Portland Trailblazers Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

05/09/15

Arron Aflalo's girlfriend Regina Hall


Part of the problem women face when dating Arron Aflalo is that last name, because when things start to get serious, the ladies start realizing they might one day face the dreadful decision to have to change their last name to Aflalo. Still, Arron Aflalo's girlfriend Regina Hall is braving that fear.

So I guess a lot of people might recognize Arron Aflalo's girlfriend Regina Hall from the movie "People, Places, Things," but I've never heard of it. It sounds like a children's morning show-- like where there's a super-expressive host that talks about interesting places in a format that would be appealing to kids. Come to think of it, Regina might be great for that. She describes herself simply as an actor and director. One thing I do find totally awesome about Regina is that she's a full-fledged boxing fan. You don't often find girlfriends that like watching men punch each other repeatedly, and the sport is ten times better than UFC in my humble opinion. Regina's pet pal is named Zeus, and he's a bulldog. She has posted the requisite photos of her goofing around with him.

One memorable quote by our dear Regina is her take on happiness: "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." Now of course this isn't her quote, but I dig that she's posting it and doing the whole going-deep thing. We're still waiting on a photo of her actually with Arron Aflalo, but if the rumors prove true it won't be long. Regina also took a picture with Nelly a few months back. She's sort of in that zone where she's just starting to get some star-exposure, so hooking up with Arron Aflalo might potentially be shooting too low for her in the future if she starts to become a big star, but I'm just speculating in a superficial way here so don't mind me.

04/20/14

Nicolas Batum's wife Melanie Batum


Nicolas Batum’s wife Melanie Pimentel Batum is another beautiful woman who appreciates fashion and style, but it turns out she’s quite proactive about her passion. She is a professional makeup artist who’s traveled to over 30 countries getting paid to work for movies and television shows. When she came to the United States to support her husband Nicolas, she couldn’t last more than two weeks before laying plans to release a shoe line. She’s also planning to open a beauty bar in Portland, which I’m hoping is an establishment that sells beauty by the bottle. Who doesn’t like beauty?

Certainly not Nicolas Batum. In 2008, Nic was acquired by the Blazers via the Rockets in one of those confusing draft-day trades where players end up going here there and everywhere. Prior to coming to the States, the native Frenchman was considered one of the best players in Europe (basically a prerequisite to get into the NBA). His averages as a FIBA player were slightly lower than what he posts as an NBA’er now: 13 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 5 APG, and 80% free-throw percentage. These numbers have justifiably translated to a $43 million dollar contract with the Blazers.

In 2012, there was a small, brief trauma for the Batums when they received a number of racist tweets telling them they weren’t wanted in various flyover states. The vast majority of people’s reactions to Batum’s free agency, of course, were positive and supportive, and they simply paid the tweets no attention. Miss Batum, being of Spanish and Algerian descent, might have challenged the ignorant twitter users to point to Algeria or Spain on a map, but she’s too busy being ambitious, beautiful, and fabulous.​

02/11/14

Damian Lillard's girlfriend Kay'La Hanson


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.