But tonight Kris Humphries received a harsh welcome back to the court with the New Jersey Nets as he was booed and jeered by a 20,000-strong crowd.
The 26-year-old estranged husband of Kim Kardashian suffered a double blow after his team lost 88-82 against New York Knicks in a pre-season game at Madison Square Garden.
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Slap in the face: New Jersey Nets star Kris Humphries, seen here in combat with rival Toney Douglas of the New York Knicks, was booed by a 20,000-strong crowd as he returned to the court at Madison Square Garden
He played six scoreless minutes of the second quarter, staying on the bench in the fourth as chants of 'We want Humphries! We want Humphries!' broke out.
'I felt like Rudy,' Humphries said afterwards, in reference to the beleaguered movie sports character of the 1993 movie of the same name.
Earlier the sports star was a little bit more upbeat.
Tough time of it: In a double blow, Humphries' team lost against the Knicks in the pre-season game
Jeering crowd: The crowd booed the 26-year-old sports star, the estranged husband of Kim Kardashian
'It’s good to see the guys again. Although it’s a one-year deal, I’m happy and motivated. I think if you ask any player, they all would want a max contract with the longest terms.
'But I’m happy with the deal and glad to be back.'
Feeling the strain: Kris looked stressed at points in the game
Back on board: He has just signed an $8m one-year contract with the team
Humphries went through an eventful offseason, despite an NBA lockout that kept players away from their jobs longer than expected.
Kris and Kim pictured in happier times before splitting after just 72 days of marriage
Asked what was different now than when he was last with the Nets in April, Humphries said: 'Well, there is a lot less paparazzi here.
'I definitely had a lot going on. It was a learning experience. I hadn’t been through anything like that before.
'Life just happens. As long as you’re focused and pay attention to life, everything is easier. I learned that I put my faith in God, my family and basketball. I feel now like I’m home again.'
The 6-foot-9 star enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Nets last year, averaging 10 points and 10.4 rebounds in his second season with New Jersey, more than doubling his career averages. He was fifth in the NBA in rebounding.
He went through the free agent process and fielded offers from other teams.
'But this is where I wanted to be,' Humphries said. 'There were other options, but I was just waiting for things to come together here.'
Humphries is now living in his Hoboken bachelor pad again and friends tell RadarOnline he is happy in the set-up.
'[He is] thrilled to be living in his New Jersey bachelor pad again. He is anxious to get back on the court, and put this past year behind him,' the source said.
On the bench: Kris sits with his fellow team mates
Dropping the ball: He played six scoreless minutes of the second quarter, staying on the bench in the fourth as chants of 'We want Humphries! We want Humphries!' broke out