Things are getting serious between James Harden and Khloe Kardashian…but his friends are worried about how that will affect him when the NBA season starts! HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop on why James’ teammates are pushing him to dump the reality star.
Dating a Kardashian comes with a LOT of baggage and even more attention, so it makes sense that James Harden’s friends would be a bit concerned about his relationship with Khloe Kardashian, 31. But James’ fellow NBA stars are so worried, they’re even telling him to end things with Khloe before they get too serious, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned.
“James is geting a lot of flack from a lot of his friends around the league,” an insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “They are telling him to enjoy Khloe during the off-season, but to dump her before the regular season begins. They’re warning him that she’s bad for business and urging James to look at Lamar Odom’s life as an example of what could possibly happen to him!”
To be fair, Lamar had a lot of his own demons before he married Khloe that likely led to the demise of his basketball career. However, we do have to point out that it was the season after Khloe filed for divorce that Lamar didn’t get picked up by a team.
Right now, James is at the peak of his career — he’s one of the best players in the NBA and just signed a MASSIVE $200 million deal with Adidas, so, as his friends point out, it’s not like he needs any exposure from the famous reality star. “He needs not one thing from Khloe,” our source adds. “Not money, not fame — nothing! He’s already self-made and his NBA brothers are telling him not to get ‘caught up in that circus’ with Khloe and her family. They want him to get his mind right: He’s on Earth to hoop, not be some sell-out reality star.”
Despite signing off to finalize their divorce, Khloe is still dealing with Lamar drama (he actually showed up to her 6:45 am SoulCycle class and reportedly “ambushed” her in the parking lot!), but things seem to be going really well between her and James. While they kept things low-key at first, the new couple proved they are certainly hot and heavy by attending Kylie Jenner’s 18th birthday party together on Aug. 9. No hiding now!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers: Do you think dating Khloe will ruin James’ career?
— Alyssa Norwin, reporting by Eric Ray Mitchell