The way Iman Shumpert uses booing as fuel for success

Like any sport, being an all-star basketball player inevitably comes with ups and downs with fans. Instead of letting his opponents down, Iman Shumpert learned to use their negativity to motivate himself.

Speaking on CBS Sports’ Celebrating NBA Draft DayShumpert recalls, “New York booed me when they picked me. It’s cool now, but it wasn’t cool then. Because my family and friends were so loud… I didn’t even know it. I got booed.” He added, “I thought about how crazy New York had become that my family went crazy. When I found out the next day they were booing, I was in pain, but it got me excited. It’s fuel.”

Instead of allowing himself to be discouraged, Shumpert also discussed how he’s using the NBA Draft Combine to elevate his status even further.

“The best thing about matching is that you can show people that you’re an adult,” he says. “I wasn’t as highly touted as the others. I probably got a better score in the draft, but they stopped training with me. No one is taking my assignments anymore. My draft invitation to join didn’t even come until a day or two ago because I got ahead with the exercises.”

https://www.thelist.com/677206/how-iman-shumpert-used-being-booed-at-as-fuel-to-succeed/ The way Iman Shumpert uses booing as fuel for success

Bobby Allyn

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