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Nerlens McMerlins be twirlin's and unfurlin's. So the guy's got a wacky name; just having a bit of fun with it. Where to begins withs youngs Nerlens? Well, Nerlens Noel's girlfriend Jordan Walsh may or may not still be with him, but there's other more "dramatic" controversies at hand. I'm talking about some good old fashioned baby mama drama (with a girlfriend before Jordan Walsh entered the picture).
It was reported just yesterday by TMZ that Nerl has stopped child support of $10,000 per month to a woman named Jamie because he wants to make sure his baby is actually his. It started out when a mysterious girl named Jamie claimed her baby sprung forth from The Nerl, and then he signed an affidavit admitting that he was the father of the baby. He then committed pay the amount each month but then stopped, counter-claiming that he didn't understand what he had signed previously. This is your classic BMD, people. It's got all the right ingredients: backpeddling, confusion, and frownin' baby mamas with expensive pacifiers.
Nerlens is known far and wide as Mr. Flat Top, which adds an inch or two to his 6'11" height (7'1" flat top included). Incidentally, flat tops do not increase powers of logic and common sense. Nerlens had a good year at Kentucky, averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2 steals and a most impressive 4.4 blocks per game. I suppose NBA scouts revered his athleticism, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say picking him 6th overall was foolhardy. I know, you think I'm crazy, but he hasn't proven anything yet (aside from he can block and steal the basketball in college), and an ACL tear is extremely serious. No one knows if it'll hobble him permanently, which does happen. That's not to say he won't rehabilitate and be able to get on the court, but it is to say that players can lose a step and play conservatively after ACL rips- permanently. I hope he proves me wrong though. He's already getting paid $3.1 million which, again, I think is ridiculous, but who cares what I think.
As for this Jordan Walsh chick: she's a confirmed NFL and NBA mega-groupie, as reported by thedirty.com. Nerlens has been seen and photographed kicking it with her in limousines and couches. I'd say the chances that they're "boyfriend and girlfriend" or "going steady" in the classical 1950's wholesome sense are about the same as the chances the Sixers will win a championship next season, but it still helps to know a bit about what's going on in Nerlens' World. I'm going to write out a legal document for 10 grand a month, bring it to a Sixers game, and then tell him I want his autograph.
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Michael Carter-Williams' girlfriend Tia Shah has supported him throughout his interesting rookie season and hey, she must be doing something right with MC-Dub having recently been named the Kia Eastern Conference rookie of the month for November. After being one steal away from a triple double in his first ever game for the Philadelphia 76ers, he's also posted some great numbers across the board in his freshman season.
Tia has shown that she loves Michael, but is not so fond of his busy NBA schedule, Tweeting on several occasions that she hates the long distance between them and that she can't wait for her winter break from Sierra Canyon College. This is where she has kept herself busy living her college-student life on the campus in Chatsworth, CA. After her tweet about starting an essay the night before it's due, we can assume that, despite her relationship with MCW, Tia is just an average college student.
Before Carter-Williams splashed onto the radar this season, their relationship was filled with time spent together as we can see from Tia's vine posts about their trip to Disneyland and doing other things together. Another post shows her playfully starting to get her baby nephew into basketball, joking that he will hopefully follow her boyfriend's footsteps to play pro hoops one day.
Michael Carter-Williams' impressive start this season is hopefully a sign of a promising career out of the 22-year-old Massachusetts native. Despite his impressive performance thus far, he hasn't taken anything for granted, storing his rookie salary in a trust he won't be able to touch for three more years. We can bet that Tia is sure hoping that when the time comes to get the money three years from now, they will be taking that very same money he had stored, and maybe beginning the next step of their life with it.
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The NBA Playoffs are great for so many reasons; the drama, the upsets, the rise to pressure, and for us here at PlayerWives.com, the increased reports of girlfriend sightings in the stands.
Spencer Hawes is seeing his stock rise after a solid opening round, and now has the bulls-eye on his chest as the man charged with shutting down the hyper-motivated Kevin Garnett in round 2. It should come as no surprise that a man who is seeing his national profile increased also has a beautiful girl waiting in the stands for him.
According to TerezOwens.com, Hawes brought his girlfriend Gina Antoniello to round 1 of the playoffs, where she was seated with his family. The report claims the two have been dating since the summer of 2011 after mutual friends introduced them.
Interestingly enough, it sounds like Hawes may be sleeping with the enemy here. Anotniello is the on-court reporter for the New Jersey Nets hired shortly after she graduated from Wake Forest, and after the 2011 lockout ended. Actually, this isn't the first time Antoniello entered enemy territory for a boyfriend, as she was rumored to be dating Duke Center Brian Zoubek in 2009. The distance would not seem to be insurmountable, with her living in North Jersey and Hawes near Philadelphia.
Prior to her gig on the Jumbotron at Nets games, Gina was a model. According to her bio, she is a self proclaimed sports freak who lists her dream job as a sports agent. Her biggest turnoff is dishonesty, and her obsession is pickles... yes seriously.