Dating Khloé Kardashian blocked a former NBA player from making nearly $70 million in pro career.
Former North Carolina Tarheel and Minnesota Timberwolf Rashad McCants opened up about how dating Khloé affected his pro NBA career on Fox Sports “The Herd.”
“She’s a high-profiled celebrity and I was in a small market, Minnesota. Once I made OK! Magazine, PEOPLE…I was getting unwarranted attention that conflicted with teammates, coaches and GM’s,” McCants said. “It is a distraction [dating Khloé] when it’s media prepetuated.”
With his stactics, a career average of 10 points a game, making a cumulative total of $60-70 over his career was reasonable, McCants says. The reason he didn’t was the image the media portrayed of him while dating Khloé, he explained.
“Just clearing up rumors and opinions, you know, Khloé is a good girl. I have no beef with Khloé,” he said. “It’s just the situation and how it played out: She did paint my name in a bad picture in an episode that they hacked in my phone and [said] that I cheated on her and it all plays a part when you are dealing with the NBA.”
McCants regret is dating Khloé because he didn’t understand what he was getting into and how the Kardashian family embraces media attention. He also didn’t cheat on Khloé like the episode suggested, McCants claims. Once it became clear he got out of that situation but not before it hindered his NBA career feeling there was a connotation that NBA professionals were not giving him chances thinking he didn’t take being in the NBA seriously.
When it comes to the “Kardashian Curse” he sees it as a placebo that “only exists in our mind.”
Sticking up for Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers starting center, who has received criticism for falling into this curse due to his poor play the first three games of 2017 NBA Finals, McCants says credit should be given to Warriors Draymond Green, 2017 Defensive of Player of the Year nominee, for shutting down Thompson. Due to this connotation of falling into the “Kardashian Curse” it may limit opportunities for Thompson down the road as it did for him, McCants explained.
McCants was drafted 1st overall in the BIG3 draft this past spring in Ice Cube’s newly formed basketball league that will have its inaugural game June 25.
By Gino Terrell