The Los Angeles Lakers can wave goodbye to their dreams of a repeat.
And we have Khloe Kardashian to thank.
Though I may be biased, it is my firm belief that the Lakers are the greatest franchise in NBA history. True, they have one fewer banner than the Celtics, but they have more distinct dynasties, and they have dominated more decades (1950's, 1980's, and 2000's). To that end, there are few things that the Lakers have gone without...
... except for a Curse.
For some wonderful reason — don't ask me why — the Lakers have never been subjected to the horrors of a curse. No Bambino. No goat. No chewing gum.
And at the risk of sounding crude, even the Celtics suffered through a decades-long curse after the tragic death of Len Bias.
But this day in age, it's clear that celebrity lovers are the worst curse of all.
Think of Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson. Think about how the Patriots are forever doomed now that Brady has his eyes fixed on Gisele. Think about Alex Rodriguez and... well... Madonna, Kate Hudson, that super hot stripper, etc.
These guys just can't focus on two things at once.
This distraction is particularly bad for Odom, though, because he has a long history of being distracted. In fact, he just doesn't perform until you put him in a pressure cooker. When Bynum went down, Odom took advantage of the opportunity, and when the Lakers faced off against LeBron in Cleveland, Odom posted one of the finest performances of his career.
Now, how can we expect him to exhibit that kind of focus and determination when he's about to have a shotgun wedding to kick off the season, and his new wife will want him to appear all the time on her show?
He can't! It just won't work!
Lamar Odom is the key to another championship. The Lakers need depth. Depth is what sets them apart from everybody else.
They have more star power than anybody else, but who else has a sixth man of this magnitude? That's why they perform so well once they are 90-games deep into the season. That's why they are not as vulnerable to injuries.
The 2008-2009 team was perfect. When Odom re-signed, I almost pissed my pants with joy.
But it was too good to be true.
You heard it here first. With Odom distracted, the Lakers dynasty is going to collapse. And it will fall hard.
Twenty years from now, people will look back at this and call it the 'Kardashian Curse.'
Or if they really want to be jackasses...
... they will call it the Kardashian Kurse.