- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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It wasn’t too long ago, if you remember, that the Nets were hoping Kris Humphries wouldn’t exercise his $3.2 million player option.
But he did.
And so, the Nets got stuck with a $3.2 million backup power forward. A $3.2 million nobody.
Great. Awesome. Dandy.
But then Troy Murphy got injured. And everything changed.
On Nov. 10, Humphries, filling in for Murphy, notched 13 points and 18 rebounds in 41 minutes in a 95-87 win at Cleveland.
It proved to be a breakout performance for Humphries, one that led to ...
• Twenty-nine double-doubles.
• Eighteen games of 15-plus rebounds.
• A 10.4-rebound per game average, which ranked fifth in the NBA.
• A career-high 23-rebound game on Mar. 23 in a 98-94 win at Cleveland.
• And a rejection of Suns center Robin Lopez on Feb. 28 in a 104-103 loss that was arguably the best rejection in the NBA all of last season.
And one smoking hot chick sitting courtside.
It didn’t seem to make sense that Kim Kardashian was coming to watch the Nets play.
After all, they were pretty darn bad last season. And that’s being nice.
And if we’re being completely honest, Humphries was one of the last players on the team we’d have thought would’ve been dating Kardashian.
But then the rumors started coming out sometime in December, and it became pretty clear what was happening.
Kris Humphries, the same Kris Humphries the Nets were hoping wouldn’t exercise his $3.2 million option before the 2010-11 season began, was dating Kim Kardashian.
Kris Humphries, the same Kris Humphries who started the 2010-11 season as a nobody, a backup power forward on one of the worst teams in the NBA, was dating Kim Kardashian.
Humphries proposed to Kardashian three months ago, and gave her a 20.5 karat ring.
And now, eight months after they first started dating, they’re married. The pair tied on the knot on Saturday in a lavish, celebrity-filled ceremony in California.
Footage of the ceremony will air on E! on Sunday night at 6 p.m. ET. A two-part special will air Oct. 9 and 10 on the entertainment network.
Today, Humphries has nearly 281,000 followers on Twitter. He isn’t just known in the sports world. He’s known in the celebrity world as well.
And once the NBA lockout ends -- if it ever ends -- Humphries will be in line to receive a huge payday.
He’s going to be a free agent, and several teams, including the Nets, will be pursuing his services.
Yes. Kris Humphries, the same average-run-of-the-mill-nothing-special-pro-hoopster-from-Minnesota Kris Humphries, somehow managed to land the girl of his dreams.
Impressive. And deserving.
What more is there to say?