Portland Trailblazers Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

02/11/14
 

Damian Lillard's girlfriend Kay'La Hanson

 

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Damian Lillard's girlfriend Kay'la Hanson is very proud of her boyfriend.

Kay'La Hanson is a pre-med student currently enrolled at Weber State University in Utah.  One could make the easy leap that the couple met there, as Lillard played his college ball for the Weber State Wildcats before the Blazers took him with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Lillard immediately took over in the Pacific Northwest, but is still working to make a bigger name for himself to the rest of the country.

Kay'La Hanson is regular to her Twitter and Instagram accounts showing support for Lillard, often expressing how much she misses him while on the road.  While the Trailblazers superstar is well known to dedicated NBA fans, All-Star weekend is likely to be the opportunity for Lillard to make sure everyone else finds out more about him.  Lillard will be making his presence felt across five events during All-Star Weekend. Besides making the Western Conference reserve squad, he's also entered in the Dunk Contest, which has an exciting field for the first time in a long time, as well as the BVCC Rising Stars Game, Skills Challenge, and 3-point. No matter what happens during Sunday night's game, it's a safe bet that even the casual NBA fan will know Damian Lillard's name by Monday morning.

06/27/13
 

C.J. McCollum's girlfriend Elise Esposito

 

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Before some serious PlayerWives.com sleuthing, C.J. McCollum's girlfriend had only been alluded to vaguely in an interview with the Deseret News. When the Lehigh University graduate was asked about the amount of homework NBA teams do on the players they are scouting, McCollum had this to say:

They know everything, they know if you have a girlfriend. They know what color your dog is and everything.

C.J. McCollum then admitted that while he did not have a dog, he did have a girlfriend. While that amount of information might be good enough for some of our competition, PlayerWives.com isn't known to rest on our laurels. Through our patent-pending (ok, not really) Internet Sleuthing techniques, we were able to determine that C.J. McCollum's girlfriend is Elise Esposito. She is originally from Bethlehem, PA, attending high school at Bethlehem Catholic High School. Elise is also a graduate of Lehigh University, with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience/Pre-medicine and will be going back to Lehigh in the fall for a Master's Degree in Engineering.

06/27/12
 

Meyers Leonard's Girlfriend Elle Bielfeldt

 

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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.