For most NBA fans, the Boston Celtics surprising head coach hire, Brad Stevens, led to a lot of questions. Who? Why? Are you kidding? That guy? And also, who is Brad Stevens wife?
While I remain as puzzled as many of you, I can answer the final question affirmatively that Brad Stevens wife is Tracy Stevens (OK, I'm kidding too, 24 hours later, I'm actually kind of on board with the hire). Back to Brad Stevens wife, though. Brad and Tracy Stevens were married in 2003. The couple met while enrolled at DePauw University where Tracy was playing varsity soccer. Tracy got a law degree from Case Western in Indianapolis shortly before the couple's August 2003 marriage, and now works as a lawyer specializing in labor and employment issues. The couple will be bringing their two children to Boston with them, son Brady and daughter Kinsley.
The couple established charitable roots around Butler, notably taking part in and hosting events for Coaches vs Cancer during Brad and the Butler Bulldogs NCAA Final Four appearances in 2010 and 2011. In the video below, Tracy sat down with local Indianapolis television to discuss the hoopla around her husband and Butler's head coach during his improbably final four runs.
Celtics big man, Brandon Bass has quietly assembled a nice role for himself on a Boston team looking to make one last push for a title. The seven year vet bounced around a couple squads before really carving out a niche in Orlando. That niche expanded upon his arrival in Boston where he now handles starting at the four on the veteran squad.
Bass came to Boston by way of New Orleans, Dallas and Orlando. He originally hails from Louisiana where he was raised by his aunt after his mother passed away when he was 10 years old. It's not entirely clear when he met his girlfriend Melissa Prejean, with some reports suggesting they met in high school, and others indicating they met in college. By Brandon's own admission in a 2010 interview with the Orlando Sentinel, the couple had been together for seven years at that point. It would place them getting together either as seniors in high school or freshman at their respective colleges.Brandon went to LSU to further his hoops career while Melissa went to and graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
While Brandon was with the Orlando Magic, Melissa was a member of the so-called Orlando Magic Backcourt - a group of Magic wives and girlfriends who did community service. Joining Melissa in this organization were Jameer Nelson's wife Imani Tillery and Rashard Lewis' wife Giovanni Fortes.
The couple remains together at this time. They have one child together, son Brandon Bass Jr. born in 2010.
“You know, you’d be kind of pretty if you washed your hair once in a while."
Probably not what you’d expect as the first words shared between a couple that has been married for more than 25 years. But that’s exactly what Doc Rivers said to his wife Kristen the first day they met.
Doc and Kristen Rivers (nee Campion) met in 1979 while freshmen at Marquette University. Following that winner of a pick up line, Kristen (who goes by Kris) actually dated one of Doc’s teammates for a year before she and Doc got together. Sadly at that time, our country was not as open to mixed race couples, and Kris and her family were the target of harassment.
Doc and Kris married in 1986. They currently reside in Winter Park, Florida. They have 4 children together, some of which you might have heard of before. Their son Jeremiah played basketball at Georgetown and Indiana University, graduating last year. Daughter Callie played volleyball at the University of Florida and now plays professionally overseas (and also has a history dating college athletes). Likely the most famous of their children, Austin played one year at Duke and is expected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft this June. Their youngest, Spencer, has a lot to live up to.