NBA Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

04/22/14
 

James Harden's girlfriend Maliah Michel

 

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James Harden’s girlfriend Maliah Michel has had some experiences, if you care to get to know her. She might actually be more interesting than her rockstar basketball boyfriend! Yes, she’s a stripper with some considerable assets, but that’s just the beginning of the tale, no pun intended.

Maliah managed to get herself a scholarship to Cal State Northridge for softball, and she lived with her sister and her sister’s two children in a small apartment thanks to an assisted living program called Americorps. To earn money, she became a stripper at the age of 18, starting at a “white club in Beverly Hills,” according to her Vibe Magazine interview, earning 80 dollars a night. When she switched to a black club, she started earning a minimum of 500 dollars a night. She credits the uptick in monetary appreciation to her voluptuousness. She saved and earned enough money to buy her own house in Las Vegas. Then she got engaged, but her fiance got addicted to both crack and heroin, and she lost all of her money and her house. She then became deeply religious and quit stripping. “All I did was go to church. I mean, I literally had to pull a gun on my ex-fiance. That whole experience led me to God.” Goodness gracious! I feel like I’m reading a 21st Century draft of The Brothers Karamazov (only with cool strippers instead of Russian brothers).

Well, things are looking up for M&M now. Things are so good, in fact, that she’s relaxed her piety and returned to the occasional high-end stripping. Before getting together with James Harden, she starred in Drake’s cinematic music video “Find Your Love.” She was with him for awhile, but she’s since upgraded to the 6’5” Mr. Harden-Fast, who is one of the league’s premier scoring guards. After leaving Oklahoma City, James’ numbers shot up, and he’s now averaging 24 PPG over the last two seasons. He got paid over $13,000,000 for his 2013-14 season. I wonder if his contract stipulated for him to be paid in all one-dollar bills?

04/20/14
 

Nicolas Batum's wife Melanie Batum

 

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Nicolas Batum’s wife Melanie Pimentel Batum is another beautiful woman who appreciates fashion and style, but it turns out she’s quite proactive about her passion. She is a professional makeup artist who’s traveled to over 30 countries getting paid to work for movies and television shows. When she came to the United States to support her husband Nicolas, she couldn’t last more than two weeks before laying plans to release a shoe line. She’s also planning to open a beauty bar in Portland, which I’m hoping is an establishment that sells beauty by the bottle. Who doesn’t like beauty?

Certainly not Nicolas Batum. In 2008, Nic was acquired by the Blazers via the Rockets in one of those confusing draft-day trades where players end up going here there and everywhere. Prior to coming to the States, the native Frenchman was considered one of the best players in Europe (basically a prerequisite to get into the NBA). His averages as a FIBA player were slightly lower than what he posts as an NBA’er now: 13 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 5 APG, and 80% free-throw percentage. These numbers have justifiably translated to a $43 million dollar contract with the Blazers.

In 2012, there was a small, brief trauma for the Batums when they received a number of racist tweets telling them they weren’t wanted in various flyover states. The vast majority of people’s reactions to Batum’s free agency, of course, were positive and supportive, and they simply paid the tweets no attention. Miss Batum, being of Spanish and Algerian descent, might have challenged the ignorant twitter users to point to Algeria or Spain on a map, but she’s too busy being ambitious, beautiful, and fabulous.​

04/17/14
 

Klay Thompson's girlfriend Shaila Singh

 

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Klay Thompson’s girlfriend Shaila Singh is, well, good at looking good. That is- she’s a former Miss Pismo Beach, and she competes in beauty competitions. In 2011 she posted an unintentionally funny video of herself and trailing makeup-and-preparations entourage titled “Behind The Tiara” on youtube. Hey, her business is beauty, not storyboarding!

Klay has been with Shaila for a few years, but is in the very unusual position of not having access to his own money to wine and dine her. All of his salary payments go directly to his father, Mychal, who himself had a 13 year NBA career and was the 1978 number one draft pick. In fact, Mychal Thompson gives him an actual weekly allowance of $300, as he’s explained in numerous interviews. When asked about what Klay should do about taking his girlfriend on a date, he is quoted on Bleacher Report as saying, ““Go to Langers in Oakland … Go to the grocery store and get a nice bottle of wine for $30…”

Well, at least Shaila can get into Warriors games for free, and she’s got plenty to watch since Klay has been seeing a lot of minutes and really producing some solid numbers. At 6’7”, he’s one of the more serious threats as a stop-and-pop sharpshooter on the west coast. His free throw and 3-point percentages are also pretty decent at 42% and 80% respectively. Hopefully next year when his contract is bumped up to $3,000,000, Klay’s weekly allowance will rise past $300. Shaila is crossing her fingers!