Heading into tonight’s possibly decisive Game 4 of the NBA Finals, chatter about the so-called Kardashian curse has again emerged.
The Golden State Warriors hold a 3-0 advantage over the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers, after a stunning come-from-behind 118-113 win on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Although the Cavs stormed back from a 3-1 deficit last year to win the NBA championship against the Warriors, no team in the league has ever overcome a 3-0 hole in the finals.
As the Inquisitr previously explained, there have long been stories about this “curse,” which supposedly exerts a negative affect on any male who gets romantically involved with a member of the Kardashian reality star clan.
Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, 26, is currently dating Khloe Kardashian, 32, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star. The Cavs drafted Thompson in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft as the fourth overall pick. Two years ago, he inked a five-year, $82 million deal with the team.
For whatever reason or combination of reasons, Thompson — who is a key member of the starting lineup — had pulled a disappearing act in the finals.
In Game 1, he scored zero points on 0-3 shooting in 22 minutes on the floor during which he grabbed four rebounds. He attempted zero free throws.
In Game 2, he managed to score eight points on 4-7 shooting in 21 minutes. He also hauled in four rebound but again did not make it to the foul line.
In Game 3, Thompson had no points (0-1) in 23 minutes of playing time, along with just three rebounds, and again no foul shots attempted
In contrast, Tristan Thompson averaged eight points and nine rebounds per game in the 2016-2017 regular season.
Reacting to Thompson’s Game 3 performance, NBA star turned TV commentator Charles Barkley quipped that “I’m a fat old guy — if you put me in an NBA game for 20 minutes, I’d get three rebounds.,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted.
“In 2016, Thompson had 30 rebounds and 32 points by the end of game three,” News.com.au recalled.
Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose had this to say about Thompson’s lack of production after the Game 3 loss, Hollywood Life reported (see clip below).
“I want to say what everybody’s thinking. There are three things in life that are certain to me: Father-time, gravity, and the curse of the Kardashians. Tristan Thompson had zero points in two of the three games….”
Whether he’s serious or just trolling, Rose apparently warned about Kardashian-related distractions for the Cavs back in October.
“Following their breakup last February, Harden complained he was uncomfortable with all the attention he received during their time together. Most recently, former lottery pick Rashad McCants, whom Kardashian dated in 2009, blamed the perceptions around the high-profile pairing for costing him millions in potential earnings and derailing his NBA career.”
In an appearance on Fox Sports’ The Herd with Colin Cowherd today, with Jason Whitlock sitting in as guest host, McCants clarified that he has no animosity toward Khloe Kardashian, describing her as a “good girl.” The issue for the NBA free agent shooting guard, a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005 to 2009, was the media-perpetuated distraction owing to his relationship with a high-profile celebrity.
McCants explained it was about the “unwarranted attention that conflicted with teammates, coaches, and GMs that were involved in my life at the time…”
Against that backdrop, a team might conclude that an athlete lacks the single-minded focus on his playing, career, McCants suggested.
Asked by Whitlock specifically about the Kardashian curse, McCants had this to say.
“The curse exists only in our minds–it’s a mental thing.”
He also credited Warriors power forward/center Draymond Green for taking Tristan Thompson out of his comfort zone. See clip below.
“Khloe actually hasn’t even been at any of the games in this series, and on May 24, she took to Twitter to slam haters who believe in the curse,” Hollywood Life detailed.
An ESPN profile of Tristan Thompson published on May 30 alluded to his relationship with one of the Kardashian sisters
“Team higher-ups were a little worried when Thompson began dating Khloe Kardashian in August, but now they are almost amused. When he comes to work, it’s as if the Kardashian thing doesn’t exist. Even Thompson’s taste for fancy and sometimes garish clothes isn’t new.”
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) June 8, 2017
Do you think there is anything at all to the talk about a Kardashian curse, a.k.a. the Kardashian kurse, being to blame for the Cleveland Cavaliers losing streak or the lackluster play so far of Tristan Thompson?
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