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Is Kendall Free From the Curse?

For anyone who knows anything about Hollywood, the Kardashian/Jenner clan run the world. People grow up obsessed with everything they do. Whether it be lip kits, perfume, makeup, or photoshoots, people follow their every move, which is fine for most people but not athletes. If you know about the Kardashian/Jenner then you know about their curse that they bring along. Khloe and Kim have cursed athletes and other celebrities, but has Kendall Jenner actually done the opposite for Ben Simmons?

When Khloe was married to Lamar Odom, he was at the peak of his career. While they were married, Lamar’s cousin died and then the following week Lamar was involved in a serious wreck in which his driver struck a 15 year old boy, killing him. This led to a downward spiral for Lamar, which led to his drug addiction as well as him being found unconscious at a brothel. Now, this wasn’t all Khloe’s fault, but she was married to him..thus the Kardashian curse had struck.

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Khloe also dated James Harden, who blamed his struggles on the media surrounding Khloe and him. They started dating in 2015 and eventually broke up after 8 months due to the “scrutiny” he was under and it left him unfocused. James said “I didn’t like all the attention. 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. It 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.” James had his worst season in the NBA during this time.

Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian have been a thing for awhile, well since 2016. Since that time, his team got swept in the NBA Finals and also lost in 5 games to the same team the previous year. During that time, the 2017 Finals, Tristan had a stretch of 3 games and in that stretch, he scored zero points in two of those 3 games. Many people blamed the dreaded Kardashian curse, even ESPN’s Jalen Rose saying, “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 (Finals) games.”

Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian tied the knot in 2011. Kris was in the prime of his career, with a contract year coming up and he had the worst year of his career. Right after they got married, they moved to New York together and it all went downhill. Kris and Kim were not right for one another and fought all the time, but during their 72 day marriage, Kim killed Kris’ basketball career, too. Not only his career, but his pride left too as he claimed the Kardashians were only using him to shine light on their family, he was denied the annulment.

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I think it is well known now that the Kardashian clan can cause some trouble for anyone who enters their lives. Well, not Ben Simmons. Kendall and Ben have been dating for awhile, but mainly during this season. This season, Simmons is averaging 16.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.9 assists that roughly mirrors his stats from last season. In fact, he has improved in rebounding by a whole rebound as well as points. Simmons has had a better year while averaging the exact same minutes as the year before, oh and not to mention, the 76ers are a combined 13-2 when Kendall comes to a game. In the games she comes to, Simmons typically plays one of his better games of the year, which brings into question…Is Kendall exempt from the curse?

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I think it’s clear than Kendall is not apart of the curse. They have won 13 of 15 when she is present and Simmons tends to play one of his better games of the season. I wrote earlier on how Jenner was trying to convince Simmons to come to LA (https://soft7sports.com/2019/01/25/kendall-jenner-recruiting-ben-simmons-to-la-lakers/) and that was almost proven when the NBA decided to investigate tampering between Magic and Simmons, but he just wanted to learn from Magic on his position. If I’m the 76ers and Ben Simmons, I try and keep Kendall around for as long as possible. Not only is she beautiful, but she is helping your team win and helping Ben Simmons become the best player possible.

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