Rashad McCants considers his once-promising NBA career another casualty of the Kardashians.
Speaking with the Charlotte Observer, McCants blamed his relationship with Khloé Kardashian for ruining his time in the league, which lasted a mere four seasons and change.
“Without that situation in play, I’m at $60-70 million,” McCants said. “Easily.” McCants, 32, first was linked to Kardashian, 32, in early 2009, months before she wed another NBA player, Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Laker
It’s unclear why McCants believes his utterly unremarkable career was derailed by Kardashian.
After being drafted 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2005, he played for the team for four seasons before being traded to the Sacramento Kings in 2009. Following a brief stint, McCants went on to sign with the Houston Rockets that September. He was signed by the Dallas Mavericks a year later, but eventually released. He has since bounced around different international leagues, most recently signing with the Trotamundos de Carabobo of Venezuela in 2015. McCants is part of the BIG3 League that launches next month.
Kardashian’s love of NBA players is well documented. After filing for divorce from Odom in late 2013, she dated Rockets superstar James Harden in 2015. Harden had a mediocre season while he was dating Kardashian, sandwiched between two MVP-caliber seasons.
After the relationship flamed out last February, Harden admitted he wasn’t a fan of the media surrounding his romance with the reality star.
“I feel like it was for no reason. I wasn’t getting anything out of it except my name out there and my face out there, and I don’t need that,” Harden told Sports Illustrated in March.
“I wasn’t uncomfortable, but it wasn’t me. I don’t need pictures of myself when I’m driving my car. Who cares? What shoes am I wearing? Who cares? Where am I eating? Who cares? It was unnecessary stuff that I think trickled down to my teammates. I had to eliminate that.”
Kardashian has since rebounded with Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, 26.