The NBA players’ true all-stars in life are their wives and girlfriends, who stand by their side and support them through thick and thin. Despite amusing height differences in some of these couples, their love is stronger than any physical distance, demonstrating that nothing can impede true love, not even a 50-inch gap.
CJ McCollum and Elise Esposito
During his time as a guard at Lehigh University, CJ McCollum experienced two life-changing events. Firstly, his impressive performance secured him the 10th overall pick at the 2013 NBA draft, launching his career to the big league. Secondly, he met his fiancée Elise Esposito, who was studying a double major in Behavioral Neuroscience/Pre-medicine at the time. Since their initial meeting in 2013, the couple has been together, and McCollum proposed to Esposito in February 2019, making him the happiest man alive when she said yes.
Despite his achievements on the court, it is clear that McCollum’s greatest happiness comes from his relationship with Esposito. Their enduring love, which began at Lehigh University, has brought joy and stability to McCollum’s life, showing that success is not only measured in points scored but in the love and support of those closest to us.
Nick Young and Keonna Green
Basketball superstar Nick Young gained notoriety for his high-profile relationship with rapper and singer Iggy Azalea. However, he has also had an on-again-off-again relationship with his high school sweetheart, Keonna Green. In 2015, Azalea broke off their engagement after rumors surfaced about Green’s involvement with Young.
Despite the scandal, Young is no stranger to the spotlight, having previously been featured in the sports documentary Second Chance Season. His love life may have been tumultuous, but it is clear that he has a strong connection with Green, whom he has been dating since high school.
Zion Williamson and Tiana White
Zion Williamson, the celebrated player of the New Orleans Pelicans, is in a relationship with his high school sweetheart, Tiana White. They first met while attending Spartanburg Day High School in South Carolina, where White was a junior, and Williamson was a senior and basketball star before he was recruited to the NBA. They have been together ever since.
Like Williamson, White is an athlete with a passion for sports. While Williamson played basketball, White was a cheerleader, volleyball player, and track team member during their high school years. Today, she is attending Wofford College, as per her Instagram account.
Bradley Beal and Kamiah Adams
Washington Wizards player Bradley Beal and his girlfriend Kamiah Adams are not shy about their relationship. Adams, a successful Instagram model with over 800,000 followers, is no stranger to dating celebrities, having previously been in a relationship with hip-hop artist Lil’ Fizz.
Beal and Adams have been together since 2015, and in 2019, they welcomed their first child together. Adams is a dedicated supporter of Beal and his team, often attending Wizards games with an anxious and focused demeanor. Her facial expressions during the games have become iconic and meme-worthy, solidifying her status as Beal’s number-one fan.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Mariah Riddlesprigger
Giannis Antetokounmpo, the current NBA MVP, and his girlfriend, Mariah Riddlesprigger, recently welcomed their first child together. Although they are not married, the couple has been together for a long time, though details of how they met or went on their first dates are unknown.
Riddlesprigger, like Antetokounmpo, is also an athlete. She played volleyball from a young age and was a star player on her high school and college teams. She attended Rice University in Texas, where she earned a degree in Sports Management and Sociology. After graduating, Riddlesprigger interned at the NBA, which allowed her to pursue her dream career.
Steph Curry and Ayesha Curry
Basketball icon Stephen Curry and television personality Ayesha Alexander first met as teenagers in a church youth group. However, they did not reconnect until six years later, when they ran into each other by chance. At that point, Curry was already a prominent figure in the NBA, while Ayesha was pursuing an acting career in Hollywood.
In 2011, the couple married in the same church where they had first met, a romantic gesture that is hard to beat. While Ayesha’s acting career did not take off, she found success as a celebrity cook and even published her own cookbook.
Paul George and Daniela Rajic
Although they have not yet exchanged vows, six-time NBA All-Star Paul George and his girlfriend Daniela Rajic have two children together and are happily raising them. However, their relationship has been considered controversial due to Rajic’s past career as an exotic dancer, which she pursued while studying at the University of Miami to support herself financially.
Despite criticism from some of George’s fans, Rajic’s previous profession ultimately brought them together. She worked at a club frequented by athletes and other celebrities, where she met George. Today, the couple continues to build their family and support each other, showing that love can overcome any obstacle.
Russell Westbrook and Nina Earl
Russell Westbrook, a renowned NBA player, and Nina Earl are college sweethearts who met while playing basketball at UCLA. After years of dating, they tied the knot in 2015 and are now proud parents to three children – a son and twin daughters.
While Nina was a talented basketball player and an important member of the UCLA basketball team, she has another passion. She founded The Little Ark, a boutique in Oklahoma that specializes in gifts for mothers and babies. Her background as a marriage therapist inspired her to open the boutique, adding another dimension to her already impressive career.
Kyrie Irving and Marlene Wilkerson
There has been much speculation about Kyrie Irving’s relationship with Marlene Wilkerson, a model who goes by the stage name Golden. The two were first linked in 2018 when they were seen together, and shortly after, Wilkerson was seen wearing a ring, suggesting that their relationship was moving forward.
While Irving and Wilkerson have not publicly confirmed their relationship, his Instagram account suggests that she plays an important role in his life. However, his four-year-old daughter Azurie, from a previous relationship, is the most significant person in his life, as he often mentions her on social media.
Joel Embiid and Anne de Paula
Philadelphia 76ers’ star player Joel Embiid is in a relationship with Sports Illustrated model Anne de Paula, who hails from Rio de Janeiro. It appears that de Paula is the more intriguing half of the couple, as rumors about their relationship began to swirl after she was spotted courtside at every Sixers game.
Their relationship became official when they posted photos of each other on social media, as is customary these days. After the Sixers’ devastating loss to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA playoffs, de Paula was there to console Embiid, showing her unwavering support for her boyfriend during a tough time.
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union
Dwayne Wade, a basketball legend, and actress Gabrielle Union make up the NBA’s power couple, inspiring fans with their love story. They first met in 2007 at a sponsored Super Bowl event when Union was recovering from a recent divorce, and Wade was still married. Later that year, Wade filed for divorce, but his troubles were far from over.
Despite their challenges, Wade and Union went public with their relationship in 2009 and made their red carpet-debut as a couple in 2010. Union initially had reservations about their relationship, given their age difference and Wade’s recent divorce, but decided to give it a chance. Now, 13 years later, they are happily married with children and stronger than ever.
LeBron James and Savannah James
LeBron James and his wife, Savannah, have a classic love story. They met in high school 18 years ago, with LeBron as the rising basketball star from Akron, Ohio, and Savannah as a cheerleader and softball player from a rival school. Despite the competition between their teams, they started dating, with their first date at a romantic Outback Steakhouse in Akron.
Savannah could never have imagined the future that awaited her high school sweetheart, who was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in his senior year. In 2004, they welcomed their first child, and in 2013 they finally married. Today, they are a power couple, with Savannah running her own furniture line and philanthropic foundation while supporting her husband’s career in basketball.
Kawhi Leonard and Kishele Shipley
Kawhi Leonard and Kishele Shipley, his girlfriend of seven years, are both very private individuals, especially when it comes to their relationship. The Los Angeles Clipper highly values his privacy, so fans have always been left in the dark about the status of their relationship. While it’s believed that they may have tied the knot, neither of them has confirmed it publicly.
The story of how they met is unknown, but it’s thought to have been during their time at San Diego State University, where Leonard played basketball, and Shipley studied Public Administration. In 2016, they welcomed their first child, Kaliyah Leonard, sparking rumors and speculation about their engagement and possible wedding plans.
Jayson Tatum and Ella Mai
NBA star Jayson Tatum’s love life has been making headlines recently, particularly since his new (and partly secretive) relationship with R&B singer Ella Mai came to light. Prior to this, he had been in a relationship with his high school sweetheart, Toriah Lachell, with whom he has a son, Jayson Jr., born in 2017. Despite their son, they never got married, and during their relationship, Lachell accused Tatum of having two other relationships.
Social media fans encouraged Tatum to be faithful to the mother of his child, but ultimately the couple couldn’t make it work, and they broke up in 2020. Rumors of his new relationship with social media personality and R&B singer Ella Mai began circulating in October 2020.
Donovan Mitchell and Deja Lighty
NBA player Donovan Mitchell and his girlfriend Deja Lighty are one of the most adorable couples on our list. Although Lighty is not a basketball player herself, she has been a fan from a young age. In high school, she served as the team manager for her school’s basketball team and later worked as a basketball recruiter for Temple University, assisting with game preparations and team practices, making basketball an integral part of her life.
Her most recent job was as an account executive with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although she never played basketball, Lighty has experience in other sports fields; in high school, she was a top cheerleader and a member of the lacrosse team. Lighty accompanied Mitchell to the 2018 All-Star weekend, officially marking them as a couple.
Damian Lillard and Kay’La Hanson
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard’s girlfriend, Kay’La Hanson, is a medical student he met while attending Weber State University, where he was already a rising basketball star. The couple currently lives together in Oregon, surrounded by Damian’s family, but has not yet tied the knot. They have a two-year-old son.
Although it is uncertain whether Kay’La received a medical degree from Weber State, her ultimate goal has always been to become a nurse and take care of others. She studied nursing at Nightingale College in Utah, but her current nursing status in Oregon remains unknown.
Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor
Iman Shumpert, a professional basketball player in the NBA, and his wife, actress, singer, dancer, and model Teyana Taylor, are being called the ultimate Gen Z power couple due to their popular reality show, “Teyana and Iman.” The couple, who tied the knot in 2016 and have a daughter together, are not shy about sharing their lives with the public and have amassed a large following on their reality show, which showcases both their glamorous moments and their intimate family life.
Despite already being well-known figures, Teyana and Iman have found even more success through their reality show, which has attracted a devoted fan base. The couple is not afraid to put their relationship on display and let the world see the love and bond they share.
Kyle Lowry and Ayahna Cornish-Lowry
It may be wrong to say that opposites attract, as Kyle Lowry’s girlfriend, Ayahna Cornish-Lowry, is also a successful basketball player. Although she didn’t pursue a professional career in the sport, during college, it seemed like she had a bright future as the Best Offensive Player on St. Joseph’s University team.
Kyle and Ayahna are both natives of Philadelphia and met during their high school years, possibly through their mutual love of sports. The couple prefers to keep their relationship away from the public eye, so details about their wedding are unknown, but they are happily married with two children. Maybe the key to a successful marriage is to keep your private life private.
Ray Allen and Shannon Walker Williams
NBA legend Ray Allen and his wife Shannon Walker Williams, also known as Shannon Allen, are still going strong. The couple first met in 1996 when Shannon was part of an amateur music group called Shades. The group was active during the nineties and even had a successful single, but unfortunately, they didn’t manage to stay together.
After the band disbanded, Shannon pursued a career in acting. Her acting career was most active during the early 2000s, and she is best known for her role in the film Girlfight (2000). Williams and Allen took their time before tying the knot and finally got married in 2008. Today, they have four children. After starting a family, Shannon gave up acting and opened her own restaurant, which is her main focus these days.
Chris Bosh and Adrienne Bosh
Former NBA player Chris Bosh and his wife, Adrienne Williams, met each other at a charity event in New York City through mutual friends. Rather than starting a romantic relationship immediately, they decided to become friends first, texting and calling each other regularly after the event.
After months of building a friendship, they officially became a couple. As the girlfriend of a professional basketball player, Adrienne frequently cheered Chris on from the courtside during his games. In 2011, they had a luxurious wedding at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, with the bride wearing a stunning dress designed by the iconic Oscar de la Renta.
Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
Michael Jordan considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time, met his second wife, Yvette Prieto, in 2007 when she was dancing at a club. The couple started dating that same year, moved in together in 2009, got engaged in 2011, and six years after they first met, they tied the knot at Florida’s oldest church. In 2014, they welcomed twin daughters.
Jordan was previously married to Juanita Vanoy, who had been with him for a significant part of his career, and together they had three children. However, after thirteen years of marriage, they filed for divorce in 2002. Jordan’s current wife, Prieto, is a Cuban model who was working as a dancer at a nightclub when they met.
Grant Hill and Tamia Hill
Tamia Hill is a multitalented Canadian artist who has established a successful career as a singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She is also famously known for being married to Grant Hill, a professional basketball player. Tamia began her music journey in the mid-1990s, and to date, she has released seven albums, including Love Life and Passion Like Fire. Her music industry connections allowed her to meet Grant Hill, whom she was introduced to by a mutual friend in 1996. After dating for three years, the couple got married in a private ceremony in Michigan in 1999. They have two daughters together, with their first daughter born in 2002, shortly after they relocated to Orlando, where Grant signed with the Orlando Magic.
In addition to her successful music career, Tamia has also ventured into acting and has appeared in various movies and TV shows. On the other hand, Grant Hill had a thriving basketball career playing for several teams, including the Detroit Pistons, the Orlando Magic, the Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite his successful career, he has been open about his struggles with injuries throughout his career, which eventually led to his retirement in 2013. The couple is known for their commitment to each other and their family, as well as their philanthropic efforts, with both of them actively supporting various charitable organizations.
Stephon Marbury and LaTasha Marbury
Stephon Marbury, a former NBA player, is a rare example of a professional basketball player who remained loyal to his wife throughout his 22-year career. He met LaTasha Marbury in the late nineties, and the two got married in 2002. It can be challenging to maintain a marriage while being a professional basketball player, with the busy schedule and frequent relocations between teams. However, some couples, such as the Marburys, manage to overcome all obstacles and stand the test of time.
LaTasha is an American television personality best known for her appearances on VH1’s reality shows, including Basketball Wives. The couple has two children together, and LaTasha is also the stepmother of Stephon’s son from a previous relationship. Since retiring from basketball, LaTasha has been supporting Stephon as he explores new ventures, such as fashion, video games, and films.
Magic Johnson and Cookie Johnson
Basketball icon Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie have been together since 1977, making them the longest-lasting couple on our list and likely the longest-lasting couple in the NBA. During his college years, Magic was a campus celebrity, with every guy wanting to be him and every girl wanting to date him. Despite this, Cookie never thought she had a chance with him.
However, she was proven wrong! The college sweethearts dated for over a decade before finally getting married in 1991. As with any couple, their relationship has had its ups and downs, but their love has ultimately endured. They welcomed their son in 1992 and later adopted a daughter four years later.
Derek Fisher and Gloria Govan
Derek Fisher, a former NBA star turned basketball coach, is engaged to Gloria Govan. The couple planned to marry this spring. Unfortunately, they had to postpone due to unforeseen circumstances.
They have been together since 2015, and their relationship was rumored to be the cause of a physical altercation between Fisher and fellow NBA star Matt Barnes, who had previously dated Govan. After waiting for five years, Fisher and Govan were eagerly anticipating their wedding day, but they now have to wait a little longer until they can finally exchange their vows.
Tony Parker and Axelle Francine
Former San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker was previously married to actress Eva Longoria between 2005 and 2010, a high-profile relationship that garnered widespread media attention. However, the couple eventually split due to rumors of Parker’s infidelity.
Afterward, Parker began dating Axelle Francine, a French journalist, in 2011. The wedding took place three years later, and they now have two sons together. Parker, having experienced the downsides of public scrutiny during his first marriage, has opted to keep his relationship with Francine out of the limelight.
Eric Bledsoe and Morgan Poole
Eric Bledsoe, the point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Morgan Poole. The couple had been dating for nearly a decade, getting married in 2017. Throughout Bledsoe’s basketball career, Morgan has always been by his side, supporting him through every major milestone, including his high-profile transfer from the Phoenix Suns.
Although Morgan doesn’t share Eric’s passion for basketball, she is his biggest cheerleader. Her career, on the other hand, is quite different from her husband’s, as she works as a hairstylist. They have three children: two sons named Ethan and Emory and a daughter named Eriauna.
J. J. Redick and Chelsea Kilgore
J.J. Redick, former NBA star and current ESPN sports analyst, has been married to Chelsea Kilgore since 2010. They dated for several years. Redick and Kilgore share a mutual love for sports and fitness. While Redick is a basketball star, Chelsea works as a Pilates instructor.
In addition to their shared interests, the couple also co-runs Redick’s foundation. The foundation helps young teens and children find their path in life. Recently, Redick retired from his basketball career to focus on his family and his role as a father. However, sports and fitness remain important parts of his personality and lifestyle.
Shaquille O’Neal and Annie Ilonzeh
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s love life has been the subject of great interest to the public, as it seems to be a lot more complicated than one would expect. In 2002, the basketball star married his first wife, Shaunie Nelson, and it seemed like they had found the love of their lives, as the couple had four children together and were happily married for a while. However, in 2007, the relationship hit a major obstacle when Shaq filed for divorce, but it never went through, and his wife confirmed they were still together. Unfortunately, his wife filed for divorce two years later, in 2009.
Since then, Shaq has been involved with reality star Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander, followed by a four-year relationship with model Laticia Rolle, which ended in 2018. Today, according to reports, the basketball player is in a new relationship with actress Annie Ilonzeh. We wish them the best of luck!
Isaiah Thomas and Kayla Wallace
Isaiah Thomas, a two-time NBA All-Star, has been acquainted with his wife Kayla Wallace since high school, although it is unclear whether they were high school sweethearts. The couple had a long-standing relationship before tying the knot in 2016 in a glamorous wedding ceremony. Kayla is a graduate of Central Washington University and currently works as a teacher, which is closely tied to her love for children, as she often expresses on her Instagram account, where she posts photos of their two children. Although Isaiah has another son from a previous relationship, Kayla considers him her own, and both boys served as the best men at the couple’s wedding.
Kayla and Isaiah often post about their children, who are the All-Stars of their lives, on social media. The couple’s son and their two boys are often the subjects of their posts, showcasing the family’s strong bond.
Klay Thompson and Laura Harrier
Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors player, kept his life away from the spotlight. Thompson previously dated Instagram model Carleen Henry, but their relationship ended reportedly due to his desire for privacy. Currently, Thompson is dating actress Laura Harrier, and their relationship seems to be going well, at least based on their social media presence.
Harrier is a determined woman who pursued acting at the age of eighteen when she moved to New York City. Although she began as a model, Harrier quickly transitioned into acting and landed a big role in the reboot of the soap opera One Life to Live in 2013. She later starred in the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Kevin Love and Kate Bock
Kate Bock, the partner of Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love, is a successful Canadian model. Bock’s achievements in her profession are noteworthy. She appeared in top magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Maxim, and Elle. She gained recognition after being on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a swimsuit model.
The couple met when they were filming a commercial. Kevin is based in Ohio because of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Kate’s modeling career requires her to travel frequently. In an interview, Kate shared that despite the distance, they make sure to spend time together whenever they can. The couple seems to make it work, and according to Kate, their remote relationship makes it even more exciting for them.
Marc Gasol and Cristina Blesa
There is not much information available about Cristina Blesa, the girlfriend of NBA star Marc Gasol. The couple got married in 2013 in a secret ceremony on a Spanish island, where they prohibited the presence of media or paparazzi. The couple tries to keep their personal lives as private as possible, but Gasol did post a photo of their baby girl, Julia Gasol Blesa, where only their feet are visible, showing their efforts to maintain their privacy.
However, supporting her husband’s career means that Cristina can’t always stay away from the spotlight. She brought their daughter to one of Marc’s basketball games, but the baby fell asleep quickly. This was still an important moment for the Toronto Raptors player, as he got to share his career with his family. It remains to be seen if the couple will have more children to carry on Gasol’s legacy.
Chris Paul and Jada Crawley
Chris Paul, the Oklahoma City Thunder star, and his wife, Jada Crawley, have been together for almost two decades. They first met in 2003 during their college years at Wake Forest University. After eight years of dating, they tied the knot in 2011 and now have two children together.
The couple shares a passion for philanthropy, as seen in the creation of the Chris Paul Family Foundation. The organization aims to improve communities by providing sports and educational programs to families. Jada leads the foundation and organizes charity events, including the Prom Dress Giveaway, to give back to their community.
Tim Duncan and Vanessa Macias
Tim Duncan, former Spurs star, and his girlfriend Vanessa Macias have been together for a long time, but they are not yet married. However, in 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, a son whom they named Quill after a Marvel character, interplanetary policeman Peter Quill. Although the reason for naming their son after a Marvel character remains a mystery, it is likely that the couple are avid fans of the franchise.
Vanessa is a TV personality with a wide range of interests. She is best known for her participation in various reality shows, including The Amazing Race in 2011 and the travel show Show Me Texas.
Nik Stauskas and Alexandra Brynn
Nik Stauskas, the shooting guard, met his fiancée Alexandra Brynn in 2017 and knew within a year that she was the one for him. The couple got engaged and celebrated by sharing photos of the happy moment on social media. Unlike many celebrity couples, Nik and Alexandra are happy to share their love with the world and constantly post cute photos of each other on Instagram.
Alexandra started law school at the University of Delaware but transferred to the University of Oregon after the engagement to follow Nik’s new position. While the engagement took place almost two years ago, the couple doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to tie the knot. Perhaps Alexandra’s busy schedule with law school and Nik’s commitment to the court are the reasons for their delay.
RJ Barrett and Hailey Brown
RJ Barrett, the star of the New York Knicks, has a family background rooted in athleticism. His father was a professional basketball player. Meanwhile, his mother was a nationally ranked sprinter. Barrett’s girlfriend, Hailey Brown, follows the same path, being a professional athlete herself.
Hailey is a basketball player, like RJ, and currently, she plays for the University of Michigan. Not just any player, she is the star of her college team, having played in all games of the last season. Her ultimate goal is to make it to the WNBA.
J.J. Barea and Viviana Ortiz
Dallas Mavericks star JJ Barea is married to Puerto Rican actress Viviana Ortiz, who was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico in 2011. Although the details of their first meeting are unknown, Barea and Ortiz have been together since 2013. In 2016, after welcoming their first daughter into the world, the couple tied the knot in a grand ceremony in Puerto Rico.
After winning the title of Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011, Ortiz went on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, where she reached the top 16. Standing tall at 1.77 meters (5.95 feet), Ortiz’s height has been an asset in the modeling industry, and it likely makes her relationship with the NBA star even more convenient.
Draymond Green and Hazel Renee
Draymond Green, the three-time NBA champion of the Golden State Warriors, recently got engaged to Hazel Renee, known for her appearance on the popular reality show Basketball Wives, where she was previously in a relationship with Washington Wizard John Wall. Reports indicate that Green proposed, and the two are now happily engaged. Aside from being a reality star, Renee is also an aspiring actress. She landed a role in the popular musical drama Empire, which is her most notable role to date.
The couple doesn’t shy away from showing their love on social media, sharing glimpses of their glamorous engagement and Hazel’s stunning $300,000 engagement ring. Unlike other celebrity couples who try to keep their relationships private, Draymond and Hazel are very open about their love for each other, giving fans a peek into their romance. In the world of sports and entertainment, love stories like Draymond and Hazel’s continue to capture the hearts of fans. Their open display of affection and commitment to one another provide inspiration for many who hope to find their own “happily ever after.”
Luka Doncic and Anamaria Goltes
Luka Doncic, the Slovenian basketball superstar in the NBA, is in a relationship with fellow Slovenian Anamaria Goltes, a model. The couple has known each other since childhood, but they only began dating in 2016 after Luka finally mustered the courage to ask her out. Being in a relationship with a busy international model while being an NBA star can be challenging, and rumors have circulated that the couple briefly broke up in 2018 due to the pressure they were under. However, they reportedly reconciled a few months later.
Like many celebrity couples, there are rumors that Luka and Anamaria may take their relationship to the next level and get engaged. As of now, they have not confirmed any engagement plans, but their relationship seems to be going strong, and they frequently share photos of each other on social media. With Luka’s impressive skills on the court and Anamaria’s success as a model, they make an enviable power couple, and fans are excited to see what the future holds for them.
Joe Ingles and Renae Ingles
Joe Ingles, the Utah Jazz NBA star, and Renae Ingles, the Australian netballer, are a power couple that defies distance. It’s unclear when and where the couple first met, but they have overcome many challenges in their long-distance relationship. Joe started playing basketball for his high school team in Adelaide, Australia and has since played professionally in Israel, Spain, and the United States. Meanwhile, Renae has been playing for Australia’s national netball team, demonstrating her loyalty to her team and country.
Joe and Renae’s love prevailed over distance, and in 2014, Joe surprised Renae by proposing. The couple then tied the knot in 2015 in Adelaide, and in 2016, they welcomed twins, a boy and a girl. Last year, Joe shared with his team manager and the world that their son, Jacob, is on the autism spectrum. Joe and Renae’s journey has been a testament to their love and commitment to each other, and their openness and honesty about the challenges they have faced have inspired many.
Trae Young and Shelby Miller
Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks’ star player, met his girlfriend Shelby Miller at the University of Oklahoma, where she was a cheerleader for the Sooners, and he played basketball. Their love story may be a classic one of the athlete and the cheerleader, but it’s a sweet tale nonetheless.
Since their college days, Young has risen to great heights in the NBA, but the two maintained their relationship despite his busy schedule. While they aren’t as public about their relationship as some other celebrity couples, they do share pictures of each other on social media, letting the world know that their love is stronger than ever.
Al Horford and Amelia Vega
Philadelphia 76ers star Al Horford is married to Amelia Vega, who won the title of Miss Universe in 2003. Vega is a multi-talented individual hailing from the Dominican Republic, excelling in various fields such as acting, writing, singing, and modeling. Her Miss Universe win made her the first Dominican Republic national to achieve the title, bringing great honor to her country.
The NBA star and the model make an ideal couple, with perhaps their height being a contributing factor. Vega, standing tall at 1.88 meters (6.2 feet), holds the record for being the tallest Miss Universe winner. However, Vega could have been a basketball player herself in another lifetime! The couple tied the knot in 2011, and it’s fascinating to ponder how tall they might become as they grow up.
Landry Fields and Elaine Alden Fields
Shooting guard Landry Fields met his wife, Elaine Alden Fields, while he was playing for the New York Knicks. Elaine, a model, was working in the city during that time, and their meeting was like something out of a movie. They locked eyes at a crowded concert in New York, and the rest is history.
Fields and Elaine’s love story continued to be sweet and romantic when the basketball player proposed in a photo booth in New York – the same city where they first met. The couple had a habit of taking photos in photo booths while they traveled, and Fields popped the question in one of these booths. It may sound a little cheesy, but their love story proves that a little romance goes a long way, even for professional athletes and models.
Fred VanVleet and Shontai Neal
Fred VanVleet, the point guard for the Toronto Raptors, has been dating his high school sweetheart Shontai Neal for many years. The couple started dating during high school, and both went on to attend Wichita State University, where VanVleet played basketball and majored in Sociology. Although they have been together for a long time, the couple has not yet taken the next step in their relationship and tied the knot.
In March of 2022, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter. VanVleet is not shy about sharing his love for his daughter, often posting photos of her on social media and discussing her in interviews. He is an example of how it is possible to balance a successful basketball career with a fulfilling family life.
Gordon Hayward and Robyn Hayward
Boston Celtics player Gordon Hayward met his wife, Robyn Van Vilet, in 2016, soon after ending his five-year relationship. Their meeting may have been destiny since Robyn turned out to be his true love. Soon after they started dating, Hayward proposed and was thrilled when she agreed to marry him.
When they met, Hayward was playing for the Utah Jazz, but many changes have happened for the couple since then. They have since married and started a family, now residing in Massachusetts with their two children. Despite the tendency of fans to sometimes dislike the partners of their favorite athletes, it seems impossible to hate Robyn Hayward. Even when fans expressed negativity towards her husband’s transfer to the Boston Celtics, she responded with the utmost politeness on social media.
Kemba Walker and Ashtyn Montgomery
Ashtyn Montgomery is not only the girlfriend of Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker but also an accomplished athlete in her own right. She was a highly praised track athlete in the past, and although she has stopped competing, she remains a talented figure in the field. She then pursued her passion for sports by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Studies and Broadcast Journalism at Florida State University. The famous WAG earned a Master’s degree in Sports Management and worked for the Atlanta Braves.
Despite her impressive sports credentials, Montgomery has decided to switch career paths and is now a student of Aesthetics at the Academy of Nails and Aesthetics. Neither Kemba nor Ashtyn publicly displays their relationship on social media, and they have not officially confirmed it. However, fans are already commending the basketball star for his relationship with her.
Demarcus Cousins and Morgan Lang
Los Angeles Lakers’ Demarcus Cousins is a private person, and he does not like his personal life being discussed in public. There have been several incidents where Cousins attacked reporters for mentioning the names of his relatives. However, despite trying to keep their relationship secret, we do have some details about his wife, Morgan Lang.
Although Lang is much shorter than her husband, she and Cousins have a lot in common. Both are natives of Alabama and value their privacy. Lang is a business owner and owns a fashion boutique in her hometown, and she does not use her husband’s fame and connections to advance her business. They have been married for three years now, and they seem to be going strong.
Derrick Rose and Alaina Anderson
Derrick Rose and Alaina Anderson became a couple in 2016, and two years later, they secretly tied the knot. They are now happily married and have a daughter together. Anderson has taken on a motherly role to Rose’s son from a previous relationship, and they are raising their children together as a family.
As a model and Instagram influencer, Anderson has amassed a large following on social media. She regularly shares photos and stories of her glamorous lifestyle, providing her followers with a glimpse into her world. Additionally, Anderson runs a website called Alaina Taught You, where she shares lifestyle advice, including healthy recipes and other tips to help her followers lead a better life.