A year ago at this time, Kris Humphries was a fairly unassuming backup big man for the New Jersey Nets. Then he started casually dating America’s sweetheart Kim Kardashian. That romance eventually turned into something more serious — he went on her TV show, she went to Newark for a game — and in August they married. It lasted only 72 days, because some loves are just too powerful to do anything but burn out.Humphries now has a greater celebrity profile, but that fame has been welcomed with searing hatred by many Kardashophilic people of this nation. In fact, a recent Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research poll lists him as the most hated player in the NBA. That’s right, that dastardly fiend LeBron James can’t even beat him out. From Tom Van Riper at Forbes.com (via PBT):Then recently, Humphries’ marriage to Kardashian was over — 72 days after it started. Then came the speculation: Was the marriage fake all along? Was Kim really caught in a nude Yoga session with a male instructor in their home? It’s all created enough tabloid fatigue for the public, when asked which player in the NBA they most dislike, now choose Humphries’ name before any other.”He’s been on five magazine covers, all in a negative light,” says Stephen Master, VP at Nielsen Sports, which helped run the survey. “It’s all so recent, he’s gotten all this publicity for something other than basketball talent.”
Check out the top 10, after the jump, along with the percentage of respondents who found each player unlikable (stats via EOB).
1. Kris Humphries (50 percent dislike)
2. LeBron James (48 percent)
3. Kobe Bryant (45 percent)
4. Tony Parker (37 percent)
5. Metta World Peace (36 percent)
6. Chris Bosh (34 percent)
7. Carmelo Anthony (27 percent)
8. Paul Pierce (25 percent)
9. Dwyane Wade (23 percent)
10. Lamar Odom (21 percent)
And got booed at his first game back with the Nets yesterday.