Portland Trailblazers Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)
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- If there is one thing that can get you drafted in the NBA without much talent it is height, famously backed up by the old saying which goes something like "you can't teach height."
Case in point for the 2012 NBA draft might be Meyers Leonard. Leonard is a 7'1" center out of the University of Illinois who is projected to go anywhere from 8-16 in the draft. I laughed when I read one draft expert say his best case comparison would be Tiago Splitter. I'm thinking any NBA lottery team that takes Meyers is hoping he turns out to be a little better than Tiago who is nothing more than a serviceable big man. Regardless of how the draft turns Meyers does have one advantage over most draft prospects, a very attractive girlfriend.
Meyers Leonard is dating Elle Bielfeldt, and while we don't know if she will attend the draft with him we can certainly keep our fingers crossed she does. The little background we have on Elle is that she was a decent basketball player herself in high school where she attended Peoria Notre Dame and racked up over 1000 points during her career. While she could have attended college to play basketball her heart was always set on attending the University of Illinois, so Elle turned down basketball offers and went to school there where she is currently in the class of 2014. So we do know that the couple both enjoy basketball, which is good since that will be Meyers' career for the next 10+ years. Along with playing basketball Elle was top 25 in her class and a member of National Honors Society.
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Brandon and Tiana have two children together: son Brandon Jr. aka BJ, born in March, 2007 and daughter Mariah Leilani, born January, 2009.
The two have been dating for a long time, and Brandon finally mustered up the cojones to ask her "the" question in June, 2008. A few months after giving birth to BJ, Brandon suggested that he take Tiana out to look at engagement rings, just to "see what she'd like." While still at home on the day they were supposed to go ring shopping, Brandon sent Tiana a text message telling her to look in one of his drawers for something, cryptically adding that "she could have whatever she found." After a few minutes of digging around, she found a ring box in a drawer, and turned around only to be greeted by Brandon holding his infant son. At that time, Brandon asked "BJ wants to know if you will marry his daddy?" Tiana immediately said yes, and the two were scheduled to be married as man and wife in August, 2009.
On another note, PlayerWives would like to apologize for telling a sweet and emotional story in this space. It is not the standard operating procedures of this site to pass along happy and celebratory stories. We deeply apologize to anyone coming here expecting us to make fun of Brandon Roy, Tiana Bardwell or anything in between. We apologize for this happy story, and will work hard to be snarky and cynical tomorrow.