Monday, 24 September 2012

Basketball Wives and Girlfriends

Check out the lovely ladies behind basketball's biggest stars.

First Ladies of the NBA
Check out the lovely ladies you can find courtside during the NBA season, and even on reality TV gabbing about their athletic boyfriends and husbands -- past and present.

1. Khloe Kardashian Odom
No one thought Khloe Kardashian and Lakers star Lamar Odom would make it -- especially because they hustled down the aisle about two months after they started dating. But, the haters were wrong: They're still happily married, over two years later! Odom was transferred to Dallas in late 2011, so now we'll have to wait and see how they fare out of L.A.

2. Adriana Lima
Victoria's Secret supermodel Adriana Lima is married to Serbian basketball star Marko Jaric. He proposed in 2008, on her 27th birthday, and they got married on Valentine's Day 2009. Their daughter, Valentina, was born in November that year.

3. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have been dating since 2008, and they've gone through no shortage of drama in that time. The NBA star was going through a bitter divorce when he courted the actress, and his ex-wife ended up suing Union for allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with Wade in front of their children. The tension seems to have subsided and the couple is still going strong.

4. La La Vazquez
Former MTV host La La Vazquez has a long history with her hubby Carmelo Anthony. The two got engaged in 2004, welcomed a son in 2007, and finally tied the knot in 2010. Celebs like Justin Timberlake and Kim Kardashian attended the nuptials, which were filmed for a reality TV special!

5. Savannah Brinson
Savannah Brinson and LeBron James dated for 10 years and had two sons before finally getting engaged. The NBA star popped the question on New Year's Eve with a 7-carat sparkler. They say they're "soul mates."

6. Shaunie O'Neal
Shaunie O'Neal was married to NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal from 2002 to 2010. While going through the split from Shaq, she developed the reality TV show Basketball Wives. She currently serves as executive producer of the hit VH-1 show and is in the process of developing her own shoe line.

7. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian was a basketball wife for a whole 72 days! The reality star tied the knot with Nets star Kris Humphries in August 2011 and filed for divorce just two months later. The brunette has a record of dating athletes, and everyone wants to know if she'll become a basketball girlfriend again when she re-enters the dating game.

8. Yvette Prieto
The Internet just about exploded when news broke that Michael Jordan had popped the question to girlfriend of three years Yvette Prieto. The brunette is a model who formerly dated Julio Iglesias Jr., Enrique's older brother! Don't expect her to join the cast of Basketball Wives now, though. She and MJ are very private about their life together.

9. Keyshia Cole
Singer Keyshia Cole turned down a proposal from rapper Young Jeezy in 2007, but she went on to marry NBA star Daniel Gibson four years later. She and Gibson began dating in 2009, got engaged on New Year's Day 2010, and welcomed their son that March. Their September 2011 wedding was filmed for their show Family First.

10. Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova needs no introduction. The bombshell tennis star is famous in her own right and is set to marry her Slovenian basketball star fiance Sasha Vujacic. They began dating in 2009 and got engaged in October 2010. The pro pair have yet to make it down the aisle.

11. Teyana Taylor
Teyana Taylor and Brandon Jennings were hot and heavy in late 2010 before splitting a few months later. The hot singer explained the breakup on her Twitter page, and it didn't sound pretty. Taylor has since been linked to Kanye West and Drake.

12. Evelyn Lozada
Evelyn Lozada is currently engaged to NFL star Chad Ochocinco, but she came to fame thanks to her relationship with NBAer Antoine Walker. Lozada and Walker started dating in 2007 and got engaged before calling it quits in 2009. Funny enough, the basketball star also filed for bankruptcy right about the time they split.

13. Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Williams was with NBA star Eric Williams for over 10 years before they broke up in February 2011, after three years of marriage. She's currently on Basketball Wives, an owner of a gym for women, and is in the process of getting into the cosmetics industry.

14. Vanessa Bryant
Vanessa Bryant famously stuck by her man Kobe through a nasty affair scandal and coinciding court case, but eventually pulled the plug on their marriage in December 2011. They were together over a decade and will reportedly split custody of their two daughters. The brunette also apparently got a hefty cut of her ex's estimated $150 million in the divorce.

15. Gloria Govan
Gloria Govan and Matt Barnes had twin boys in 2008 before breaking up in late 2011 after five years together. The split was not without lots of drama and allegations of affairs (she reportedly cheated with his "friend," while he was rumored to have had a fling with Eva Longoria). Both, however, agree that raising their boys is their first priority.

16. Suzie Ketcham
Suzie Ketcham isn't with her basketball beau either, but she's still on reality TV! She and Michael Olowokandi met while attending Pepperdine University and had two kids before breaking up.

17. Tami Roman
Outspoken Basketball Wives star Tami Roman divorced Kenny Anderson after six years of marriage when rumors of his infidelity surfaced. Fun Fact: Roman's reality TV days date way back. She was on the The Real World: Los Angeles years ago! 

18. Meeka Claxton
Finally, a married Basketball Wife! Meeka Claxton and NBA star Speedy Claxton are still together and have two daughters, Aniya and London.

19. Brandi Garnett
Kevin Garnett missed out on the 2004 Olympics to marry his longtime girlfriend Brandi Padilla. They've lasted through the years and welcomed daughter Capri in 2008.

20. Masha Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko's wife Masha is a celebrity in Russia, where she launched a singing and modeling career. Stateside, she's focused on giving back. She and her hubby started a charity for underprivileged children both locally and in Russia. They became US citizens in 2011.

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