Kris Humphries has been in the news for the reasons he does not want to be. Then again, that might be what you get when you marry and then divorce a reality star.
Usually he would have basketball to distract him from all the off-court drama he has filled his life with, but as a free agent in this abbreviated offseason, there is no work to be done until he signs on the dotted line. The Nets’ pursuit of Dwight Howard has distracted them from re-signing the 25-year-old Humphries, who averaged 10.0 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. So without a place to play, Humphries is still kind of locked out.
In step the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
There may not be many 6-foot-9 hockey players, and Humphries may not know how to skate. But the minor league hockey team offered the free agent power forward a contract that would allow him to use their facilities to work out and would provide him with some hockey lessons in case he is one of the few Minnesotans who does not follow hockey.
“We would welcome Kris Humphries to Syracuse, where unlike Hollywood there are no paparazzi within hundreds of miles and he could reclaim his privacy and self-esteem,” said Syracuse Crunch General Manager Vance Lederman. “Being from Minnesota, Humphries will surely enjoy the hockey and feel right at home in the cold, gray, dismal weather we experience this time of year in Central New York.”
Letting you know that they are serious, Harrison Mooney of Puck Daddy called the Krunch and confirmed that the club is hoping to sign Humphries to some type of contract.
This is something of a marketing ploy though. That is what minor league teams are great at. You could purchase a six-pack of tickets to Dec. 16 or 17 games for $72… the number of days Humphries was married to his Hollywood starlet. That is how it goes, I guess, when you marry a reality TV star.
There do not seem to be any takers right now for Humphries’ services. Surely someone will pay some type of money for a guy who averaged a double double last year, right? It seems free agency is slowing down and so teams will start filling out their rosters with low-priced players like Humphries.
Until that point though, using a hockey team’s facilities and personal trainer to get away from the paparazzi in the New York area cannot hurt the young center.