Is 'BenDall' the next Kardashian family/NBA romance?
Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons
Lost in the firestorm surrounding the allegations involving Twitter burner accounts is the report that 76ers star Ben Simmons is reportedly dating model and reality star Kendall Jenner. This is far from the first time a member of the extended Kardashian family has found romance from the ranks of the NBA. While we speculate on "BenDall," Let's take a trip down memory lane with the ballers who spent time "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," and how it affected their playing careers.
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2009: Khloe Kardashian and Rashad McCants
McCants reportedly dated Khloe for about six months in 2009, his fourth NBA season. It was his last, and McCants went so far as to blame his relationship with Khloe on the brevity of his NBA career. Once Khloe dropped McCants, he had a couple of stints in the G-League and several international stops before hanging them up at the age of 30.
2009-2013: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
Odom won two rings playing alongside Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, and grabbed another ring when he married Khloe in 2009 after dating her for just a month. Their relationship was front-and-center on the family's reality show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and even led to a short-lived spin-off, “Khloe & Lamar.” Odom's NBA career ended in 2013, and the two divorced a few months later.
2014: Kendall Jenner and Chandler Parsons
The Memphis Grizzlies’ forward reportedly dated Kendall for several weeks during the summer of 2014. He signed a four-year, $94M deal with the Grizz two years later, but since then has struggled to stay healthy, playing just 70 games over the past two seasons.
2015-2016: Khloe Kardashian and James Harden
The Beard spent the better part of a year in the limelight with Khloe, and has since called it the "worst year of his life." The tryst didn't hamper the Rockets superstar on the court, however. He's been on the MVP short list in the two seasons since the couple broke up.
2016-Present: Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
The Cavaliers' big man has been with Khloe for nearly two years. They had a daughter -- True Thompson -- in mid-April. The 26-year-old has been hampered by injuries this season, but he is fully healthy as Cleveland gears up for their NBA Finals series with the Warriors.
2016: Kendall Jenner and Jordan Clarkson
The Cavaliers’ guard dated Jenner for a few months back in 2016, just before Clarkson signed a multi-year contract with the Lakers. This spring, Clarkson was traded to Cleveland, where he certainly had plenty to discuss with Tristan Thompson.
2017-2018: Kendall Jenner and Blake Griffin
Jenner began dating the five-time All-Star last summer, when Griffin was a member of the L.A. Clippers. It seems that after he was traded to the Pistons in late January, he became geographically unattractive to Jenner, and things cooled off. He has four years and $144 million remaining on his contract.