September 28, 2011

After having his finest season yet as an NBA player in 2010-11, Kris Humphries went on to enjoy a whirlwhind summer replete with a multi-million dollar wedding with reality starlet Kim Kardashian. Now, as his career in television takes off, the eighth-year forward faces an uncertain future as a free agent in a league that's been locked out for nearly three months now.

The former New Jersey Net spoke to about his hopes for next season, the upcoming two-part wedding special on E! ("Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event" will air Oct. 9 and 10) and his new life in the reality TV spotlight. Tell me about your two-hour wedding special on E!

Humphries: Well, you can expect a crazy, elaborate wedding. It was really exciting, a dream wedding. Just the process of getting married -- there was so much was going on. Have you and Kim gone on your official honeymoon yet?

Humphries: Well we went to Italy for four days after the wedding, but we didn't have a ton of time to go somewhere because we're both coming out here to New York. I'm working out here and filming a little bit, and she's doing a bunch of her stuff. The filming you're doing -- is that for the reality show?

Humphries: Yeah, for "Kourtney and Kim Take New York." Do you enjoy being in the reality TV spotlight?

Humphries: It's cool because all of us are in it together. It's definitely different. It isn't necessarily something that I thought I'd be doing. Luckily I play basketball first -- that's my career first, so this [reality TV stuff] isn't really what I do. I don't know if I could do it if it was the only thing I was doing. How is it being a brother-in-law to NBA rival Lamar Odom? Do you two deal with each other much?

Humphries: Hah, well it's a big family. So I'm a lot of people's brother-in-law now -- Brody [Jenner]'s, Rob [Kardashian]'s, kinda Scott [Disick]'s brother-in-law. I don't know. I don't know what you would technically call Scott.

But I haven't dealt with Lamar a whole lot since he's been up in L.A. Kim's family is so big, you know. I've gotten to know Brody a little bit, and Rob. And I'm here in New York with Scott, so I've gotten to know him a lot. But I haven't been able to spend too much time with Lamar. How have you been keeping up with basketball and training during all this?

Humphries: Well, every morning until around noon I'll be in the gym doing what I have to do. My career is basketball, so I really devote my time to that. Are you training with someone?

Humphries: I fly out my trainer from Minnesota and I've also been working with a strength-and-conditioning guy out here. And I do some other stuff here and there. As a free agent, how concerned are you about where these labor negotiations stand?

Humphries: I'm worried for the game. It'll be tough for the NBA to miss a year, so we're all hoping that's not the case. But as far as what I'm doing, I'm just continuing to work out like we're starting on time. Obviously things have been pushed back at this point (the league postponed training camps and canceled 43 preseason games). But I want for us to continue to build our fan base -- both globally and here -- with what we've been doing over the past few years. It'd be unfortunate to see a setback in the growth of the NBA, so I think everyone -- from the league, to the fans, the players -- wants to see us play again. Do you think the league will start on time?

Humphries: There's still a chance, but I don't know. It's one of those things where, as players, we have in our mind where we want to end up and owners have their own thing. So I think it's about finding that common ground. It's up in the air whether it will or won't [start on time]. Would you consider going overseas?

Humphries: I haven't thought about it yet. I think if the lockout continues then it's logical for everyone to explore other options. Are you planning to compete in any of these pro-am leagues that a bunch of NBA players are holding?

Humphries: I haven't really played in any leagues this summer. I've just been training really hard. I'm a free agent ,so it's hard to play in some of these leagues because you don't want to get hurt or anything like that. A lot of the leagues aren't as organized or kind of at the level of what we normally see in the NBA, so [injuries] can be a risk. But I've been doing everything else that I can to get ready. Are you hoping to stay in New Jersey next season?

Humphries: I think the lockout will affect that, depending on what kind of deal we get in place. But I have to make a decision that's best for me and my family.

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