LBS- McCants began dating Khloe Kardashian in the fall of 2009, and he says that’s where his career went off the rails. He told the Charlotte Observer that dating Khloe gave NBA teams a reason to doubt his commitment.
“Without that situation in play, I’m a $60-70 million player,” McCants said. “Easily.”
McCants was traded by Minnesota to Sacramento in early 2009. He signed with the Rockets in Sept. 2009 but didn’t end up playing for them. He had interest from a few other NBA teams over the next year, but nothing worked out. He then bounced around with two D-League stints and multiple stints abroad, none lasting for very long.
I'll say this, if we are playing 'The Blame Game' then I'm selecting Rashad McCants first overall as my player/coach and captain. There is simply no one better for the job as a professional scapegoater than the former North Carolina guard that genuinely believes his basketball career bottomed out due to a relationship with a reality TV star. I know it's fun to treat the Kardashian's as if they athletic kryptonite, and there might even be a sniffle (shoutout to Lamar Odom) of truth to that. However, matter of factly stating that a fling with the (then) fat one before she was nearly as famous as she is now got him ostracized from a league in which he would otherwise be a household name takes a deference of responsibility that is unforeseen in professional sports. We are talking about an MVP caliber accusation. When it comes to assigning guilt, the guy that couldn't carve out a spot for himself on terrible teams like Minnesota and Sacramento is the goddamn GOAT.
Imagine professional scouts sitting in the stands at D-League games discussing the pros and cons of calling Rashad McCants back up to the big leagues and deciding against it because of his dating resume. Think about some Turkish executive saying "thanks, but no thanks" after finding out via American tabloids who his newest addition was recently fucking. That's basically what the former Tar Heel is implying here.
Never mind the fact that the Kardashian "curse" wasn't anywhere near as prevalent then as it is now. Never mind the fact that even an athletically limited white dude like Kris Humphries managed to escape it's post-matrimonial powers to continue playing. Never mind the fact that James Harden got released by Khloe's Kraken-esque claws to become an MVP candidate. Never mind the fact that Tristan Thompson is filling a huge role on the roster of the reigning champs while penetrating that same vendetta-fueled vagina. Someone or something had to take Rashad McCants from being selected 14th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft to getting interviewed about a career that's long been in the rearview only 11 years after it started. He'll be damned if that someone is himself, and he'll go to the grave before admitting that something was his lackluster performance. In a weird way, I can respect that level of dedication to a notion as ridiculous as the Kardashian's being the main reason he couldn't keep up.