Kobe and Vanessa Bryant
Family, friends, and fans continue to mourn the tragic and unexpected passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi Bryant. Although Kobe is no longer here, it’s impossible not to acknowledge the loving relationship he had with his wife, Vanessa Bryant. The couple were married for 19 years before his death in January of 2020.
They met when she was only 17 and he 20. Vanessa was still a senior in high school. Kobe asked for her number in 1999 and proposed to her in 2000—at her 18th birthday party. They wed in 2001 and remained happily together until his death, despite doubts. Kobe had a 20-season career with the Los Angeles Lakers, retiring in 2016 after winning five championships and four MVP awards. The couple had four beautiful daughters together—Natalia, Bianka, Gianna, and Capri. Kobe was proud to be a girl dad and loved the women in his life. They will always be one of the NBA’s most beloved couples.
Stephen and Ayesha Curry
Stephen Curry—known by fans as “Steph” Curry—was drafted in the NBA in 2009 by the Golden State Warriors. He’s spent his entire NBA career as a Warrior, continuing to impress fans with his hard work, talent, and ambition. While he’s beloved on the court, he’s also beloved off the court. He and his wife Ayesha Curry are a fan-favorite NBA couple with a dreamy love story.
Steph and Ayesha met as teenagers at a youth group event in North Carolina in 2003 and reconnected as adults in 2008. And they hit it off immediately. They were engaged by 2010 and married in 2011—in the church where they met just nine years before. They now have two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and one son, Canon. They’re the ultimate power couple.
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union
Former basketball player Dwyane Wade spent the majority of his successful NBA career with the Miami Heat. He was drafted in 2003 and announced his retirement in 2019. In the midst of his career, Wade met Gabrielle Union. After his problematic relationship with Siohvaghn Funches and their very public divorce, fans were happy to see Wade and Union’s debut.
They were engaged in 2013 and married in 2014 in Miami. Union became the stepmother to Wade’s three sons, Zaire, Zion, and Xavier, and mother to daughter Kaavia in 2018 through surrogacy. They also adopted Wade’s nephew, Dahveon. Although Wade is retired, Gabrielle continues to work as an actress, voice artist, activist, and author. And Dwyane and Gabrielle are known for their philanthropic endeavors.
LeBron and Savannah James
One of the sweetest NBA love stories is about LeBron and Savannah James. The high school sweethearts had their first date in 2002. By 2003, Lebron was the top pick in the NBA draft and began playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite his successful career, the couple stayed together. He’s now regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time! And he and Savannah are regarded as an NBA power couple.
Their enduring romance has lasted for almost two decades. LeBron proposed in 2011 and they married in 2013. It was a wedding to remember. Many NBA stars were in attendance and Beyonce and Jay-Z performed. They now have three children together—Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri. Lebron currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s a three-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Russell and Nina Earl Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is a Houston Rockets basketball player, nine-time NBA all-star, and 2016-2017 MVP titleholder. He’s had an impressive career with the NBA thus far and is considered to be one of the top NBA players of 2019-2020. When the elite athlete is not on the court, in the weight room, or at the gym, he’s with his wife Nina Earl Westbrook.
Russell and Nina are college sweethearts. Nina played for the UCLA women’s basketball team and Russell played for the UCLA men’s basketball team. In August of 2015, the couple married. They had their eldest son Noah in May of 2017, and twin daughters Jordan and Skye in November of 2018.
Al and Amelia Vega Horford
In 2019, Forbes named Al Horford one of the world’s highest paid athletes. The basketball star is worth an estimated $32 million—and he’s only 33 years old! He first signed with the Atlanta Hawks in 2007, then landed with the Boston Celtics in 2016. He recently signed with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2019-2020 season. In addition to talent, fame, and fortune, the NBA player also has love.
In 2011, he married former Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega—the tallest Miss Universe to date. She’s 6 foot 2 inches and he’s 6 foot 10 inches. They dated for two years before being wed. They’re now proud parents of three—one son and two daughters.
Magic and Cookie Johnson
Magic Johnson is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He played professional basketball from 1980 to 1996. He led the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships and earned them lots of awards and recognition. Until Lebron James, Magic Johnson was the player to watch. He retired in 1996, after revealing his HIV-positive diagnosis to fans.
His wife, Cookie, was by his side through it all. They married in 1991. Magic revealed his diagnosis to her just 45 days before their wedding. She has been a loving and supportive wife and an advocate for HIV awareness programs ever since. They have three children together—Andre, E.J., and Elisa.
Joakim Noah and Lais Ribeiro
Drafted in 2007, Joakim Noah has spent the majority of his adult life as a professional basketball player. Throughout his 14-year career, he’s played center for the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks, and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Although the decision to become an NBA player was easy, Noah said that proposing to his girlfriend Lais Ribeiro was “the easiest decision of his life.” Lais Ribeiro is a Victoria’s Secret Angel with a successful modeling career. The couple got engaged in August of 2019 at Burning Man, an annual cultural event where a temporary metropolis is created. This “city” is dedicated to art and community, and is Ribeiro’s favorite place in the world—making their engagement even more sentimental!
Kevin Love and Kate Bock
Kevin Love is a Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player and five-time all-star. He was first drafted in 2008 in the first round. Since 2008, his success has been and continues to be immense! The same can be said of his longtime girlfriend Kate Bock.
Kate is a Canadian model known for her appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. She’s beautiful and busy. Although they’re not married, they are exclusive! The couple has been dating since 2016. He lives in Cleveland and she resides in New York. They travel back and forth often to spend time with one another.
Isaiah Thomas and Kayla Wallace Thomas
NBA player Isaiah Thomas (not to be confused with former Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas—who he’s named after) was drafted in 2011. He’s played for the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Denver Nuggets. Despite the many teams he’s been a part of, Thomas is currently a free agent on the court—but not off the court.
In August of 2016, Isaiah Thomas married Kayla Wallace at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. The couple met in high school and dated for years before marrying. They now have two sweet sons, James and Jaiden.
Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor
In 2011, Iman Shumpert was drafted by the New York Knicks. The aspiring basketball player was finally beginning his dream career. He stayed with the Knick until 2015, when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He then went on to play for the Sacramento Kings and is now signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
He’s married to Teyana Taylor. She’s an R&B singer, dancer, model, and actress. They gave birth to their daughter Junie in 2015 and wed shortly thereafter. They support each other's artistic and athletic endeavors and seem to be genuinely happy. In 2016, Taylor revealed on the Wendy Williams Show that she had both a beautiful baby and wonderful husband.
Chris and Adrienne Bosh
Chris and Adrienne Bosh are one of the most popular NBA couples. The Miami Heat star married the talented model and actress in July of 2011. And the wedding was lavish! Adrienne wore an Oscar de la Renta gown and custom Christian Louboutin heels. Their guest list included Serena Willams, Gabrielle Union, Lebron James, and many other big names. It was reported that the wedding cost $300,000.
Although they love costly, romantic gestures, they also support a number of wonderful philanthropies. When they’re not at basketball games or charitable events, they are spending time with their four children—-Jackson, Dylan, Phoenix, and Lennox.
Grant and Tamia Hill
Unlike many NBA couples, both Grant and Tamia Hill are celebrities in their own right. Grant is a former NBA player and the co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Tamia is an actress, producer, and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. Although they’re both busy with their careers, they still make time for one another.
Their relationship is a relationship with longevity! Grant and Tamia celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2019. They met on a blind date in 1996 and married in 1999. They now have two daughters—Myla Grace, who was born in 2002, and Lael Rose, who was born in 2007.
Draymond Green and Hazel Renee
Draymond Green is a three-time NBA champion and three-time all-star that currently plays for the Golden State Warriors. He was drafted in 2012, right after finishing college. He’s been with the Warriors ever since. Not only is he a valuable player on the court, but he’s a motivating and vocal leader off the court.
As he settled into his NBA career, he fell in love with actress and TV personality Hazel Renee, who is best known for her appearances in Empire, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Basketball Wives. Draymond proposed to her in February of 2019 with a $300,000 ring. NBC Sports reported that they were planning their wedding around the 2020 Olympics because Draymond hopes to represent team USA.
Tony Parker and Axelle Francine
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker was drafted in the NBA in 2001—when he was only 19 years old. He played for almost two decades before retiring in 2019. He spent all but one season with the Spurs. During his lengthy basketball career, he met and married actress Eva Longoria, but they were divorced by 2011.
That same year, Parker met Axelle Francine, who was a French journalist. They immediately fell for one another. They were engaged by June of 2013 and married by August of 2014. They wed in San Antonio, where they were living at the time. They now have two sons together—Josh , who was born in April of 2014, and Liam, who was born in July of 2016.
Chris and Jada Paul
Chris and Jada Paul are one of the most underrated NBA couples. They met in 2003 at a Wake Forest University basketball game and hit it off immediately! Chris was a college basketball star. He broke records for assists, steals, three-pointers, and free throws while at Wake Forest. You could see why Jada would’ve fallen for him. He was drafted by the NBA in 2005 and has played for the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, and Houston Rockets. And he’s currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The couple began dating soon after their first encounter and Paul proposed in 2010—at the gymnasium where they first met. They married in 2011 and are still together today. They have two children—Christopher, who was born in 2009, and Camryn, who was born in 2012. Jada has been Chris’s biggest fan throughout his entire NBA career!
Andrei and Masha Lopatova Kirilenko
Retired Russian NBA star Andrei Kirilenko was drafted in 1999 by the Utah Jazz. He was only 18, making him the youngest foreign player at the time to be drafted in the NBA. He played for many teams during his career, but his longest stint was with Utah. He retired in 2015 and is remembered for his versatility on the court.
Andrei is married to Russian pop singer Masha “Marina” Lopatova, who goes by the stage name MaLo. She’s the daughter of Russian basketball player Andrey Lopatov, so it’s fitting she married an NBA player. In 2014, Masha opened a fashion firm called Fashion IQ in NYC. They have three sons and one daughter.
J.J. Barea and Viviana Ortiz
Professional basketball player J.J. Barea began his NBA career in 2006. He was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and stayed with them for five seasons. In 2011, he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but only played with them for three seasons. He resigned with the Dallas Mavericks in 2014, and has been with them ever since!
Around the time he made his return to Dallas, J.J. met Viviana Ortiz. She was crowned Miss Puerto Rico in 2011, and works as an actress and model. They began dating in 2013, gave birth to a daughter in March of 2016, and married in August of 2016. The wedding featured a lavish ceremony in Puerto Rico.
Bradley Beal and Kamiah Adams
After playing just one season of college basketball for the Florida Gators, Bradley Beal was drafted by the Washington Wizards. He was only 19 at the time and already on the path to success. It’s now 2020 and the two-time all-star’s career continues to flourish.
Beal’s love life has also flourished in recent years. In 2015, he met Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood actress Kamiah Adams. They had their first son together in 2018 and their second son in 2019—Bradley Jr. and Braylon. And in January of 2020, Beal proposed! The couple is happily engaged after four years of dating.
Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner
If you keep up with celebrities more than you keep up with sports, it’s likely you know Kendall Jenner rather than Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons is an NBA player that was drafted in 2016 by the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s a talented basketball player that’s making headlines—although not all headlines involve his career.
Simmons was heavily publicized in 2018 when he began dating model and media personality Kendall Jenner. The on-off couple originally started dating in spring of ‘18, split in summer of ‘18, got back together in fall of ‘18, and broke up in spring of ‘19. But they’re officially giving romance another chance in 2020. They were recently spotted together in NYC. They’re both young and busy with their careers, but there’s a connection there...