No official announcements have come of late but the rumor machine has cranked out clear signs that Kobe Bryant wants his marriage back. With such an unexpected decision, one must wonder if someone like Kris Humphries might do the same.
Humphries is too busy helping team stay afloat to think about Kim Kardashian
Early signs point to an emphatic no but that might have a lot to do with the current state of the New Jersey Nets. Billed as a team on the rise, Humphries has watched injuries and bad luck derail the season. Not even an impressive and timely win over the top seeded Chicago Bulls to snap an eight-game win streak has done much for Humphries. The young power forward has shown how good he is in terms of basketball skill but his marriage to Kim Kardashian remains linked with the Nets season, destroyed before it could really start. Regardless, part of the reason the two split last year was the NBA lockout and Humphries not working, substituting his free time with parties in Las Vegas. Coupled with the demand of Kardashian's reality TV life, it proved too much for the couple to handle. Now their bitterness over the failure has boiled over into a promised court battle live on television like some pay-per-view boxing match. Is it another publicity stunt or is it a side effect of their genuine love and later feelings of betrayal? Sounds like a bad soap opera, sure, but it's no stranger than what other athletes are doing.
Kobe has forgone divorce to try to repair his marriage with Vanessa Bryant
Time heals all wounds but it also is the best teacher. There's little doubt that the 27-year-old Kobe Bryant would have hit the Hollywood club scene after a divorce. Instead, the 33-year-old Kobe may have sensed his time in the NBA runs short. He's getting too old and mature for the single life. So why reconcile with Vanessa? Part of the reasoning stems from wanting to prove he's a better man than the cheating swine people think he is, but it goes a bit deeper than that. Bryant's best years as a player never saw a game without Vanessa. The two met when he won his first championship and stayed married through four more and all the greatness that came with them. Unloving couples don't stay together ten years these days. The Los Angeles Lakers may have professional Kobe occupied, but nobody knew the man personally like Vanessa. That, along with their kids, presents good reasons to shelve their divorce plans.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian give example of successful NBA marriage
While Michael Jordan continues island hopping from girlfriend to girlfriend, Dallas Mavericks big man Lamar Odom has set the standard for stability in the NBA. His marriage with Khloe Kardashian, a reality TV bulls-eye, has stood the test of both time and ridicule. Their connections to Humphries and Bryant only strengthen the reasoning why marriage isn't always a dead-end. More than anything perhaps, it's experience that plays the biggest role.
Kris Humphries doesn't have what Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant have. He doesn't have the years of experience and maturity to know what marriage means. Vanessa Bryant and Khloe Kardashian aren't evil, and neither is Kim Kardashian. They're just women who want the perfect marriage, and when things don't go right, they take their disappointment out on the men. Cheating also doesn't help but one lives and learns.