middle of serving a 25-game suspension.