Golden State Warriors Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

05/15/14

Steve Kerr's wife Margot Kerr

 

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Stephen Douglas Kerr, the old sharpshooter, winner of rings, loser of nothing. Steve Kerr's wife Margot Kerr seems like a cool lady. You can tell by her twitter account that she's got a sense of humor and seems happy with life. She wears aviators and hails from Arizona. Chances are she's laid back and fun, right?

Steve and Margot met their sophomore year of college at Arizona. They were married in 1990. Ah yes, 1990, the year young Margot realized she had an authentic sharpshooter on her hands (and by no means a poor man's Mark Price). Point of fact-- Steve was always a pretty deadly outside shooter; known primarily as a slow outside guy throughout college and during the 1986 FIBA World Championship, which was the last year amateurs shot hoops in that competition and won a gold. Well, the two eventually had three kids: Nick, Matthew, and Maddy.

Personally, I always liked Steve as a commentator on TNT. He had a straight-to-the-point, incisive and empathetic style that was refreshing alongside Marv Albert's tired, campy schtick. What most people don't know about Mr. Kerr is that he was once punched in the face by Michael Jordan during practice. According to Jordan, it was all MJ's fault. He had come back from retirement and was struggling to regain captaincy of his squad, and he took out his frustrations on Steve's eye. Realizing his folly, he apologized profusely the next day, and Steve accepted. Free rein on Steve Kerr's face-- the proper way for an ultra-competitive legend to release frustration. Steve fought back though, and Margot iced his eye.

One more very important detail: Steve Kerr is the all-time leader in career 3-point percentage. He maintained an astonishing .454% over his 910 games played. It's pretty cool that he coaches Stephen Curry now, who is painfully just out of reach of that percentage (even though he shoots a bajillion more shots than Steve).

04/28/14

Stephen Curry's mother Sonya Curry

 

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Meet the Curry’s!

They should have their own reality show. Steph Curry’s mom (and Dell Curry’s wife), Sonya Curry, is the heart and soul of the Curry cheering section. This cheering section also extends to Seth Curry, a Duke alumni who now plays for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBADL. If you look at old Duke games from a few years back, you’ll probably spot Sonya doing her thing in the crowd. You’ll definitely see her at some point if you turn on a Golden State playoff game now.

Dell Curry met Sonya at Virginia Tech back in the 80’s when Sonya Curry was playing team volleyball and leading in aces. Dell got drafted to the Jazz in 1986, bounced to Cleveland after a year and finally landed with the Charlotte Hornets, a new team at the time. Clad in aqua bluish-green (also known as turquoise for those aspiring experimental team uniform designers), Dell would launch five 3-pointers a game. Turquoise Dell Curry, that’s the guy I remember. He did, in fact, lead the NBA in 3-point FG percentage in 1998 playing one season for the Bucks alongside burgeoning downtowner Ray Allen.

His glory days were with the Hornets, though, and he was on one of the most exciting teams of the early 90’s with guys like Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues, Hersey Hawkins, and Scott Burrell. They could never quite fully launch themselves into contenders, always running into teams like the Knicks and the Bulls, who dominated the eastern side in that era.

Stephen Curry actually shares the exact same name as his father: Wardell Stephen Curry II. Nothing like keeping that time-honored tradition of naming your kids Wardell. In all seriousness, Steph has become one of the league’s premier shooters. You can tell immediately how good of a shooter he is by looking at his 3PA per game and then looking at this 3P%. He shoots eight 3’s per game and still somehow keeps his percentage well above 40%. He may be the best long-range shooter in the game. Guys that lead the league in 3-point percentage always end up not being pure outside bombers, shooting a couple a game at most. He shoots more than 600 three-pointers a season! I can guarantee he used to have shooting competitions with his dad growing up.

It’s also worth mentioning that Sonya’s daughter, Ayesha, plays team volleyball like her mom, and she’s also part of the Golden State cheering section.

04/22/14 (Updated)

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!