Which basketball players have been romantically linked to the Kardashian/Jenner family?
The "Kardashian Curse" has been the stuff of urban myth for a while now. With the fame that followed their hit reality series, the family's fondness for basketball players only grew. The following is a list of those former and current NBA athletes that have been linked to the Kardashians/Jenner family. With the exception of two big names, this list isn't exactly stacked with All-Stars, but still, the sheer number of players is impressive. Khloe Kardashian could basically field a decent starting five with her exes.
The idea of the "Curse" is something that dates back to 2000, when Kim was dating then NFL Running Back Reggie Bush. Since then it has followed the sisters and their partners like a lingering cloud over their collective careers. In some cases those clouds turned into full-fledged storms and ended up damaging certain careers beyond repair. The Kardashian family are certainly no strangers to the spotlight, and neither are professional athletes. That being said, many of the players on the list have attempted to blame poor performances on the outside stressors that come with dating a Kardashian/Jenner. While not all of these tales have a happy ending, they offer cautionary examples of what can happen when every moment of one's personal and professional lives are scrutinized by millions of people. Certainly this phenomenon extends beyond the court as well. Anytime Kanye West has a personal or professional misstep, his legion of fans (myself included) are quick to blame Kim Kardashian for her role in whatever it is. Regardless of who's involved it's a somewhat silly premise. Blaming the Kardashian "Curse" removes all personal responsibility of failure. To put it differently, if Khloe or Kim had a history of dating accountants, nobody would be concerned about the possibility of the guy messing up a routine audit. It is in much in the same way that we should view these athletes. That said, because NBA players are public figures themselves, fans are always looking for reasons for why their guys aren't playing up to par, even when the answer is that they just aren't good enough. Yes, the spotlight does indeed get brighter when you're dating a Kardashian, but that doesn't make the sisters a viable reason for an inability to execute on the floor.
Below are the players that have been involved with this crop of Internet-favored sisters.