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New York Knicks’ Metta World Peace Going Kardashian?

September 8th, 2013 at 6:55 PM
By Matt Agne

Kim Kardashian is a socialite who became famous when a sex tape "leaked" to the public. Since then she's enjoyed a career as a model and America has had to endure having Kim and her family shoved down everyone's throats. The Kardashians are on the cover of newspapers, on television, commercials, the news and of course they're often used to sell magazines. However, it seems like athletes — specifically, but not limited to, basketball players — don't fare well when associated with Kim's family. Now New York Knicks' forward Metta World Peace claims he wants to become a Kardashian. Should Knicks fans be weary?

'Kris Humphries' photo (c) 2009, Bryan Horowitz - license:

Let's take a look at the NBA players left in the wake of the Kardashian family. First of all there's Kris Humphries. Humphries — known as Hump by NBA fans — is a 6'9", 235 pound power forward who was the 14th overall selection of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Before Hump was involved with the Kardashian clan he was a relatively unknown player. 

He played for Utah from 2004-06, the Toronto Raptors from 2006-09 and the Dallas Mavericks form 2009-10. It was during his tenure with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets (2010-13) that he gained national attention. Hump experienced his most successful NBA years with the Nets. In fact, during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons he averaged a double-double and became known as a gritty rebounder.

However, that's also when his personal life flipped upside down. Hump and Kim started dating in October 2010. They got engaged in May 2011 and were married on August 20, 2011. Quickly rumors began to swirl that Hump was being used to help promote the Kardashian's reality show.

Right on cue E! scheduled and aired a two-part TV special in October 2011 covering the build up to the nuptials and the wedding itself. Then, after only 72 days of marriage, Kim filed for divorce on October 31, 2011.

On December 1, 2011, Hump quickly responded with a request for an annulment claiming fraud. He also gave her the option of a legal separation. That's when things got ugly. Kim was pitted as a victim and rumors became to circulate about Hump possibly cheating or even being violent with Kim.

All of a sudden the Nets began to separate themselves from Hump who looked like a valuable member of their roster. Even the media began to call the marriage a merely publicity stunt. The problem for Hump was, the promotion seemed to work wonders for Kim and her family while he was now left in the wake.

Meanwhile, Hump found himself a restricted free agent unable to find a contract. It seemed like no team wanted to waste their time negotiating with him only to overpay or have Brooklyn match the offer. Meanwhile, Brooklyn ended up bringing Hump back almost out of default.

Seemingly no longer in their plans, Hump saw his minutes reduced from 34.9 minutes during the 2011-12 season to only 18.3 minutes during the 2012-13 season. Like his minutes, his statistics shrunk by about half and Hump was no longer the double-double machine who looked like a shoe-in to remain a starter on the Nets for years to come.

After a lengthy legal battle, Hump and Kim reached a divorce settlement in April 2013. Their divorce became final on June 3, 2013. Hump was part of the trade with the Boston Celtics that brought Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn on June 27, 2013. That deal was finalized on July 12, 2013. Now Hump gets to rot on a young team in Bean Town with no playoff hopes. Thanks Kim.

'Lamar Odom, LA Lakers - LAX Nightclub, Luxor Casino, Las Vegas' photo (c) 2009, Mark Richardson - license:

Then of course there's Lamar Odom. He's a Queens native who was drafted fourth overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999. The 6'10", 230 pound forward has enjoyed a wonderful career. He played for the Clippers from 1999-2003, the Miami Heat from 2003-04, the Los Angeles Lakers from 2004-11, the Dallas Maverics from 2011-12 and the Clippers again from 2012-13.

He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2000, won two NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010 and was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

In September 2009, Odom married Khloe Kardashian. Once again E! was there to air the wedding on their reality-based series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Odom seemed to handle living with the Kardashian family well and he and Khloe were featured on their own E! spin-off series. 

On the series fans learned of Odom's relationship between he and his father whom Odom was estranged from because of his father's drug use. Like with all celebrity couples, there were rumors of infidelity that were denied by both parties. However, the reasons for Odom's struggles in Dallas began to become for clear when he was arrested on DUI charges on August 30, 2013.

He had violated the NBA drug policy twice in 2001 and then admitted to marijuana use in 2003. However, the he's now being accused of smoking crack. In fact, his habit is reportedly so bad that his drug dealer has cut him off! His habit is rumored to be as bad as a $50,000 a month expenditure. 

Furthermore, a woman named Polina Polonsky confessed to being his mistress. Clearly things aren't overly smooth at the Kardashian-Odom household. In a show of support, the Lakers promised Odom a roster spot if he was to go to rehab and clean himself up. However, after checking himself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, Odom checked himself out of rehab the next day. Where the free agent forward goes from here is unknown but clearly he's dealing with some major personal issues right now.

'Ron Artest aka metta world peace' photo (c) 2013, scott mecum - license:

Now Metta World Peace is claiming he'd like to become a Kardashian. You can be sure that comment made New York Knicks owner James Dolan's eyebrows raise. reports World Peace would like to become a Kardashian.

"I love all the Kardashians and I miss [them],"the Lakers star, who's been "buddies" with Clippers player (and former Laker) Lamar Odom since both were 10-years-old, told PEOPLE Sunday at the Lakers Casino Night presented by Pechanga Resort and OneWest Bank. "I'm gonna change my name to Metta Kardashian next year."

Now, clearly his comments were made in jest. Metta has known Lamar for a long time and has known the Kardashians through his time together with Odom in Los Angeles. However, it's really not a laughing matter. Some jokes just aren't funny.

Metta, if you want to change your name go back to Ron Artest. Most Knicks fans would prefer that anyway. Lets leave Kardashian to the socialites of the world. That named doesn't work well in sports. Just ask Reggie Bush. 

Are the Kardashian's cursed? No more than Alyssa Milano or Rihanna but lets be clear, where there's smoke there's fire. No Knicks fans should want to see Metta anywhere near the Kardashian family. If nothing else, their affects on NBA forwards should be warning enough.

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Tags: Basketball, brooklyn, Dallas Maverics, James Dolan, Kardashian, Kris Humphries, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace, NBA, Nets, New Jersey, New York, New York Knicks

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