David Blatt's wife Kinneret Blatt

David Blatt’s Wife Kinneret Blatt is a pretty interesting woman. She’s an Israeli native who met David there during his 33-year stint as the Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach. Israeli basketball is actually pretty decent. A lot of NBA’ers that would otherwise be put out to pasture seem to migrate there to continue their career, and the money’s not too bad either, from what I’ve seen.

So David Blatt and wife Kinneret have a total of four children, but their oldest is David. David is around 18 years old and plays for a team called Hapoel Tel Aviv now. That’s something of a big deal in Israeli basketball since its “first tier,” but their arena only holds around 3500 people. Well you can’t always be the big show. Kinneret is also a doctor, and she graduated from Tel Aviv University. David actually coached Kinneret before they were married in 1991. That seems pretty weird, but it’s perfectly legal so who really cares. I’m sure she was a super hot basketball player back then.

I’m still not entirely sure what Kinneret is a doctor of, but she apparently still lived in Israel shortly after David got the job at Cleveland. I think it’s a strong possibility she’ll relocate to the Cleveland area to be around her husband if she hasn’t already. When he was hired, David mentioned that they would all move to the States eventually. Getting visas for that sort of thing can take a little time. I think Kinneret may be aware that Lebron James holds serious influence over the fate of her husband David’s job. Like it or not, in the NBA franchise players sometimes get to dictate to the ownership and front office whether something is working or not, and Kinneret is likely crossing her fingers that their relationship will strengthen.


Thomas Vanek's wife Ashley Vanek

Thomas Vanek's wife Ashley Vanek is thrilled that Thomas decided to sign with the Minnesota Wild and take less money than he could have had elsewhere. The guy inked a deal that's still worth $19.5 million, so it's not like he's getting nothing. He talked about how it was really important for him to be around Ashley and their three sons in St. Paul, Minnesota. Obviously having set up shop already in Minnesota is going to factor into the decision in a major way.

Ashley is originally from the area and feels right at home there. I'm fairly certain she attended the University of Minnesota along with Thomas. However, I've got to tell you about something that happened outside of Minnesota: one of the the weirdest and most tragic things happened when the couple was living in Clarence, New York outside of Buffalo while Thomas was on the team. A passenger plane crashed a few hundred yards next to their house. According to Wikipedia, the plane was a Bombardier Dash-8 Q400, and it stalled out and crashed into a house (right next to Ashley and Thomas). The entire crew and all 49 passengers died as well as someone who was living inside the house. Four people inside the house survived. That's pretty intense stuff. I don't imagine Thomas Vanek's wife Ashley Vanek wants to revisit that memory any time soon.

Ashley did give it a go when Thomas was traded to Montreal, but Ashley got tired of all the trades and set up shop permanently in St. Paul. Being away from his wife and kids affected Thomas, according to him, and he says his performance in the Stanley Cup series suffered because of it. As you might imagine, Ashley has more than enough to take care of with the three kids, and she'll appreciate whatever help she can get from Thomas now that he's back in town.

04/24/15 (Updated)

Russell Wilson's girlfriend Ciara

Well, Russell Wilson's girlfriend Ciara is pretty famous. Famous enough for the internet to go insane when photographed next to the Seahawks QB at a Mariners game over the weekend. While people sought confirmation of the relationship, it became pretty clear when E! News ran with the details, saying It’s still at the beginning stages and it’s very fresh. She thinks he is a complete gentleman and has really enjoyed hanging out with him these past few weeks. It’s constant laughter and fun with them.”

Ciara was born in Austin, Texas but she never really lived in any one place for very long at all on account of her father being in the army and being stationed at various places. She apparently lived in Germany, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New York, and California when she was a kid. Eventually, she settled down in Atlanta long enough to form a group called Hearsay, which split up fairly quickly.

Ciara then managed to get signed into publishing as a songwriter, which is a pretty big deal. It basically means you sit around trying to cook up good songs all day long, and she managed to do that consistently after she met her songwriting partner Jazzy Pha, whose name I still don't know how to pronounce. They wrote a bunch of hit songs, and Ciara's debut album was number one. One of the songs I'm familiar with is "1, 2 Step," which is a pretty catchy hip hop/r&b/ pop thing featuring Missy Elliott. Russell Wilson's girlfriend Ciara did a good job. The song's production is well done, and the video features a guy in some neighborhood spraying himself with Axe deodorant and then spraying it towards Ciara to try to make her interested in him. That's kinda' funny.

Ciara has dated a bunch of different rappers including Bow Wow (formerly 'Lil Bow Wow), 50 Cent, and Future. She and Future got engaged, had a child, and then called off their wedding because Future was cheating on her during his tour. So now here she is with Mr. Wilson. I wonder if she's going to remove her tattoo of Future's name on her ring finger?