NBA free agency is still a long way off. For Kris Humphries, though, it seems too long. The rising star of the Brooklyn Nets needs a new job, but many wonder if his ongoing problems with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will hold him back.
Time with Brooklyn Nets shows Humphries can play despite NBA villainy
No players have a harder time under the stadium lights that those that NBA fans despise. LeBron James clearly couldn't handle it at first while the young Humphries took to it like a bee to honey. Every one is different but not like the Brooklyn Nets big man. Hatred for him didn't come from his antics on the floor or in the media rooms like others. Many fans hated Humphries because his marriage to reality TV starlet Kim Kardashian fell apart. Given the backlash that came down on him, lesser men may have fallen apart. Instead he took his one-year deal with the Nets and posted the best numbers of his pro career at 14 points and 11 rebounds per game. At 26 he is just entering his prime and already has the mind of a veteran who can play in any arena. That alone isn't the big problem. It's whether he can shake the image of feuding with Kardashian and her new boyfriend, Kanye West. Teams haven't shown public interest in Kris Humphries yet, and that's not good news.
West and Kardashian grate on Humphries through even Jay-Z
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went to the offensive even before their union became official. Humphries has wanted to focus on basketball, but his willingness to drag his feet on getting a divorce worked out with his soon-to-be ex-wife has angered West to the point of repeated media shots. The latest came when whispers started that Kanye had his eyes on Kim long ago when she and Kris weren't even married yet. He even went so far as to say he would look so much better with her than the basketball pro. While Humphries gave no reply, the constant jabs may have had some bad side effects for West. One of his best friends, fellow music artist Jay-Z and wife BeyoncÃ©, reportedly have banned Kardashian from their home in New York. While they may have other reason, Jay-Z is also part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, the team Humphries played for. Perhaps he didn't like the bad publicity Kanye brought on the players. Such is the problems Humphries could bring a team.
NBA free agency isn't predictable for most player. Kris Humphries wants to play and proved he can play, but unless the Kardashian mess goes away, it won't come easy.