James Harden Explains How Khloe Kardashian Was Dragging Him Down & Why He Had To Get Rid of Her

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Coming off a Western Conference appearance the season before, no one could figure out what happened to the Houston Rockets as they stumbled into the playoffs the following season with a 41-41 record, ultimately getting bounced out with ease.

Two things changed: Dwight Howard was gone and, most notably, James Harden eliminated a Kardashian from his life.

Recently, Harden explained to SI why dating Khloe Kardashian became a nuisance and why he had to move on with his life to eliminate further distractions that came with dating her.

“I’m not worried about anything but hooping,” says Harden, 27, “and that may be why I’m having this kind of success.” The process of untangling a crowded life began a year ago, when he and Khloé broke up after an eight-month romance, which began with a meeting at Kanye West’s basketball-themed birthday party at Staples Center in June.

Harden does not reference Khloé but reflects on the tabloid apparatus that accompanies her. “I didn’t like all the attention,” he says. “I feel like it was for no reason. I wasn’t getting anything out of it except my name out there and my face out there, and I don’t need that. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it wasn’t me. I don’t need pictures of myself when I’m driving my car. Who cares? What shoes am I wearing? Who cares? Where am I eating? Who cares? It was unnecessary stuff that I think trickled down to my teammates. I had to eliminate that.”

It clearly helped as Harden has career highs in points (28.8) and assists (11.3), while the Rockets sit at 42-19 and 3rd overall in the Western Conference. His name is also up there with Russell Westbrook as the possible MVP for this season.

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