In his final season at UNC, Rashad McCants led the Tarheels to a NCAA title. A few months later, the Minnesota Timberwolves made him the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft. The 6'4" shooting guard appeared to be on his way to a fruitful pro career.
After three years in the league, McCants began to flash star potential, averaging 15 points a game off the bench for the T-Wolves. But then he made a decision that he now credits with ending his chances at stardom: He started dating Khloe Kardashian.
The 32-year-old, who's been out of the NBA for nearly decade, recently spoke with the Charlotte Observer and said, “Without that situation in play, I’m a $60-70 million player. Easily.”
The paper notes that dating Kardashian "gave people an opportunity to doubt his commitment to the NBA." Maybe, but McCants is looking a little too hard to find the person responsible for his flameout. It wasn't a woman he dated for six months— it was himself.
McCants may have been a decent young shooting guard, but he was a terrible defender, an unrelenting ball hog and a locker room headache. He clashed with coaches, annoyed teammates and had an ego the size of a superstar. At a time when the NBA was beginning to prioritize two-way players, he was a volume shooter and little else.
If you're looking for a perfect encapsulation of McCants as player, we've found it on YouTube. Here he is coming off a screen, getting into the lane and dunking on two much bigger men. It's a nice play! And it's followed by him flexing, running into another player and getting a technical.
McCants, who's planning a comeback with Ice Cube's 3-in-3 league, isn't the first NBA player to blame the Kardashian clan for his career struggles. Most recently, MVP candidate James Harden said getting rid of Khloe was the key to his recent success.