Kris Humphries has already dealt with a very public and embarrassing divorce to reality television star Kim Kardashian, but now must also deal with being the least liked player in basketball, according to a new study.
Humphries somehow managed to top even Lebron James, who callously left hometown Cleveland for Miami, and Kobe Bryant, who is now going through divorce proceedings due to cheating rumors. Another significant other of a Kardashian, Lamar Odom also ranked in the Top 10 of least liked NBA players. Odom, who was recently traded to the Dallas Mavericks, is married to Khloe Kardashian.
The New Jersey Nets forward recently got a bit of good news after signing a one-year, $8 million contract extension, but things have largely gone downhill for Humphries since marrying Kardashian.
Humphries was a relatively unknown forward with the Nets when he began dating Kardashian, but quickly became a mainstay in gossip magazines and tabloids. After months of dating, the couple decided to get married in a televised wedding that netted the pair a rumored $17 million.
But the fairytale wedding didn't evolve into a fairytale marriage and the couple filed for divorce a mere 72 days after the wedding. The quick breakup has led to a plethora of magazine issues dedicated to the couple, while sources close to each person try to present some version of what led to the divorce.
Since the couple filed for divorce, Humphries has said that he is trying to focus on basketball.
For me, it's just certain things happen in life and you've got to move forward, Humphries told Good Morning America. Through everything I'm just focused on family and preparing for basketball. Basketball has always been something I've taken really serious and I continue to do that and I'm just moving forward.
But focusing on just basketball and forgetting his marriage to Kardashian won't be easy for the former University of Minnesota star. At Wednesday night's exhibition game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Humphries was loudly booed every time he entered the game.
Humphries only played six minutes in his first exhibition since resigning with the team, but that didn't stop brazen Knicks fans from chanting for Humphries to return in the fourth quarter. Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony loved that fans loudly booed the league's least-liked star, but Nets point guard Deron Williams wasn't exactly as pleased.
That's the first time I've ever heard a crowd rooting for an opposing player to enter the game. It was a nice gesture, Williams sarcastically told reporters after the game.
Not only has his brief marriage hurt his likability, it also likely had an impact on his contract discussions. Humphries was reportedly hoping for a long-term contract worth at least $10 million annually after averaging a double-double with the Nets last season, but was largely devoid of suitors this off-season. No NBA team executive has publicly stated that the Kardashian angle hurt his free agency, but it undoubtedly turned some teams off.