New York Knicks Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

03/19/14

Phil Jackson's girlfriend Jeanie Buss

 

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With the New York Knicks hiring Phil Jackson as team president, a lot of questions were raised. Who will the Knicks target? Will Phil let Carmelo walk? Will he ultimately install himself as head coach? And, with Phil Jackson's girlfriend Jeanie Buss serving as executive vice president of business operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, does their relationship pose a conflict of interest?

The last question also piqued the interest of the NBA. According to an ESPN report first filed by Darren Rovell and Ramona Shelburne, the league is looking into the issue. While the report indicated no specific direction, action or parameters as to how to monitor or avoid any conflict, there seems to be consistent measure of protection from many parties involved. Jeanie Buss had dinner with new NBA commissioner Adam Silver this week, and indicated that the topic did come up. She noted that there should be no problems, given her lack of involvement in basketball decisions. Current Laker Pau Gasol, who previously played for Jackson, told reporters that he cannot speak with his old coach given his pending free agency and any perception of tampering between the parties.

NBA spokeman Mike Bass told ESPN.com:

The Knicks’ hiring of Phil Jackson is subject to the league’s conflict of interest rules. To avoid even the appearance of a conflict, we have addressed the issue with the Knicks and Lakers to ensure that the relationship between Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson will not affect how the teams operate.”

Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss have been dating since 1999. After years of Jeanie's outward expression to lock it up officially, Phil finally proposed for Christmas, 2012. Jeanie Buss was happy to share the news with the world going on Twitter to announce: "Twitter family - Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted! :-)" The couple has no one, but a dog. Phil Jackson has five children and seven grandchildren.

07/03/13 (Updated)

Andrea Bargnani's girlfriend Nabila Chihab

 

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Andrea Bargnani's Girlfriend Nabila Chihab is a professional volleyball player of Moroccan-Italian descent who is over 6 feet tall. Born in September, 1984 in Casablanca, Morocco, Nabila now plays center and wears #14 for RDM Pomezia Roma. Andrea and Nabila began dating in late 2011 or early 2012 and, as best we can tell from all of the Italian language sites that we visited when researching this post, the pair still live together.

Being a basketball player that was always too short all of my life, I can't help but wish that these two were my parents. Athleticism and height from both your mother and your father? Not to mention the fact that Andrea Bargnani and his girlfriend Nabila Chihab are both fairly attractive people. It will be the gene jackpot for some kid if these two ever marry and decide to procreate.

04/11/13 (Updated)

Steve Novak's wife Christina Novak

 

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The details behind how exactly Steve Novak's wife Christina Novak first entered his life are a little hazy.

The story we've found says that the first time Steve and Christina talked was during the Final Four in New Orleans. Despite the fact Steve and Christina were in the same communications class, the two never talked, and it apparently wasn't until the Marquette Golden Eagles made the Final Four that things started to heat up. Most remember the Marquette Final Four team because of Dwayne Wade but Novak played a major role as a freshman. At some point during the Final Four, Christina made the journey from Milwaukee to New Orleans, and she and Steve hit it off. Try to help me understand this because I have a few questions. Did she drive to New Orleans in order to see Marquette play and just happened to bump into Novak while in New Orleans? Was her intention the entire time to drive to New Orleans and meet Steve? I mean they were in the same freshman class but from all reports never talked yet somehow found each other at the Final Four. Keep in mind the Marquette to New Orleans drive isn't like going to the local market, it's about a 20 hour drive. When did Steve find time between, oh I don't know trying to win a National Championship, to meet Christina. Look I'll give the couple the benefit of the doubt since they did end up marrying but I'm something isn't adding up here. I'm clearly missing something in the meeting story they're selling.

Regardless of how they met Steve and Christina did get married in July of 2007 after Steve proposed at a Chicago White Sox game. The couple now resides in New York with Steve serving the role of 3-point specialist for the New York Knicks.