Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert and fiancée, R&B singer Teyana Taylor. (Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
CLEVELAND (AP) — Paging, Dr. Shumpert.
Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert showed he has more than basketball skills by calmly delivering a baby girl when his fiancée unexpectedly went into labor.
Now that’s quite an assist.
According to Shumpert’s fiancée, R&B singer Teyana Taylor, the couple welcomed their daughter Wednesday morning in their bathroom at home. Taylor posted on her Instagram account that she didn’t initially realize she was in labor and Shumpert, “playing Dr,” helped deliver the baby with “his bare hands.”
Taylor said Shumpert tied a pair of headphones around the umbilical cord while they waited for the ambulance to arrive. Taylor’s message to her daughter — Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. — is: “Mommy carried you. Daddy delivered you. #MeetTheParents we love you baby girl.”
Shumpert, who is in his second season with Cleveland, did not play Thursday night against Oklahoma City because of a strained right groin. He sustained the injury against the Celtics, just hours before he performed his special delivery.
He arrived at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday shortly before the Cavs tipped off against the Thunder and received congratulatory handshakes in the hallway outside Cleveland’s locker room.
Shumpert recently returned to the lineup after missing 21 games following wrist surgery.