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Kawhi Leonard has massive hands.
But hearing that a professional athlete has massive hands is an abstract concept for many people to try to put together. Leonard's hands are big, even for an NBA player, but how do they measure up against the average joe. In what's become a famous picture a fan approached Leonard to get some perspective on the whole hand size situation, and the Internet immediately tabbed the hand that of Kawhi Leonard's girlfriend.
The picture first appeared on a Spurs Reddit page, and the backstory was told:
She saw him and Corey (Joseph) shopping at the store she works at in Dallas. He was reserved at first so she was talking to Corey a lot until she asked him why he was so shy, then he said, "I'm not shy, I'm talking now aren't I?" After that Kawhi opened up and was friendly.
So while this has been proven to not be Kawhi's girl, who is exactly? If our research is true, the only dude under the age of 57 getting big minutes for the Spurs, appears to be enjoying the single life. There's no rumors, stories or names attached to the guy tasked to guarding LeBron in the second straight finals matchup between the two squads. While the glare from the media spotlight is a little less bright in San Antonio compared with Boston, Miami or LA, there's just not much on Leonard's Love Life. If anything happens to crop up, or a girl appears with Kawhi when the confetti falls, we'll be sure to keep you posted.
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Well look at this: two Canadian, professional sports-affiliated individuals who managed to slip through the all-devouring jaws of hockey and land in the heartland of The United States. Cory Joseph’s girlfriend Stefanie Gazmin is from Toronto, and Cory is from Pickering, Ontario. They did it, folks. Or more specifically- Cory did it. He managed to become a professional athlete from Canada that doesn’t play hockey. The NBA, no less. Where the hell is Steve Nash to cheers him and talk some of that wacky Canadian talk? Justin Bieber’s not invited to that party, though. As for Stefanie, she’s kind of just along for the ride, though she did just graduate college a few weeks ago so she’s got that accomplished.
These are youngsters. Cory is the old man of the duo at the age of 22. He’s talented; you’ve got to be to hang with the Spurs. He specializes in slashing and mid range pull-ups. He’s a fill-in guy with his pal Patty Mills, the excellent Aboriginal import who we’ve covered previously. San Antonio guards are awesome. Backing up Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker? It’s a great gig because you’re going to be learning from two of the best. That explains, of course, why young Cory is only getting 14 minutes per game in the regular season. $1.1 million a season is sort of the NBA standard for guys in his position. Seems very fair to me.
Cory recently saluted Kevin Durant for his heartfelt speech at the Kia MVP awards. The two are both Texas alumni, though neither spent more than a season playing for the Longhorns. I think as far as Cory’s drafting is concerned, NBA scouts can tell when they see a professional-caliber player who’s putting up decent but not mind-blowing numbers in college. Take Cory’s numbers, for example: 10 PPG, 3.6 APG, and 3.0 RPG. Yet he gets drafted straight after his freshman year at the end of the first round. Granted, it took him two years to rise out of the D-League, but that’s still a little shaky to me as far as pulling the trigger and entering the draft. Compare Durant’s college freshman stats and it gets a little silly: 25 PPG, 11 RPG. A tale of two Longhorns. You’ve got to tip your hat to Cory for fighting his way into the spotlight.
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Patrick “Patty” Mills’ girlfriend Alyssa Levesque is a long-time gal. She’s been with him for years, and she “helps to quiet the storm,” according to their friend. Hey, it’s a storm you want if you’re on the court playing in the NBA Finals. Mills has climbed his way to the big show from the NBADL. Not easy.
Patty is an aboriginal, which means he’s an indigenous native to Australia. If you’ve read about Aboriginals, you’ll know they’re one of the oldest races of people that exists, and they’ve occupied the same place longer than any other race of people in the world. This in itself is pretty intense. Imagine trying to live in the Outback of Australia 60,000 years ago. It’s one of the most inhospitable places that there is. Aboriginals have been there with a largely unchanged culture for all that time. Anyway, moving away from the historical/anthropological aspect of Patty’s background, he’s doing quite good for himself in the NBA. Take a look at his numbers per 36 minutes (20 PPG in the regular season and 16 PPG in the playoffs) and you’ll find his $1.1 million contract seems like a complete steal. All in all, he’s earning his keep and has proven to be a good pickup for the team.
Based on what I’ve been able to observe from the Player Wives Ivory Tower, Alyssa pretty much hangs out and supports Patty, but at one time she was a forward for the St. Mary’s Gaels at St. Mary’s College. So she at least knows what is going on when a referee calls a foul, a three-pointer is made, and Tim Duncan has a blank, vaguely sullen look on his face.