Rashad McCants blames his dating Khloe Kardashian for killing his career
One of them, according to him, was dating Khloe Kardashian during 2009, coincidentally his last year in the league, claiming that their relationship was the reason NBA teams doubted his commitment when seeking a place to play during that season.
“Without that situation in play, I’m a $60-70 million player,” McCants told C. Jackson Cowart of The Charlotte Observer. “Easily.”
The Tar Heels shooting guard was drafted 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves and had his best season as a pro in 2007-08, averaging 14.9 points per game and 40.7 percent from beyond the arc.
He would split his next and last season in the league with the Sacramento Kings, starting only one of 24 games and disappearing from the NBA world after failed interest from a few franchises and a couple of short-lived D-League stints as well as overseas.
McCants was not the first to ride the Kardashian train, as that family has had a knack for luring professional athletes like moths to a flame.
But what derailed McCants career wasn’t the relationship itself, but the lifestyle choices that came with it. Dating a Kardashian implies red carpet appearances, clubbing every other day, getaways to resorts, staying at expensive hotels — basically the complete opposite of the discipline that an NBA player is expected to display.
While it seems harsh to blame Khloe for his career not panning out — it has some certain truth to it, but it should never come from a previous partner to air that out — that’s just a bad look.
Rashad McCants is en route to fix that reputation though, being picked with the No. 1 overall selection in the BIG3‘s Draft Combine last month by Trilogy, a team including former Denver Nuggets big men Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington.