Some of the most polarizing people in the world are the reality television stars living in Los Angeles known as the Kardashians. Whether you think they’re marketing geniuses or just another example of how stupid America is, you can’t deny their popularity.
With this popularity, many of the Kardashians and Jenners have been seen dating professional athletes, especially basketball players. With players like Kris Humphries and Lamar Odom each having their careers turn for the worst shortly after their relationships, people beg to question: Do the Kardashians have something to do with this failure?
Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian
Statistically, the curse seems legitimate. Dating back to 2007, Kim Kardashian was in a serious relationship with NFL star, Reggie Bush. In Bush’s rookie season in 2006 one year after winning the Heisman trophy, Bush went off for over 1300 scrimmage yards, playing in all 16 of the Saints’ contests.
He was truly a rising star in the NFL and was one of the most marketable athletes at the time. All of that went downhill in April 2007, however. Reggie Bush began dating rising reality television star, Kim Kardashian. Going into his next season with the Saints, Bush was ready to improve on his great rookie season.
Unfortunately, he would struggle with injuries all season ending with under 1000 yards in 10 games played to go along with his eight fumbles. He would continue to regress as his off-and-on relationship with Kim Kardashian continued to develop. In 2010, however, they finally broke up and Bush joined the Miami Dolphins. Over his next three seasons, Bush averaged just under 1400 yards from scrimmage.
This may seem like a simple coincidence, but it wasn’t the only time in history this went down.
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian
Perhaps the most popular evidence for the Kardashian curse, Kris and Kim were an extremely famous married couple. Since being traded to the New Jersey Nets at the trade deadline in 2010, Humphries was slowly becoming one of the best roleplayers in the NBA. In his 44-game stint with the Nets that season, Humphries averaged 8 points and 6 rebounds; each of which were career highs.
In December of the 2010-2011 season, Kris Humphries began dating Kim Kardashian. He was amidst the best season of his career, which he finished the season averaging a double-double.
In 2011, their relationship was moving fast, as they got engaged and married in under four months. Now a married man, Humphries continued to dominate on the boards, as in his next season he had career highs in points and rebounds yet again with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Everything seemed to be great until Humphries just couldn’t handle the constant spotlight. People Magazine reported that “The pressures of filming the show, being scrutinized by the media, managing conflicting work schedules and rushing into their relationship all appear to have contributed to the demise of the duo’s 72-day marriage.”
With Humphries freed from a relationship once again, he was looking to start fresh as the New Jersey Nets relocated to Brooklyn. Unfortunately for him and the Nets, his next season would be his worst season since his third year in the NBA. He averaged an abysmal 6 points and 6 rebounds, and would never return to his old self.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian
While Khloe Kardashian didn’t make as much of an impact as Kim made on Bush at least in terms of statistics, she made a much bigger overall impact on Lamar Odom’s life.
Odom and Kardashian were happily married from 2009 to 2016, through the prime and downside of his career. Unfortunately for each of them, Odom became addicted to cocaine and had a serious health scare in 2015. He was quoted as to saying that he “was trapped inside [his] own body.”
This relationship doesn’t fit in with the rest, as I would never blame Khloe for Odom’s addiction, but it fits in with the theme of a downfall, so it must be included.
James Harden and Khloe Kardashian
Like Lamar, Khloe may not have affected Harden physically but it seems that he took a hit emotionally as he explained to Sports Illustrated that 2016 was the worst year of his life. “I feel like it was for no reason. I wasn’t getting anything out of it except my name out there and my face out there, and I don’t need that,” Harden told Sports Illustrated.
While it can’t be confirmed that this is towards Khloe, it certainly makes sense that it is.
Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian
This relationship is still going strong today, so we can’t be 100% sure that this is proof that a curse exists. They are even expecting a second child to bring them to the next level. They were first seen together as a couple in August 2016. Ever since then, Tristan Thompson’s career has been on a downward slope.
Prior to their relationship, Tristan Thompson averaged 9.8 points and 8.4 rebounds; nothing crazy, yet still solid for a championship roleplayer. Over the past two seasons, Thompson’s numbers have been on a steady decline. He averaged 6.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. At the young age of only 26, Tristan still has a chance to overcome the curse to return to his former days, but as of right now, it doesn’t look good for the former Texas longhorn.
Blake Griffin and Kylie Jenner
Blake Griffin very well could be the next victim of the alleged curse. They began dating right as the NBA season started in October. Unfortunately for Blake, however, he suffered a sprained MCL under two months later. The injury had the potential to keep him sidelined for another two months, but luckily Blake has returned this week and looks better than ever.
Don’t get me wrong. Blake Griffin is one of the best forwards in the NBA and was even in MVP talks at the very beginning of the season. Let’s just hope this trend doesn’t continue with the Clippers’ superstar.
So… Is It Real?
I don’t know. No one knows. No one even knows if curses, in general, are real. With all of the evidence we have seen in the past, signs definitely point positive, but you can’t tell for sure. Maybe the lavish lifestyle the Kardashian sisters live really do affect their partners as well.
I know this is very different from my usual articles, but this scenario has been affecting the NBA landscape for almost a decade now. Can Blake Griffin be the first to break the trend?