Memphis Grizzlies Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)


David Joerger's Wife Kara Joerger

David Joerger's wife Kara Joerger met him back in 2001 at a birthday party in a bar. Joerger was the coach of the Dakota Wizards at that time in something called the IBL, which I've never even heard of. David had just gotten finished with a game, and Kara had actually been at the game and had been sitting right next to Joerger's mother. They had never even met up until that point, so unless there were only a dozen seats at the game, that was a big coincidence. They started dating and were married in about a year. They've since had two daughters, both of which were featured in a daily local newspaper for winning a reading award for being above grade level readers. Kara was quoted as saying she started them both reading at a young age.

Over the next five or six years, David Joerger's wife traveled with him from his team in Dakota to other basketball teams in the minors of hoops. Then he was hired in 2007 to be an assistant. It was sort of smooth sailing from there. The most interesting aspect about Kara directly is her tremendous involvement with horses and barrel racing. Riding horses rodeo style and barrel racing is her passion, and I really respect that. It's something she's really into, and it's cool that she pursues it. I can't even exactly tell you about barrel racing other than it involves racing on top of a horse around some barrels in order to get a really fast time. It honestly seems like a really fun sport, and it's probably not bad to watch if you're at all involved with the competitors. I get the sense that this was something she's been involved with from a very early age. Growing up in South Dakota, there's probably not all that much to do, but there is barrel racing!


Vince Carter's Ex-Wife Ellen Rucker

Vince Carter's ex-wife Ellen Rucker is the sister of Antawn Jamison's ex-wife, Lone Rucker. Together, they are starring in a new reality show on the WE channel called "Love Thy Sister." I watched a bunch of promotional videos and trailers or whatever you call them. The show looks utterly unwatchable, frankly, though I'm sure people will watch it. The entire show "reality" looks scripted, and one video I watched was Antawn's ex-wife Lone sitting down with one of their other sisters, named Londyn. At some point they start throwing wine at each other for no reason other than the producer probably asked them too.

Ellen is a chiropractor in a town called Lancaster in South Carolina. She's been practicing there for ten years and owns the business. She's currently dating a guy named named Bakari Sellers, who is a very young South Carolina congressman and a pretty big deal considering he was elected in 2006 at the age of 22. If there's a congressman in the world you can begin to feel like trusting (not sure there is), it's a young black guy from South Carolina. Generally speaking, the United States is not a place that empowers young black men. This guy seems seems pretty cool to me, and he seems like a real catch for Vince Carter's ex-wife Ellen Rucker. They've been dating for about five years.

Ellen says her biggest disappointment was her divorce from Vince. They had been college sweethearts, and they had a kid together named Kai. She says she thought she knew Vince (she did for ten years) but in the end she didn't. Ellen is quite a classy lady, to be sure, and I'm glad she's with Congressman Sellers. If you want a little anecdote about her ex-husband: I went to a Celtics game about nine or ten years ago, and I was with a guy who had a real talent for getting under player's skin and having them jawwing back at him. Of all the players who he heckled, Vince was by far the most animated and fiery. At one point, my friend had wondered aloud if Vince had recently spent some time playing for an Eastern European team (implying he wasn't hacking it recently at the NBA level). Vince was yelling all sorts of stuff back to him. When he got substituted, he was sitting on the bench pointing to his ankle and trying to tell my friend that he was injured and so that's why he wasn't playing up to his potential. He also threw out a dumb insult about my friend's mom. If you don't use any swear words, you're allowed to heckle the players as much as you want, and it helps if you have a really funny pal with you.


Tony Allen's Wife Desiree Allen

Tony Allen's wife Desiree Allen had to be happy after his $20 million contract got inked back in 2013. Having been ranked one of the best perimeter defenders for years and being selected to the All-Defensive team (in my mind a serious achievement) made him worthy of the deal. So now Miss Desiree is living it up in Memphis after tying the knot with Tony in June of 2013.

I've seen a video of Tony Allen's wife Desiree Allen dancing with him at their wedding, and she was doing the Spanish-style shoulder shake move. Well, that's not the technical dancing term for it, but it reminded me of the tango. In short, the couple was having a good old time and enjoying their wedding. His little boy recently appeared on some Twitter videos, and Desiree always looks very happy with him. She appears to have a cool braided hairstyle in one photo where she's playing with their son. So starting a family with Desiree and settling down in Memphis with a big contract appears to really be working out.

Tony Allen's wife Desiree Allen must get a kick out of all the videos Tony's been posting of him and his son. I'm not sure exactly when Desiree had the baby, but you can tell Tony is enjoying being a Dad now. The couple have also taken part in the FIT Valentine's Mother's Day Out last February. FIT is Families In Transition and is a program designed to combat domestic violence. The NFL might want to start a program like that. Anyway, they had the program at the Westin Hotel in downtown Memphis, and everybody that took part were greeted by Tony and Desiree. Desiree even said a few words about being indirectly affected by domestic violence, and Tony hung out with the kids there. Always nice to see couples helping the community.