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Zach Lavine's girlfriend Hunter is a wee little munchkin starting her journey into the world of professional basketball players' girlfriends. She's probably got a good head on her shoulders, but let's be honest-- it's a tough road ahead. Zach will definitely be running into temptations every which way in the coming years, and I'd bet Hunter and Zach will have more than a few tests ahead of her. If I was a chick dating an athlete, I'd probably just bail out after he got shipped off to whatever city he gets drafted by. "Cynical but practical;" that's my motto as a pro athlete's girlfriend. I'd also have a Molly Wop ready and loaded for the woppin', but that's another matter.
Hunter recently took a Vine of Zach at the draft combine doing his vertical leap test. Whooo doggie! that man can't jump himself into a barnyard full of cash and gristle. I believe it was 42 inches. The way the leap tests work, the pole has to be adjusted for the player's height and arm's lengths, so on the pole they were using, there were only one or two tabs left to hit. It's impressive, but the question remains whether young Lavine can actually play. His draft report is questioning everything but his athleticism. He never put up solid numbers at UCLA, but there does certainly seem to be a lot of potential in that 181-pound frame. Speaking of UCLA, Zach posted 9.4 PPG and 2.4 APG. Not exactly screaming #1.
The other notable thing about Zach is his performance in the BallIsLife high school dunk contest. As high-schoolers, these guys were doing things that you'd see at the highest level in the NBA. Every ten years or so, it seems like the art of dunking can't get any more advanced or complicated, and it always does. Remember when JR Rider first did the between-the-legs "East Bay Funk Dunk"? The dunk contest can be seen here.
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Julius Randle's girlfriend Kendra Shaw is proud to be his girlfriend.
The college kid is more than happy to put their relationship all over Instagram, and honestly, we get it. Randle should go early in the 2014 NBA Draft, and we fully expect Kendra to be there front and center in the green room with him.
The Kentucky native Shaw appeared more than happy to bring the Dallas kid Randle to the highest sports event in the Bluegrass State. The couple donned their finest and attended the 2014 Kentucky Derby where Randle garnered the same attention as many other sports stars in attendance including Wes Welker and Tom Brady.
One item we found interesting while learning more about Kendra Shaw. Among her 1,400 Twitter followers, include the official account of the Los Angeles Lakers. Randle is predicted to head to Los Angeles with the 7 pick in many mock drafts. Could be a team doing it's homework,... could be a foreshadowing of Thursday night's Lakers pick,... or could just be a guy in the Social Media department following guys rumored to be on the teams radar. By 9:00 Thursday night, we'll all know for sure where Randle and Shaw are headed (and predict we'll see an ESPN sighting of Kendra Shaw in the green room).
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Jon Gruden has spent most of the lead up to the 2014 NFL Draft talking up Fresno State QB Derek Carr. We here at PlayerWives are going to take a slightly different approach and talk up Derek Carr's wife Heather Carr.
Derek and Heather Carr were married June 29, 2012. The couple has one child together, son Dallas, born in August, 2013. An article in the New York Times published that same month described the fearful moments that occurred after Dallas was born. In Dallas' first moments after birth, Derek observed his young son vomiting a dark green matter. After calling the nurses over, his son was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery to repair a condition causing his intestines to be tied into knots. Three surgeries and plenty of sleepness nights later, Dallas is expected to make a full recovery.
Heather Carr, formerly Heather Neel, is a proud football wife. Her Twitter bio reads: "Christian..Married to the love of my life..Mommy.. Huge Fresno State Football fan! ; ) I am blessed!" Derek helps credit Heather with turning his life around. In the same New York Times article, Carr explains:
“I was out running around, living the life. Everyone wanted to hang out with the Next Big Thing, and I soaked it up like an idiot. I want to go back and punch that guy in the face.”
Carr says Heather helped prioritize what's important, faith, family and football. We expect to see plenty of the Carr family during draft coverage, but not in the green room. The family has a 20 month old to keep an eye on back home...