NBA Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

04/25/15

Blake Griffin's girlfriend Kari Klinkenborg


Blake Griffin’s girlfriend Kari Klinkenborg is known as Terrell Owens’ ex, but she’s a pretty cool person in her own right. Number one, she runs a charity dedicated to providing shoes and socks to Los Angeles people in need. It appears they collect them from any and all sources and then distribute them.

Back in the day before Blake Griffin’s girlfriend was Kari Klinkenborg, Kari was still doing this kind of thing on a smaller level. She was a volleyball player at the University of Florida on a full scholarship. She participated in a thing called Goodwill Gators, and her favorite event in that group was the shoe drive. She decided she would extend the idea to her own charity in Los Angeles. So the name of her group is Feeding Soles (very clever), and I have to admit it’s a great cause. If you think about it for a second, shoes are absolutely essential. You cannot function (especially if you’re homeless) without some kind of footwear, and new shoes and socks is like a godsend if you’re wearing ones that are falling apart.

Kari Klinkenborg originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, but since that’s like trying to win the lottery, I say her charity is an absolutely great way to keep busy. I’m sure Blake would agree with me. As a side note, Kari was recently in a video of “What HBO’s Girls Show Would Be Like if It Were Directed by Michael Bay.” I haven’t bothered to watch the video because I get the general concept, but I’m sure she’s pretty proud of it. She posts about it all the time on Twitter lately. She’s also fond of posting pictures of her dog Major and occasionally dressing him up. Who doesn’t like to dress up a dog in a an American flag bandanna?

04/19/15 (Updated)

Glen Davis' Girlfriend Jasmin Jaye


Glen Davis' girlfriend Jasmin Jaye was recently spotted by TMZ with Glen, and the guy working for TMZ managed to get the maximum value out of the interaction. Those TMZ guys know how to approach sports stars and their girlfriends. Jasmine wanted to make it clear that Glen is divorced and that she has never had anything to do with Glen leaving his wife or anything like that. Apparently Glen was married to Jenna Gomez on December 31, 2013, but it didn't last long at all. That couple had known each other for a long time, but that didn't appear to matter.

Now then, Big Baby Davis' girlfriend Jasmin Jaye is a model and has a pretty substantial following on Instagram of about 251,000. I honestly don't know how these people build up their followings to such a degree in such a short amount of time. It couldn't have been more than three years that Jasmin has gotten so many fans, but a lot of it probably had to do with her relationship with Glen. Like most models, she takes a lot of selfies, and she looks happy in exactly none of them. No smiles, no good vibes-- just that bothered look that seems to say "can I help you with something?" I found one picture where she was smiling, and it was for an advertisement for Protein World. Maybe being with Glen makes her smile, though. He seems like a fun-loving guy. I like one of the quotes she put up on her Instagram though: "You have to learn to get up from the table when love is no longer being served." Based on her pictures, I sort of wonder how much love she gives back. Glen met her after a ballgame, having spotted her wearing a fur and looking classy. He approached her and that was that.

04/24/15

Kirk Hinrich's Wife Jill Hinrich


Kirk Hinrich's wife Jill Hinrich just gave birth to twins in September of 2014, so she's very busy taking care of their stable of four children. Their kids are named Kolton, Kinley, Kenzie, and Kyla. I'm seeing a pattern here, Kirk. Maybe Jill will think about changing her name to Kelly.

Jill had a very athletic history before she became a professional mom. Kirk Hinrich's wife Jill Hinrich was once simply Jill Fisher, and she was known as a state champion long jumper for Bishop Heelan high school in Sioux City, Iowa. The couple has been dating since 1997, according to the Sioux City Journal, and they've known each other since high school. So chalk another professional athlete's relationship under the old high school sweethearts column. Being an NBA wife is tough, and that means Jill had to say goodbye to what was called her "dream house" when Kirk was traded from Chicago to Washington. The house was 9270 square feet and cost $4.4 million. Then the guy gets traded back a few years later, and they're right back where they wanted to be.

Kirk and Jill also do a lot of nice charity work. Kirk's got a charity golf tournament called Camp High Hopes, and the aim there is to help special needs kids. I think he should start a charity for his wife, who's now got to take care of 4 little kids while he's away shooting jump shots. I don't imagine Jill longs to be back in Sioux City, but they do visit there often enough to see family and old friends. There's speculation around the internet that Kirk will seek employment working for the Bulls organization when he retires, and that would suit Jill and the family nicely, as they've mostly put down roots in Chicago. I wonder if they reacquired their dream house. My guess is it was sold within the three years time that they were away.