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Who doesn't love DeAndre Jordan? He's hilarious, and he's got a smokin' lady. DeAndre Jordan's girlfriend Amber Alvarez is a model who posts some pretty sharp pieces of wisdom quotes on her Twitter from time to time. She's also in the habit of posting link after link to her private Instagram account, so you can look at tons of her pictures without having access to all of them. There must be a treasure trove of less-than-stunning home pictures that she doesn't want strangers to see...
Amber and DeAndre were spotted a few months back in the summer attending the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie premiere in Los Angeles. Man, how cool would it be to be on a winning pro ball club in LA and get invited to movie premieres and hang out with movie stars.
DeAndre Jordan's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's "Mean Tweets" was very memorable. He was the last dude on that edition, and his tweet was "DeAndre Jordan looks like he doesn't know how to read," and DeAndre got up and said angrily, "Well, I just read that you fuckin' idiot!" and stormed off. Classic DeAndre Jordan humor.
DeAndre's girlfriend Amber is from Texas, and she seems like she keeps real busy with modeling. Every now and again she'll post some deep quotes on her Twitter, and I sometimes enjoy these if they're good. One such nugget: "Pain isn't supposed to define you; it's supposed to refine you." So that's like if you're on a modeling shoot and you stub your toe-- don't let that person saying "ouch my toe!" be who are you at your core-- let it be a lesson to you to watch out for the ends of fireplaces and ornamental chair legs. I kid, I kid. Amber is always saying how happy she is to be around such great people, and she herself really does seem like a cool girl.
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These two just got married a couple days ago, and Jamal Crawford's wife Tori Crawford was able to mix-a-lot at her wedding. Yes, Sir Mix-a-Lot was a surprise musical guest, and he performed his early 90's hit "Baby Got Back" to guests including Chris Paul, Grant Hill, and pretty much his whole team of Clippers.
Jamal's wife Tori has something to be proud of in the fact that Jamal is only the fourth person in history to win the NBA sixth man award twice. His value to a team is clear, and his value to Sir-Mix-a-Lot's career cannot be overstated. Tori herself is 29 years old and the mother of two. She's busy all the time taking care of the little ones. Their son is named JJ and their daughter is named London. She also helps take care of Jamal's first son, Eric.
Tori is a fairly private wife for Jamal, but the two are actively involved in community reach-out programs and charity. Jamal himself seems like a really generous, cool dude. He's friends with basically all the top athletes. His last birthday, the 13-year NBA vet got a shout-out from Floyd Mayweather wishing him a good year. He's been photographed hanging with Kobe, Isaiah Thomas (who attended his wedding), and of course all the Clips. Tori is a bit more private and likes to stay home with the kids, though the two enjoy vacations in the offseason and spending quality time at their current pad in Los Angeles. Jamal makes some decent cash to support his wife. His biggest earning year was 2010-2011, when he made $10.8 million. Last year he pulled down a cool $5.2 million. One of the most impressive stats I found from Crawford was his league-leading .927 free throw percentage back in the 2011-2012 season. Only 206 attempts but that's nothing to sneeze at.
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Riding in on a white horse to save the city of Los Angeles from the recently voted most hated man in America, Donald Sterling, is Steve Ballmer. If reports are true, Steve Ballmer and wife Connie Ballmer are headed to Los Angeles to take the reins of the city's second team.
Ballmer, a former Microsoft CEO, has reportedly led a group offering up more than $2,000,000,000 (for those not counting zeros, that's $2 Billion) to buy the Los Angeles Clippers and rid professional sports of the Sterling. This isn't Ballmer's first attempt to gain entry to the NBA, having previously put forward funds in an effort to first keep and then bring back the Seattle SuperSonics. He later made a bid to buy the Kings when the Maloofs sold in 2013, ultimately falling short of a winning bid. Interestingly, during the May 11 Clippers playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Steve Ballmer was photographed sitting alongside NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Los Angeles will prove a new pace for Connie Ballmer. The Oregon native Connie has stayed in the Pacific Northwest her entire life. After graduating from Western Washington University, she settled down with Steve at 28 years old and returned while Steve climbed the Microsoft ladder in Seattle. Connie and Steve founded the charitable Partnership of our Children, with a $10 million donation. Partnership of our Children was founded to bring together funds from state, college and private funds to improve Washington's state child-welfare system.
Steve and Connie Ballmer have three sons, Sam, Peter and Aaron with the youngest still in high school.