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9 NBA Players Who Are Living Proof Of The Kardashian Curse

Ben Simmons is reportedly dating Kendall Jenner, who was also linked to Chandler Parsons, Jordan Clarkson, and Blake Griffin
by John Paulo Aguilera | May 31, 2018
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There are now 10 NBA players who have officially been linked to a Kardashian—following, of course, reports of Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons dating model Kendall Jenner.

Shortly after, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo was also linked to several burner accounts on Twitter (Remember KD?), which have criticized several of his players and seemed to have access to insider information. While it isn't fair to blame the unfortunate development on the celebrity clan and the so-called "curse" attached to dating any of the infamous sisters, the Kardashians do have a track record of tarnishing the careers of their basketball superstar lovers.

Listed below are the nine NBA ballers who, if they could turn back time, would probably think twice before jumping into a relationship with one of Mama Jenner's babies.


Kris Humphries

The NBA journeyman might be the most prominent Kardashian casualty other than Odom. He was popular for being married to Kim for 72 days, a fact that eclipsed his contributions on the court. Humphries was having the best season of his career with the New Jersey Nets (13.8 ppg 11 rpg 1.2 bpg), but everything went downhill after their divorce.

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Chandler Parsons

Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner was fond of of Parsons dating her Victoria's Secret model of a daughter. Incidentally, that was also the year the league's resident playboy signed with the Dalllas Mavericks and saw his numbers and play dip. His injury history, which is pretty much as long as his dating history, is mostly to blame.

Jordan Clarkson

The fifth-year guard has been spotted getting mushy with the older Jenner sister over the past couple of years. During that window, Clarkson's averages took a hit after career-highs in points (15.5), rebounds (4), and minutes (32.3) in his sophomore season, until he was traded to the Finals-bound Cleveland Cavaliers, where his fortune may have been reversed.

Blake Griffin

It didn't take long before disaster struck Griffin, who re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers as their franchise cornerstone post-Chris Paul. The All-Star forward was about to go steady with Kendall when he was shipped to Detroit and missed the playoffs. Griffin has been physically hurt for most of his career, but that last setback must be psychologically painful.


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Rashad Mccants

The BIG3 championship MVP was one of the few players who recognized the Kardashian curse, even claiming in a previous interview: "Without that situation in play, I'm a $60-70 million player. Easily." Mccants, who normed 10 points throughout his short-lived pro career, can do better than attribute his disappointing run to his high-profile relationship.

Lamar Odom

You know something is wrong when a month-old couple decides to tie the knot. True enough, Khloe filed for separation in 2013, just a few months after Odom was apprehended for driving under the influence. Two years later, the two-time NBA champion was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel due to a cocaine overdose. He has since recovered.

Rick Fox

The occassional actor and businessman supposedly dated the TV personality-slash-socialite following her breakup with Odom. Several media outlets reported that she was just confiding in Fox. Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

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James Harden

Harden was said to be by Khloe's side while her estranged husband was recuperating. The Beard eventually dumped her because he "didn't like all the attention," even calling 2015 the "worst year" of his life, in an interview with Sports Illustrated. From an early postseason exit, guess who has been a consistent MVP candidate in the last two seasons?

Tristan Thompson

The 2016 NBA Finals X-factor has been the subject of ridicule since being involved with the Kardashian sister. It's his fault though—the dude foolishly cheated on a pregnant Khloe. He has a chance to redeem himself against the Golden State Warriors, but his reputation is forever tainted by his philandering ways.


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