Relationship...or just “relations”? To some, “NBA” could stand for “National ‘Bimbo’ Association”, as NBA players dating hot celebrities goes together like peanut butter and jelly or like Trump and Twitter. However, not every hoopster has the same discriminating tastes; some prefer their celeb connections to be on the wild side--and in some cases, the even wilder side!
Fairly liberal standards were utilized in compiling this list, but it does not include rumored relationships in which the athlete is documented as having denied being with the woman in question. For example, the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson vehemently refuting claims he hooked up with “booty-ful” L.A. Rams cheerleader and Instagram model Cherise Sandra, as noted by TMZ.
These are the athletes who gravitate towards the sexiest model/celeb/Internet famous person they could find as another sign of their success. It's an unspoken axiom that goes something like this: “I’m a pro athlete, therefore I should be dating the most desirable women on Earth.”
And in a few instances, the opposite may have been the case--high profile celebrity women who seek “trophy athletes” to notch on their lipstick case, Indeed, GQ reported that NBA players could be considered as the “Victoria's Secret” model for famous females and thus these women make themselves available to the athlete who are seeking the glitz that comes with dating a woman of notoriety.
Admittedly, in the interest of striving to be as topical as possible, this list skews towards more recent players, but it also includes a couple of classic entries for balance and perspective. So kick back, read on, and get set for one crazy story after another counting down this list of the 15 NBA players who’ve gotten as down and dirty as any of their peers when it comes to celebrity hookups, long-term relationships, and in some cases marriages that challenged the very boundaries of the institution.
15 KEVIN DURANT
14 DEANDRE JORDAN
13 KYRIE IRVING
12 QUENTIN RICHARDSON
11 AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE
10 KRIS HUMPHRIES
Humphries’ celeb marriage to Kim Kardashian qualifies for inclusion here, because pretty much anything Kim Kardashian has done or will do is fair game for any list such as this one--and Kim and Kris' union didn't exactly strengthen the sanctity of marriage in 2011. And, let's face it, without his 72-day nuptials to Kim K, it’s doubtful anyone but the most obscure-minded NBA geek would even be aware of the journeyman Humphries, who has averaged but 6.7 points-per-game in 13 NBA seasons. It seems he'll never be able to escape the label of Kim's former husband.
9 MARKO JARIC
8 DEVIN HARRIS
7 RICK FOX
Fox is a player who pretty much had it all--superior basketball sills and movie-star good looks. Additionally, the small forward, whose full name is Ulrich Alexander Fox, got to play with both the famed Bird-McHale-Parrish trio of the Boston Celtics at the start of his career, and then for the Los Angeles Lakers during their Shaq-Kobe dynasty of the early 2000’s. Needless to say, Fox had his “pick of the litter” on the dating scene, eventually marrying model-actress Vanessa Williams. However, their 2004 break-up was deemed the “wackiest Hollywood divorce ever” by the National Enquirer, as they went on family vacations together, even while he was openly cheating, with the marriage falling apart.
6 CHANDLER PARSONS
5 LAMAR ODOM
4 GLEN RICE
3 NICK YOUNG
When it was first reported Los Angeles shooting guard Nick Young was dating “hip-pop” superstar Iggy Azalea, this coupling felt more like a case of the hoopster wanting to up his own "Q" rating by dating an upper-echelon celeb--instead of the other way around. Though the Lakers are no longer are lords of L.A., playing for the “purple and gold” still holds considerable cache, and it landed Young the blonde queen of booty, Azalea. However, even Ms. Azalea’s considerable “talents” didn’t seem to be enough for Young’s appetites as People reported that Iggy dumped Nick for cheating on her with “entrepreneur” Keonna Green in 2016.
2 TRISTAN THOMPSON
The second entry on our list from the champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson has recently been making the tabloids more than the sports pages--despite his achievements, such as setting the franchise’s consecutive-games-played streak at 362 in March 2016. Apparently Khloe Kardashian doesn't find him as reliable on the court, as it was reported on March 9 by The Hollywood Gossip that the blonde Kardashian is so worried that Thompson has resumed sleeping with ex-girlfriend and Instagram model Jordy Craig, she’s enlisted “spies” to watch Thompson’s every move.
1 DENNIS RODMAN
Rodman is in basketball’s Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2011 and is now a Hall of Famer on this list ascending to the top by virtue of his wild fling with superstar Madonna. Yes, long before Madonna adopted a British accent and became classy, she wrote a book called Sex in 1992 and got all kinky and nude. That’s why she was a perfect match with “Worm” during the pierced-and-tatted '90s. After a romp with actress Vivica A. Fox--including being her date at the 1997 Academy Awards--Rodman went on to marry the gorgeous Carmen Electra in 1998--until the marriage blew up after a year. Lately, the biggest celeb Rodman has had a lovefest with is the "trashiest" of all--North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un, as the Worm infamously hung out with the militaristic despot in 2013.
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