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Humphries, LeBron, Kobe make poll of most disliked athletes

Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT


I had lunch a couple weeks ago at a popular spot near my house, and a couple seats down two early 20s, attractive women from a local health spa sat down for lunch. The Nets game replay was on television and the two started talking about Kris Humphries — “He’s so cute but he was such an a****** to Kim.” I guess if you watch all her reality shows you call her Kim. Anyway they spent five minutes trashing him, talking about how that big, mean basketball player treated their poor, innocent heroine. It was a glimpse into another world for me.

Apparently, there are a lot of people out there who feel the same way.

Forbes released poll results of the top 10 most disliked athletes in America and Humphries was the highest ranked basketball player. The poll, done by the Nielsen Group, also had LeBron James and Kobe Bryant on the list, as you would expect.

Humphries’ 72-day marriage to Kim Kardashian vaulted him into pop culture, but everything went poorly. Well, except they made a lot of money. Of the people surveyed, 50 percent had a negative view of Humphries, almost none of that based on his shaky midrange game. A lot of them, like those girls at the restaurant I overheard, in a year will have trouble remembering who Humphries was because Kim will have trapped someone else in her Web.

The good news (okay, relatively good news) is that Humphries finished fifth on the list, with LeBron sixth (48 percent dislike) and Kobe seventh (45 percent) — the top spots go to Michael Vick and Tiger Woods, with Plaxico Burress rounding out the top three. The NBA guys seem to be sliding down the list. What will be interesting to see is if LeBron can win a ring and if so does that impact where he stands on these lists?

  1. tomtravis76 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Humphries is the exact kind of player Miami needs down low. A guy who is physically tough, can score, rebound and defend while not demanding the ball. Bosh is an All-Star, but he is not a beast and the Heat need a beast, something Humphries has shown he can be on a team that just needs role players to compliment its stars.

    Bosh is the guy who needs to go this off season, even if they win the title.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM


      • tomtravis76 - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        Don’t you think that 14 million plus could be spent a little bit better? Not at all saying Bosh is not one of the 20-25 best players in the league, but his lack of presence consistently down low has been a major disappointment. He plays “soft”. Bosh gets pushed around by stronger guys. Again,I just think 14 plus million could get you alot more to sure up the role players that Lebron and Wade need to get those rings.

      • borderline1988 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM


        You’re not wrong, but Bosh’s offense is very useful.

        Who exactly is going to be that guy who will be that major presence on defense but also have a legitimate offensive game to complement Lebron and Wade? The Heat need help with scoring in the half court game, even with Wade and Lebron.

        So who is that guy gonna be? I actually think Bosh might give you the best combination of defense, half-court offense, and the ability to run on the break.

        A guy like Perkins, Chandler or even Noah would be terrific for the Heat defense, but their halfcourt offense will suffer. Jefferson, Lee, Boozer, Stoudemire, Scola, Love…even worse on defense lol.
        Frontcourt players with good offense and defense are extremely rare in this league…Howard, Bynum, Garnett…you can count them on one hand.

        In the end, the grass always looks greener on the other side. Trust me. Things will not be better if you replace Bosh with Humphries. Bosh is excellent in his role. The Heat came within 1 quarter of a 3 – 0 lead in the NBA Finals last year. They’re better this year, and the Mavs are worse. If the Heat don’t win it all this year, you might as well blow the whole thing up.

    • borderline1988 - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      You’d take Humphries over Bosh?
      That makes no sense on so many freakin levels.

      1) The Heat have Haslem, who is a slightly better version of Humphries because he has a better 10 – 14 foot jumper and has more basketball smarts. The 2 of them together would be redundant. Haslem is a better defender as well. Humphries will give you a few more boards, but big deal.

      2) Bosh is highly underrated. Fact is, he pours in 19 points a game as a 3rd option..there’s no way Humphries can do that on the Heat. Humphries is a 12 and 10 guy. Bosh is a 25 and 9 guy (he gets 19 only b/c he’s a 3rd option). You can’t replace Bosh’s offense with Humphries. The guy only scores on rebounds, with the occasional jumper and dunk if he’s wide open. He can’t effectively put the ball on the floor against a decent defense, which would really hurt the Heat b/c they have no frontcourt players who can take even 1 dribble except for Bosh.

      3) Maybe Bosh could average a few more boards. But do you really think it’s wise to give up all of Bosh’s talents just to get a guy who will average 2 more boards a game, and give you nothing else over Bosh?

      4) Why would you mess with what the Heat have (especially if they win a title)? Most analysts would say they have the best team in the league. Sure they could use a more legitimate centre and a better PG, but Humphries is a power forward.

      I don’t understand all the hate for Bosh (and I’m a Raptor fan…). He may not be a superstar b/c he can’t carry a team on his own, but he’s a fantastic 2nd option because he’s a nightmare matchup, and has the ability to take over the offense if needed. He also complements Wade and Lebron b/c if you run a pick and roll with them, defenders have to respect Bosh’s jumper and his ability to drive to the rim.
      Defensively, he’s not exactly the greatest on the ball defender, but he’s pretty good at help defense and is long and can be disruptive. I’d take him over Boozer (at defense) any day.
      The only thing about him is his rebounding. He should be averaging 10 and only gets around 8. But do you really think 2 rebounds/game makes or breaks a player?

      • tomtravis76 - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        Its more about spreading that salary of Bosh’s over a few more players to help Wade and Lebron.

  2. fouldwimmerlaik - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Personally, I believe that if Humphries “was such an a****** to Kim,” then he should be voted the most LIKED athlete.

  3. BrownsTown - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Yeah, Kobe has five rings, and he’s obviously very popular, so I bet LeBron could improve drastically if he won just one ring.

  4. southbeachtalent - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    So people hate Kobe (one of the greatest players ever), LeBron ( best player right now), Humphries (slept with Kim K)… Can you say haters!!

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    What? No O.J. Simpson? LOL, just playing!

  6. rickditka - Feb 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Kris Humphries told Kim the Whore that she was fat. He told her that noone would care about her in ten years. Kris Humphries is an American Hero.

  7. dannymac17 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Kris Humphries is the only white guy on that list, hes like the Larry Bird of being hated.

  8. africanballer - Feb 9, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    LeBron is disliked for being good at what he does, so is kobe (at times or in the past or whatever). Why is Humphries disliked so much? leave this guy alone lol

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