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Coming into the 2012-13, there were lofty expectations placed on Kevin Martin. With OKC deciding they couldn't (or didn't want to) give James Harden a new max contract, they traded him to Houston. Martin was shipped to the Thunder in that deal and essentially had to try and replicate Harden's offensive output from the bench. While not as explosive, Martin did his best impression as the Thunder marched their way to the 1 seed in the West.
Martin started his career in Sacramento, which is a far cry from his hometown of Zanesville, OH. This is relevant because its also the hometown of Kevin Martin's wife Jill Martin. When Kevin started his NBA career, the couple has just started getting serious. Jill recalls taking many flights back and forth to visit on the weekends when the Kings were playing at home.
Kevin and Jill were married on July 15, 2011. The couple actually met in high school but did not begin dating until college. Both are self-described as shy, so the relationship took quite some time to get off the ground. They spent about 4 years together before finally tying the knot. We don't usually make note of wedding details, but this is one we just had to point out - Kevin and Jill had an Oreo bar for their guests. There's no way that didn't live up to expectations.
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Kevin Love is the greatest basketball player in the world. I can safely declare this after dealing Dirk for him 3 years ago in my fantasy hoops lague when he was still on the bench under the evil dictator Kurt Rambis. I had faith in him. I love the man. I wish I was his girlfriend, except for the fact that I'm a 30 year old, straight married white guy.
Kevin Love clearly prefers the alternatives to dating me as evident with his girlfriend Elise Novak. Elise was a cheerleader and member of the dance team at UCLA, where she and Kevin met and began dating. The relationship has continued through his career in Minnesota where he frequently flies her out to see him.
In 2008, Sports Illustrated interviewed her in their SI On Campus feature. Elise was asked about her likes and dislikes, where the Pre-med student announced that her favorite class was physics, her best physical feature was her smile, and that she was a very good golfer before she focused on cheering and dancing.
Cheerleader, pre-med student, golfer. Check, check, check. Well done, Kevin Love.
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UPDATE: Former #5 overall pick and slam dunk champion, Isaiah Rider was arrested a few days ago for parole violation. TMZ spoke with Isaiah Rider's wife Vanessa Rider who told them that the parole officer is abusing her power and not giving JR a fair chance. Given all of JR Rider's prior troubles with the law, forgive us if we have a hard time believing that. The story goes that Rider left the state, with permission from the parole courts to pursue a basketball coaching gig - and was busted for it by his parole officer. According to Vanessa, who has been incredibly outspoken on her Twitter account against the "she-devil, man-hating" parole officer, the parole officer wants JR to work at McDonald's. According to Vanessa, "He's not going to work at McDonald's ... he's a retired athlete". Though my guess is that he'd rather work at McDonald's than be in prison, which is where he currently is.
Isaiah Rider and his wife Vanessa Rider have two children and live in the Phoenix area. They originally dated during his (very) brief stint with the Lakers and recently reunited as JR made attempts to clean up his life. They were married a short time later. Rider was actually arrested in January 2008 for domestic violence as he forced a former girlfriend into a car and drove off with her, eventually crashing that car into a deputy's police car when confronted. No word on whether that former girlfriend was actually Vanessa Rider.