Early Wednesday morning, 25-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert delivered his baby daughter, named Iman, together with his fiancée, actress Teyana Taylor, when the tiny infant decided that it was going to come into the world, right then and there, in the bathroom of the couple’s home, according to a post on Taylor’s Instagram account.
Teyana reported that she didn’t realize she was in labor until she felt the baby’s head. Together with Iman, Teyana knew that their daughter was coming whether they were ready or not.
The actress and singer wrote that it “took two ten count pushes with my fiancée playing Dr and she entered this world into his bare hands!”
In honor of the occasion, the happy parents reported that Shumpert used a pair of red headphones to tie-off the baby’s umbilical cord. Amazingly, Teyana said that the baby did not cry. She said that her daughter opened her eyes and looked right into her own.
“She has blown Christmas away! Our family is complete. Her blueprint will be unmatched,” Taylor wrote about her newborn daughter, whose full name is Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr.
Iman was injured the evening before he was thrown into the role of playing doctor and coming to the aid of his fiancée and daughter, according to ABC News. The NBA pro reportedly injured his right groin playing against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in a game that saw the Cavaliers win 89-77, according to Yahoo Sports.
Shumpert sat out with his injury when the Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-100 on Thursday. Iman was said to be greeted with hearty congratulations and handshakes from his teammates when he arrived at the Quicken Loans Arena to support their effort.
Teyana Taylor is also 25-years-old and has worked as both an actress and a singer. She was signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music in 2012, joining other well-known artists, such as John Legend, Pusha T, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, and Q-Tip, according to Rap-Up. Previously, Taylor had also worked with Pharrell Williams and Star Trak Entertainment.
Iman Shumpert was the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, being chosen by the New York Knicks.
“He’s about as good an on-ball defender as there is in the league right now,” retired NBA pro Jared Jeffries was quoted about Shumpert when he first arrived on the scene, according to the New York Post. “And he’s only getting better. That’s the remarkable thing.”
Almost one year ago, in January 2015, Iman Shumpert was traded from the New York Knicks to his current home team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2012, Shumpert was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. He also participated in the 2008 McDonald’s All-American Game.
Fellow NBA pro Evan Turner, who plays for the Boston Celtics as a forward and guard, and Iman are said to have known each other since the eighth grade, when they were teammates in Oak Park, Illinois, at the Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, according to the Chicago Tribune. They later met up in NCAA basketball games, regularly in the NBA, and again earlier this week in Boston, where Shumpert strained his groin.
Iman Shumpert has also dabbled in music, recording several projects including a 2012 New York Knicks rap anthem, as reported by Rant Sports.
Many took to social media to congratulate Iman and Teyana.
— Power 105.1 (@Power1051) December 17, 2015
Still can't believe Iman Shumpert named his daughter Iman Shumpert Jr
— Daleeeeeee (@willieedaleee) December 18, 2015
Iman Shumpert literally named his daughter after him lmao
— Haley Nicole (@ThuggBugg_) December 17, 2015
Currently, Iman Shumpert remains on the Cavaliers’ injured list, according to Yahoo Sports. There is no word on whether he is expected to play Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers in Cleveland. Shumpert’s contract with the Cavaliers is reported to pay $9.0 million for the 2015/2016 season. He is six feet five inches tall, weighs 220 pounds, and currently averages 10 points per game, according to Yahoo Sports.
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