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Ananth Pandian watched “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on purpose…

Sadly, season six of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” ended last week. A tragic loss, but the Kardashians are not the types to remain out of sight and out of mind, leaving us with a glimpse of their future E! Entertainment special, “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event,” in an episode titled “The Proposal.” Kim’s now-husband, Kris Humphries, who made cameos throughout the season, played an especially prominent role since he was the one doing the proposing.

We’ve all heard stories of Humphries’ proposal, but being able to get a behind the scenes look at the proposal is a once in a lifetime treat.

Here are some highlights:

  • Bruce Jenner zings all basketball players’ golf game: “Man, Space Jam really was pretty accurate — basketball players really can’t play golf!”
  • Lamar Odom bucked tradition and didn’t ask for Jenner’s permission to marry Khloe Kardashian.
  • Humphries discuses the engagement ring he bought over a meal with this guy.
  • Humphries having to arrange a Brinks security truck to drive the mega-expensive token of his love/wealth from New York to Los Angeles.
  • Kaela Humphries, Kris’s sister (who apparently is a model), makes a cameo.
  • This.
  • Lamar Odom is too cool join in on a family toast

Not surprisingly, Kris Humphries’ basketball career is actually on the upswing, coinciding perfectly with his rise as a reality show husband. With the Kardashian Effect aiding him, Humphries is now one of the top 20 most popular NBA players, according to the Groubal Community Sentiment Index (a website that tracks the sentiment of users on the social media graph).

The scary thing about the Kardashian Effect is the possibility of it leading to Kris Humphries gaining an All-Star starter spot due to fan voting. There is no doubt that some of China’s population of 1.3 billion had a role in voting Yao Ming to eight All-Star starter appearances. Kim has over nine million Twitter followers – if a third of them vote for Humphries, it could happen. Sure, Lamar Odom didn’t become an All-Star last year but you can chalk that up to being married to a lesser Kardashian.

With talks of a spinoff show, Humphries star should continue to rise, both in the tabloids and on the court. This time next year, don’t be surprised if he’s celebrating his first MVP.

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