Shumpert attempts to enter Blazers’ locker room

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  • Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kings guard Iman Shumpert was stopped from going into the Portland locker room by arena and Trail Blazers security after Sacramento’s 115-107 victory Monday night.

Shumpert apparently was angry at Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half.

“Some stuff needed to be between me and him, a conversation between two men,” Shumpert said. “Some stuff happened out there that we needed to have a conversation about. That’s it.”

Nurkic shrugged it off.

“I’m not going to worry about it,” he said. “He’s going into retirement soon. I’m not going to worry about a guy who’s going into retirement soon.”

After the game, Shumpert apologized via Twitter.

I apologize to the fans if I made a scene. Wasn’t my intention but this 2019 stuff is all about a “story”. Don’t let that distract you from this young Scores ball club getting a great victory against a tested Blazers team #theScoresisHERE #purpletalk

— Iman. (@imanshumpert) January 15, 2019

The 28-year-old Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. He later was walked to the Sacramento bench by a teammate after arguing with someone on the Portland bench.

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