by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — New Wizards forward Kris Humphries has been a key contributor early this season, with his best performance coming Wednesday night helping Washington to a 107-103 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Humphries nearly double-doubled with 9 boards and 12 points — on 5-for-10 from the field — to go along with 2 blocks, including one crucial swat with the Wizards trailing by two with five minutes to play.

He was also once married to celebrity attention-getter Kim Kardashian, who attempted to ‘break the internet’ yesterday posing topless for Paper Magazine. On Sunday, Humphries may or may not have taken a shot at his ex on Twitter and Instagram.

In a Thursday radio appearance with 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier, Humphries was delicately asked how he’s able to ignore the news cycle when it’s overrun by outside forces which could conceivably serve as a distraction to him.

“Hey, I gotta ask you this, man,” Rouhier tread gently. “Listen. Yesterday there was like this thing that melted the internet, and I’m sure you know what I’m talking about; what’s that like on a day like yesterday? You go out and play well, and it’s awesome — you can put distractions aside — but like, it’s a unique position you’re in. Are guys giving you a hard time? Or is it just something that’s not a big deal at this stage?”

“Well, you know, I’ve always been a basketball-first kind of guy,” Humphries said. “And had a lot of success through everything. For me, it’s just basketball, and that’s where my outlet is, especially now. I’m on a team that’s winning, and we’re gonna be in the playoffs and do all that. It feels good. But everything else, I don’t really pay a lot of attention to. And it’s just – ”

“Is it hard though on a day like yesterday?” Paulsen cut in. “Do you just stay off your phone? Or how does that work?”

“No, I mean, a lot of times I don’t even know what’s going on,” Humphries said. “I’m on ESPN and basketball websites and stuff like that. I’m not someone who’s paying attention to things that don’t really matter in my world.”

In a strange twist, Humphries’ teammate on the Wizards, Rasual Butler, also has ties to the Kardashian family. Friends with Lamar Odom, Butler appeared on at least one episode of the reality TV show “Khloe and Lamar.” Although, Butler doesn’t seem to enjoy being asked about it.

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