Kris Humphries -- the New Jersey Nets power forward who gained national notoriety with his 72-day marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian earlier this year -- is the most disliked player in the NBA, according to a survey conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research and reported on Forbes.com.
Humphries received a 50% dislike score to edge Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, who got 48%. James topped the survey last year in the aftermath of his televised decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For Humphries, an otherwise little-known role player who just re-signed with the Nets for one year and $8 million, it likely was the attention he received after the split with Kardashian and maybe some general public fatigue that pushed him to the top of the list.
“He’s been on five magazine covers, all in a negative light,” Nielsen Sports vice president Stephen Master said. “It’s all so recent, he’s gotten all this publicity for something other than basketball talent.”
Two Lakers appear in the top five -- Kobe Bryant at No. 3 (45%) and Metta World Peace at No. 5 (36%). Lamar Odom, who was traded from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks earlier this month, came in at No. 10. Odom is married to another Kardashian sister, Khloe.
Also in the top 10: San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker at No. 4, the Heat's Chris Bosh at No. 6, New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony at No. 7 , Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce at No. 8 and the Heat's Dwyane Wade at No. 9.
According to Forbes, the survey targeted the broad population, not just NBA fans.
Photo: Kris Humphries. Credit: Justin Lane / EPA