The Real, Real Basketball Wives of The NBA

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December 19, 2011 ‐ By Rachel Louissaint

Reality TV shows will have you believe that being a basketball wife involves shopping, having lunch while being taped and fighting with females over he said, she said. The real story is that wives of basketball players are more than just the pretty face on the arm of successful athletes. They are strong, driven women who are the backbone of star players. You won’t find these woman throwing drinks at each other in a club, they are at home taking care of business especially considering that they really are wives and NOT exes, girlfriends and baby mamas that reality shows love to exploit.

 


Piper Billups, wife of Chauncey Billups

Piper, wife of Chauncey Billups, who plays for the LA Clippers, met Chauncey years ago in high school. They both attended George Washington High School back in Denver.  Piper isn’t just a wife, she is also a philanthropist who dedicates her time to different charities . She was even awarded a “Making A Difference” award for her devotion to the community.The Billups also have 3 beautiful daughters together.

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  • RandaE

    Really! Seems most of the women on the BBWs shows, are ex-wives, sides, or groupies. Even the ones who ARE married to an NBA player, have more than their fair share of infidelity, and… Mess! Fame can be an ugly dame!

  • Gabie Aldrich

    Jameer is such a class act! He’s one of my customers at work. He’s humble,nice & he gave me a autograph for my buddy’s(She’s a BIG fan) Christmas gift.

  • Jay Dub

    It’s not that most atheletes marry/date non-black women…it’s that the media focuses more on those that do.

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  • Ifuaskme2

    Forgive me, but what in the world took most of these men so long to pop the question. Does ‘long suffering’ have to be a criteria?

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    Great article on the good men of the USA. I like Mourning and Billips wife, they are both beautiful. Nelson wife reminds me of my own wife’s all natural hair.

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    Applause to Jameer for the natural hair sista…not that a few others don’t have naturally straight hair…and shout out to the fabulous Ms. TM…..a class act….

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  • Teflon Mom

    I notice most of these women met their men in high school or college…even if you were showing a lot of potential by that time I still think it would be easier to trust a woman who marries you before you sign a contract with the MBA/NFL/whoever.

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    Beautiful…no baby mamas…WIVES!

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    So Only Basketball players with Black wives are ” Real” Basketball wives???

    • Casandra

      I think the author emphasized “REAL” because they are not baby mamas nor exes. 

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    Paul Pierce and his wife were married in 2010…

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  • Kenfolks08

    Derrick Fisher’s fine wife didn’t make the cut?

  • Kasee

    Real basketball wives have careers and busy lives to attend to they don’t aspire to be ignorant, fighting, weave pulling side pieces.

  • currvalicious

    All of these marriages appear to be long & stable, see not all ballers are into other races, I think a few just happen to stand out or are promoted into the spotlight.  But for some reason I think black men will begin to revolve back to their own women, I think this is a fad, women of other races are becoming to easily accessible and that’s going to be the down fall.  Everyone wants what they can’t have, however everyone can have a latin, asian, indian and a white woman these days.  Only to realize when you get them, what’s the big deal.  Well absolutely nothing.

    • Casandra

      Actually, it’s non-black women chosing to go back to their men. 

  • Shlyfields

    ok what’s going on with jameer nelson wife legs, maybe its how the picture was taken. these couples look very grounded and stable.

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    Wow beautiful couples i have noticed something though….a lot of wives don’t even carry their husbands names..but me neither so thats cool :)

    • Gillz

      They do, I guess the author included the maiden names they could find

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    Wonderful article……humble beginnings, true everlasting love,…..RESPECT for their relationships as well as each other, shown in these photos of high profiled couples…..

  • KANIKA

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  • Rodriguez

    All of these women are black you never hear from them because they are not the loud stupid jump offs on the reality shows.

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  • Pam

    Great article.  It is good to see actual wives of NBA players and not that mess they call entertainment…Basketball Wives.

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      TV likes drama dear. They are low down like the clowns on their so called reality shows. They are attention cravers and ballers reject.

  • Isis Marceline

    I wonder why most ball players dont  marry sisters? I see Jameer Nelson married a sista. That was refershing to see.  Everyone elses wife looks the same.

    • Sad Truth

      What constitutes a ‘sista’??? I didn’t see one Caucasian , Asian or Espanic female in the bunch.

    • Grace

      I think you are commenting on the fact that many athletes/affluent men tend to pursue black women with a certain complexion and/or hair texture (fodder for a whole different post).  Nonetheless, all of these women are Black/of African descent….

    • Smokie

      If Chauncey Billups’ wife isn’t a “sister”, I don’t know who is…

      • derel

        Good LORD…I LOVED the chocolateness of Chauncey’s wife…tasty!

    • http://www.facebook.com/imani.finn Imani Finn

      Out of all of the wives, there was only one that looked like she may not be black. maybe. craziness. light skinned black people are ‘sistas’ too. In case you weren’t informed. -____-

    • Patricia

      Black ballers don’t marry sisters because they have the foolish mentality that all black women are gold diggers, loud, like to fight and argue, which is not true. You have women of other races that are gold diggers, have a foul mouth, fight, cuss and act a fool. For some reason they will deal with a white women or a woman of another race who is a gold digger, foul mouth, throws drinks, cuss and fight verses a black woman. They seem to think it is less stressful. But, I am glad to see REAL BASKETBALL WIVES. Not exes, ex-wives, baby mothers or jump offs.

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      what does this have to do with the article?

    • Jaydenise333

      Please go some where else with this mess KIM. It appears that all these couples are black on black.