Professional athletes have been known to be unfaithful to their wives and girlfriends, but the alleged cheating among NBA players appear to be more prevalent than in any other pro sports league in North America for some odd reason. Maybe it's because the NBAers are often on the road. Maybe it's because the NBAers think they can get away with anything. Whatever the reasoning of the NBAers may be, getting married requires a constant commitment to the other person.
Just like other types of men, there are some good guys who have apparently learned how to love their WAGs in more ways than one as they've been an item throughout the ups and downs and even after the male counterpart retired from the NBA and hung up his sneakers.
In this list, we'll take a look at both attitudes that NBA players have towards their romantic relationships. We're pretty sure that you'll recognize some of these names, but if you don't remember all or most of them, that's fine by us because we all start somewhere in each and every sport. You may be surprised by some of these players and that's okay because there are some males who look perfect on the outside and vice versa, but they aren't who they present themselves to be.
Here are 10 NBA players who stayed in the same relationship their entire career (and 10 who couldn't hold one).
20 Same Relationship: Shawn Bradley
Shawn Bradley is a former American-German center who was born in Landstuhl, West Germany, and raised in Castle Dale, Utah. With a listed height of 7-foot-6, he was one of the tallest players in NBA history. Not only that, he entered the 1993 NBA Draft as one of the most intriguing and highly debated prospects in the history of the draft itself.
So yeah, the Philadelphia 76ers snagged Bradley up with the second overall pick in the first round that year. He excelled at blocking shots, but struggled when it came to scoring and rebounding. The inconsistency continued to affect him over the course of his career, but he remained in the league until 2005.
After his retirement, Bradley got involved with the West Ridge Academy, a co-educational private school for at-risk children located in West Ridge, Utah.
Despite the drastic career change, since retiring he's still with the same wife Annette Everson he married the same year he was drafted 2nd overall.
The couple had six children together. They may not be one of the hottest couples ever, but perhaps that's a reason why he chose her and she chose him. They seem like they're good people to socialize with in a crowded room.
19 Couldn't Hold One: Shaquille O'Neal
Standing at 7-foot-1 and weighing 325 lbs, Shaquille O'Neal was one of the heaviest players in NBA history, but that didn't stop him from from having extramarital affairs.
Don't get us wrong, Shaq was one of the best players in NBA history. His individual and team accomplishments speak for themselves, but his personal life wasn't so hot. Sure, he married Shaunie Nelson (executive producer of Basketball Wives, Basketball Wives LA and Baller Wives), but that marriage fell apart, despite the fact the couple had four kids together.
In his memoir Shaq Uncut: My Story, Shaq broke down how he had trouble being a good husband, who filed for divorce after seven years of marital bliss amid some controversy along the way.
Shaq wrote in Shaq Uncut: My Story: "You know as well as I do relationships are about maintaining... It wasn't the big stuff, it was the small stuff, and that's my fault...I had things to do. I was trying to win, trying to make some money. I admit I wasn't the best partner. I just didn't know how. I'm learning now."
At least Shaq was able to be honest in his assessment as a husband. Now, Shaq seems to be a lot more settled than he was during his career.
18 Same Relationship: Stephon Marbury
Former point guard Stephon Marbury may be a bust, but at least his pro career ended with a flourish as the 41-year-old won three championships with the Beijing Ducks of the CBA in 2012, 2014 and 2015. His initial NBA career took off on a positive note, but his verbal spats caused his personality to tumble, which decreased his popularity as a player.
Marbury announced in 2009 that he was going to take a year off from basketball to focus on his business endeavors, but then decided to sign with the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons of the CBA the following year. Jet lag affected his performance in his first game in Taiyuan, Shanxi, China, but he managed to make the most out of his foreign opportunity.
In 2016, Marbury starred alongside K-pop star Jessica Jung in a biopic called My Other Home, which focused on his unlikely journey from NBA bust to Chinese basketball hero. In 2017, Marbury reached an agreement to become the owner of the Beijing Lions of the CAFL.
Throughout his world travels, the 41-year-old is still married to the same wife LaTasha Marbury that he married in 2002. The couple have two children together.
Now, Marbury is set to begin his career after basketball, which will undoubtedly mean more quality time between husband and wife.
17 Couldn't Hold One: Lamar Odom
This one should be obvious. Former forward Lamar Odom was indeed a troubled man who should be extremely fortunate that he's still alive following his near fatal episode in Crystal, Nevada.
Odom, however, has had many demons his personal life. The 38-year-old had three children with his high school sweetheart Liza Morales before leaving her for reality television star Khloe Kardashian, whom he married after just one month of dating. Kardashian stayed by Odom's side when he was hospitalized for the episode in Nevada, but later divorced him as she was unable to put up with his habits during their marriage.
In an interview with Howard Stern, Kardashian recalled: "Lamar was so great at making me feel like I was the only one and I was this princes."
Since their split, Odom has been seen dating other people, while Khloe of course has moved on to date and have a child with Tristan Thompson. For some reason, Khloe felt compelled to tell Lamar she was pregnant prior to formally announcing it:
A source told the Sun Online: "Khloe wanted Lamar to know before she announced the pregnancy, so she had Kris contact Lamar to tell him.
“Obviously there's a lot of history there and Khloe would have been worried about his reaction, so Kris thought it best she break the news."
16 Same Relationship: Kobe Bryant
Former shooting guard Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Unlike most NBA players, he declared for the 1996 NBA Draft fresh out of high school. He went on to be drafted 13th overall by—you guessed it—the Lakers, where he won five NBA championships in Los Angeles, California. He was also an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team.
Aside from his on the court achievements, Bryant was known for his off the court controversies. First off, he met his future wife Vanessa Laine when he was 21 and she was 17. Laine finished high school to avoid media scrutiny before the couple's wedding, which didn't involve a prenuptial agreement because they reportedly loved each other too much to sign one. The couple have three children together.
At one point though, Laine filed for divorce and cited irreconcilable differences.
Not only that, but there was of course the incident in the Colorado hotel back in 2003. Laine, however, called off the couple's divorce two years later.
Laine wrote on her Instagram account: "We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together."
15 Couldn't Hold One: Shawn Kemp
When you hear about all-time NBA players who never reached their full potential, the name Shawn Kemp is bound to come up time and time again.
Kemp is a former power forward who was drafted 17th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder) in the 1989 NBA Draft. Kemp became the youngest NBA player at the time, but his high school talent didn't translate over to the NBA. After that, Kemp bounced from team to team before exiting the league. Kemp's attempts at NBA comebacks didn't work out, so he signed with the Premiata Montegranaro of the Italian League and played in three preseason games before returning to Houston, Texas, to check up on his home for weather-related damages from Hurricane Ike.
Kemp's unsteady NBA career sort of resembles his personal life. The 48-year-old fathered seven children with six different women.
As of 2018, Kemp's net worth is a reported $5 million. That's a ton of money, his basketball earnings far exceeded that during his career. Obviously having to pay child support was a factor, as were some failed business ventures in his post-NBA life. At leat Kemp has stayed loyal to Seattle, as he stays in the area and recently expressed hope that the city will get an NBA team again.
14 Same Relationship: Deron Williams
Deron Williams is a free agent point guard who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017. The former third overall pick by the Utah Jazz at the 2005 NBA Draft played college basketball at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2002 to 2005 prior to the beginning of his pro career.
Although Williams didn't have a top-tier career to brag about, he should be extremely fortunate that he's been married to the same wife Amy Young Williams since he tied the knot with her back in 2006.
The couple do have a son named D.J. who has autism, but they didn't let their son's developmental disorder cause a rift between them. In fact, D.J.'s autism only made them stronger. Every now and then, Amy brings D.J. with her to watch basketball games with his father, which helps their little man learn how to pay more attention to the specifics.
Williams told the NBPA: "He does the whole starting lineup, like he can recite the whole thing. That’s been the coolest part because before he never even had a clue who anybody was, never paid attention, never cared to pay attention. You would try to engage him, but it just wasn’t happening. But this year, he loves cheering for the games, cheering for the guys, so it’s been cool.”
13 Couldn't Hold One: Willie Anderson
Willie Anderson is the father of former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Lady Mocs player Alex Anderson and the older brother of former NBA player Shandon Anderson. The 52-year-old played college basketball at the University of Georgia from 1984 to 1988 and turned pro after being selected 10th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1988 NBA Draft.
Anderson spent seven years in the Alamo City before playing brief stints with the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Olympiacos, Miami Heat, AEK Athens and Maccabi Tel Aviv. He also won a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where he played alongside future NBA players Hersey Hawkins, Stacey Augmon, Dan Majerle, Mitch Richmond and Charles Smith, along with future Spurs teammate David Robinson.
Anderson's ability to stick with teams not named the Spurs was similar to his personal life since he fathered nine children with seven different baby mamas. However, Anderson has claimed that he's not an absent father. We certainly hope his words are true and we'll have to take him at his word. He still managed to have an 11-year pro career in the NBA, AEK and Israeli Premier League/EuroLeague before announcing his retirement.
12 Same Relationship: Tim Hardaway
In case you didn't know, Tim Hardaway was one of the three members of the oldschool Golden State Warriors trio Run TMC in the 1990s alongside Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. I was a 90s baby so I was too young to have watched the original recordings of Run TMC on live television, but I did watch their YouTube videos when I was older.
Anyway, Hardaway currently lives in Miami, Florida, and worked as a head coach for the Florida Pit Bulls of the ABA in 2006. Oh and he's still married to Yolanda Adkins Hardaway, the same woman he walked down the aisle with back in 1993. The couple has two children Tim Jr., who was drafted by the Knicks in 2013, and Nia, a 2012 graduate of Miami Palmetto High School.
Of course, Tim Jr. has a long way to go in order to surpass his father, but he reportedly has a gorgeous girlfriend Kylie Bossie. Yet, we don't know if the couple will last long enough to get engaged and tie the knot because he has asked her in the past if she has dated fellow NBA player Derek Fisher and she said "no." His insecurity might ruin the relationship if it hasn't already done so.
11 Couldn't Hold One: Larry Johnson
Former power forward Larry Johnson wore the No. 2 throughout his 10-year career in the NBA. The former first overall pick played for the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks and was best known for his strength on the court.
Johnson is now 49 years old, but that doesn't mean that he has necessarily gotten wiser over the years. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and claimed that he owed more than $120,000 in unpaid child support at that time. He was indeed a former NBA player, but the way that he acted in real life gave him a bad look. Oh well, that's the price that he was going to pay for his actions. Hopefully, he'll take care of his child support payments if he hasn't already because it's only going to cause him to sink deeper into a financial black hole that's going to take a while to get out of and be set free.
Things must be going tough for him, as in 2017, it was revealed Johnson was unable to pay a $2,700 dentist bill, as reported by the New York Post.
His attorney David Jaroslawicz spoke out on the matter, suggesting fans help him out.
“I’m sure the fans, if they knew he was broke, would probably take up a collection,” Jaroslawicz said.
10 Same Relationship: Landry Fields
Landry Fields is far from a household name, but we'll talk about him in an in-depth manner anyways.
Fields is a former small forward and shooting guard who played five seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors. Previously, he played college basketball at Stanford University before being selected 39th overall in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. He has been working as a college scout for the San Antonio Spurs since September 2016.
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Fields has been in the same relationship with his girlfriend Elaine Alden, who is now the wife and mother of his two sons. The couple met at an electronic dance music concert in the city that never sleeps and Landry spotted Alden in crowd and was blown away by her beauty. He gradually fell in love and got engaged to the model in New York City. One of their sons was born when he was still in the NBA and the other was born after he left the NBA.
Fields didn't have much of a memorable career, but he certainly won the relationship lottery as he found the love of his life and kept her around.
9 Couldn't Hold One: Scott Skiles
Scott Skiles may look like a working professional, but he's not quite there yet. You see, he most recently served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 2015 to 2016 after coaching four other basketball teams following his 11-year basketball career with six different teams. He played college basketball at Michigan State University from 1982 to 1986.
His constant switching of teams wasn't the crazy part that we're going to talk about here. The crazy part was that he was able to father at least six children with an unknown number of women. Now, you're probably thinking: "Scott Skiles?" but he has never touched on his off-court habits. But to each their own and perhaps he might've wanted to see more action when he wasn't playing basketball.
Skiles surprised many when he abruptly stepped down from coaching the Magic back in 2016: "After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team," Skiles said in a statement. "Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic. I realize this type of decision can cause much speculation.."
8 Same Relationship: Charles Barkley
As you should already know, Charles Barkley has made a name for himself in his post-retirement life as an analyst on Inside The NBA, but his personal life isn't as outrageous as some of the things he says on air. The former fifth overall pick retired from the NBA as the fourth player in NBA history to reach 20000 points, 10000 rebounds and 4000 assists.
Barkley has been married to his wife Maureen Blumhardt for nearly 30 years. Blumhardt originally wanted to become an actress, but some circumstances prevented her from doing so. Blumhardt ended up working as a model and a legal aid at the time when she reportedly met Barkley, who hit it off with her in an instant. They tied the knot in 1989 and welcomed their daughter Christina the same year. There have also been reports that they also have a son.
Barkley has been aware that lots of stars fell in love, tied the knot and got divorced, but he appeared to be determined to resolve any potential issues that came between him and his wife as they've stayed together without sparking any rumors of a divorce, which is a good thing because that means they're family-oriented folks not self-centered scoundrels.
7 Couldn't Hold One: Rick Fox
If you're looking for a man who has an extensive dating resume, look no further.
Former Canadian-Bahamian small forward Rick Fox definitely had his way with the ladies out there. The former 24th overall pick was a three-time NBA champion (2000-2002) who was named to the 1992 NBA All-Rookie Second Team just a year after he wrapped up his four-year college career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Anyway, Fox was married to Vanessa Williams, one of the biggest R&B singers of her era, but ultimately, their marriage didn't last.
The high-profile Hollywood divorce from Vanessa Williams obviously didn't slow him down because he started dating a lot of women ranging from actresses Sharon Stone to Kristin Davis.
He also dated actress Eliza Dushku for five years before calling it quits. As far as we know, he last dated television star AnnaLynne McCord, but who knows if that relationship is over or not? And even if it was over, he'd probably move onto the next one because rebounding after a relationship is the second thing that he appears to be good at. That's pretty impressive. Even well past his basketball career, the dating resume keeps piling up for Fox.
6 Same Relationship: Tony Allen
Tony Allen, whose real first name is Anthony, is a free agent shooting guard and small forward who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2017-18 NBA season. The Boston Celtics' former 25th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft previously played college basketball at Butler County CC, Wabash Valley and Oklahoma State and high school basketball at Crane High School in his native Chicago.
Allen became a 2008 NBA champion with the Celtics, which is an incredible part of his 14-year NBA career. But he's been out of work for the last couple of months or so due to a fractured left fibula. Though, we're pretty sure that his wife Desiree Rodriguez has been helping him cope with his setbacks while taking care of their two children because she reportedly dated him for many years before tying the knot with him in 2013.
Rodriguez may not be on the list of most popular NBA WAGs, but maybe her apparent humbleness is one of the reasons why Allen is still in love with her.
Sometimes, it's better to have a low-key relationship or marriage instead of a highly publicized union like, say, Kim Kardashian's short-lived marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries.
5 Couldn't Hold One: Calvin Murphy
At 5-foot-9, former guard Calvin Murphy is the shortest player to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and to play in an NBA All-Star Game (until then-Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas tied that record in 2016). Prior to basketball, he was a world-class baton twirler and claimed that he was bullied into it by his mother and six sisters, who were all baton twirlers. He won a national championship in baton twirling in the eighth grade.
Don't get us wrong, Murphy is arguably the best dressed man at any Houston Rockets game, but how in the world does the Root Sports TV broadcaster have 14 children by nine different women?
Aside from his escapades off the court, Murpshy was in fact a hall of fame worthy basketball player:
"I'm in the Hall of Fame because my whole career – from bitty basketball to the NBA – my teammates understood me and they understood my game. They had no problem letting me be me; letting me do me. ... I was very, very fortunate," Murphy told the Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon in 2016.
Obviously, Murphy will be on the Rockets' sidelines as long as they're in the postseason, hoping the franchise can win their first title in over 20 years
4 Same Relationship: Steve Kerr
Despite his constant geographical switches, Kerr married his college sweetheart Margot Kerr (nee Brennan), whom he met through a blind date while at the University of Arizona that was set up by his then-teammate Bruce Fraser.
The couple clearly hit it off and continued to keep their relationship going. They have three children, all of whom hit the courts at Cal.
According to the Cal Alumni Association website, Kerr said: “The balance between my family and work has always been of the utmost importance...because for me to do a good job with my work, I’ve got to be happy with my personal side. All of that came together.”
Well said, Mr. Kerr. You've not only achieved success, but also maintained a stable family life throughout the years.
3 Couldn't Hold One: Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman, also known as The Worm, is a former power forward who was best known for his days with the Chicago Bulls alongside fellow superstar teammates Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Rodman is arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history, but of course, we'll let you express your agreements or disagreements in the comments section. The 56 year old certainly had a career full of highs and lows, including the time when he wore a wedding dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be, which perfectly suited the straightforward title.
On the personal side of things, Rodman had no trouble meeting women. He had a daughter with his first wife, a woman named Annie Bakes. He then married model Carmen Electra, but that marriage lasted for less than six months. After that, he married a woman named Michelle Moyer and had two children with her prior to their messy split where he reportedly owed around $800,000 in child and spousal support payments. And, like some NBA players, he dated a lot of other women before or in between his marriages. He's far from a saint, but what do you expect from a guy as eccentric as Rodman?
2 Same Relationship: Dave Bing
Dave Bing is a retired Hall of Fame NBA player, former mayor of Detroit and a professional businessman. He was elected into the Naismith Hall of Fame and then named as one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of all-time. He played college basketball at Syracuse University from 1963 to 1966.
Bing had a rather calm measure of determination within him, so the folks that did know him weren't too surprised when he was elected the mayor of Detroit in 2009. He also had a steady demeanor as he became a married man just one year after finishing high school. He married his high school sweetheart Yvette Bing at the age of 19 and had two daughters with her by the time he graduated. He was in college to shoot hoops, but he also worked as a janitor to support his family. He was most definitely a family man who was in love with his wife and daughters. He's still married to Yvette up to this day, which is a story that you don't normally hear when it comes to NBA players and their WAGs, but it's true and you have to give him credit for sticking with his wife through the good times and the bad times because loyalty is sort of rare these days.
1 Couldn't Hold One: Kris Humphries
Now, you're probably wondering: "Kris Humphries. What on earth is he up to now?"
Well, Humphries last played for the Atlanta Hawks in 2017. He was obviously thrown into the spotlight when he dated, proposed and married Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim Kardashian. Frankly, the couple's marriage only lasted a mere 72 days following overhyped nuptials, but he reportedly knew that his marriage wouldn't last long and even admitted that sad fact to his ex-girlfriend Myla Sinanaj. Hopefully, she understood.
A source close to Sinajaj told DailyMail.com that Kris asked regarding Kany West: "If he was such a close family friend, why wasn't he invited to the wedding?"
Also, Kanye West's ex-girlfriend Amber Rose said some choice things to say about Kardashian. If you read the quote in full, she obviously doesn't hold back in her words.
But Sinajaj wasn't the only ex-girlfriend in Humphries' book. Humphries had another brunette bombshell ex-girlfriend Bianka Kamber, whom he reportedly told that she was "way better looking" than the woman he ended up marrying. As of right now, Humphries has reportedly been dating a Kardashian lookalike that he accompanied to the 2018 Coachella. Perhaps Humphries has a "type" of woman that he goes for.
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