NBA-star James Hardern recently spoke with Sports Illustrated about life. In an interview published Tuesday, the Houston Rockets guard revealed that he felt like he needed to “eliminate” Khloe Kardashian from his life.
They two once dated. But, Hardern says it was the only way to get his basketball career back on the track he intended. He shared with Sports Illustrated some things he didn’t like about being in a relationship with Khloe. Hardern says that eventually, he realized he just HAD TO get out.
The basketball star says he just didn’t care for the attention at all. He felt as if there was no real reason for it. He wasn’t benefiting from it, except getting his face and name in the press. And, that just wasn’t something he needed, or was interested in dealing with.
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“It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it wasn’t me,” the Rockets star continued. “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.”
“I didn’t like all the attention,” he says. “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.”
A year ago, Harden was having to deal with the drama of former Rockets big man Dwight Howard on the court and the media attention of dating a Kardashian off the court. Despite all that, Harden still had an incredible season, but he’s been even better this year. He’s carried his team to an impressive 42-19 record and is one of the leaders in the MVP race.
“I’m not worried about anything but hooping,” Harden said, “and that may be why I’m having this kind of success.”
The 27-year-old guard and Khloé broke up about a year ago after dating for eight months. Kardashian has moved on to another NBA star with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson, and Harden has been focused on nothing but basketball.
But the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star hasn’t stayed silent about Harden’s comments regarding his toxic relationship with her.
“He’s only making himself look bad trashing her like this,” a source told Hollywoodlife.com. “She thinks he’s made because she stopped returning his calls and moved on to someone younger and hotter.”
“James is a bitter ex-boyfriend, and he’s in her past,” the source added. “She’s with Tristan now and he’s an upgrade in every way.”
The Houston Rockets leading man likely won’t pay any attention to Khloé’s sources firing back though. He’s been winning ever since the two split up, and he’s still got more winning to do.