Cleveland Cavaliers: Khloe Kardashian
As usual, there is one tweet back to which these celebrity fandom chronicles can generally be traced. For the Kardashian-Cavs connection, the story starts with an ESPN piece released during the Finals:
To fill everyone in, Cavs big man Tristan Thompson is the latest NBA boyfriend of supercelebrity Khloe Kardashian, of you know which family. The couple has been together since at least last Halloween, but probably longer. Thompson has basically used this relationship to dispel any rumors about a Kardashian curse, with an excellent last three games in the NBA Finals and a solid season overall.
But also remember that this is Cleveland, so a Kardashian even setting foot at a home game is extraordinary. These sagas typically play out on the coasts, as with Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries, two previous Kardashian beaus from the NBA. We can expect that Thompson will recede to Los Angeles during the summer, where the Cavaliers typically do some offseason work, but the situation played out in Ohio all year.
The culmination was Khloe’s appearance at several NBA Finals games, and this opus from Jeff Van Gundy on why this is all something we shouldn’t be worried about:
With all due respect to Mr. Van Gundy, this is exactly the type of thing we all live to be worried about. When the oral history is written on the Cavs-Warriors trilogy from 2015-17, let the record tell the impact that Khloe might have had on its final battle. Thompson played well to close out the series, but Cleveland did lose in five games. The questions over whether or not that family is bad juju for NBA players will linger over Thompson and the Cavaliers for a while.
But in this space, we’re merely interested in which fan is the most famous, the most important and the most impressive. Khloe Kardashian easily slots into the top spot in Cleveland.