(L-R)Gordan Hayward, girlfriend Kolbi Killingback, Korrie Evans, Jeremy Evans
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It's been a long time since the Slam Dunk contest has been relevant. Yes, in recent past Blake Griffin and Nate Robinson have provided some hype, but overall the event is nothing like it was back in the 90's. All of that said, the show just go on. The defending champ is Jeremy Evans and his wife Korrie will certainly be watching him attempt to repeat.
Jeremy Evan's wife Korrie hasn't been in that role for very long - the couple just got married on August 25, 2012. The ceremony took place in Savannah, GA with teammate Gordon Hayward and coach Tyrone Corbin in attendance. Evans wisely let Korrie do all of the planning, but is quick to say he was ready to help when called upon. The couple met in college, both studying at Western Kentucky.
Evans is just another in a recent string of second round draft picks to make an impact in the NBA. For a while it was almost a given that if you weren't drafted in the first round, your career was probably going to be pretty short (if you even had one at all). While the majority of his notoriety comes from the dunk contest, Evans has been serviceable off the bench for the Utah Jazz. Just goes to show that with good scouting, you can pick up the likes of Monta Ellis, Marc Gasol, Glen Davis, Danny Green, Mario Chalmers and Omer Asik, just to name a few. Evans personally just got the sign he'll be around for a but, signing a 3 year, $5.5 million deal after the 2012 season.
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Gordon Hayward has launched himself on the national landscape with a more than solid sophomore season in Utah. Because of this, it would stand to reason that he'd have his choice of the hottest Mormon options in the greater Salt Lake area. However, like the nice looking kid he is, it appears Gordon Hayward's girlfriend Kolbi Killingback is staying around for a while, and that Hayward has no interest in checking out the local scenery.
The world first saw Kolbi at the 2010 draft though we had absolutely no idea who she was at the time. Before Gordon took the stage to put on his Jazz hat and shake hands with David Stern, he got up and celebrated with his friends and family, which also included a kiss with an attractive blonde. That blonde was Kolbi, who also happened to be fresh out of high school at the time. Kolbi is now a sophomore in college at Ball State University where she is studying social work. College took Kolbi only 90 minutes from home, where she attended high school in Brownsburg, IN.
While Kolbi and Gordon spend most of their time a couple time zones apart, Kolbi did debate the merits of going to Gordon's 2012 All Star Weekend, posing the nearly impossible to decide choice to her Twitter followers:
To go to All Star Weekend and fail a test or to miss All Star Weekend and probably still fail the test..?
From the looks of her Twitter feed, she did attend All Star Weekend, and the BBVA Rising Stars challenge. No word on how the test ended up for her.
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UPDATE: 04/22/2013: "Honestly, who looks cute in their mug shot?"
That totally fair question was emailed in to us and forced us to actually try to consider, who does look cute in their mug shot? Lord knows I didn't - nor did I look particularly handsome, or tough, or like a productive member of society...
Apparently Al Jefferson's girlfriend Shirley Lewis asked the same question, and she's doing something to rectify the situation. Shirley emailed us that question above and provided PlayerWives.com with a handful of new pictures which prove, that yes, she is most certainly cuter than that mugshot would suggest.
Thanks to Shirley for reaching out to us, and hopefully folks agree that mugshots aren't the most flattering picture on earth.
Usually when we have the unfortunate job of relaying a story on domestic abuse, we're writing about the athlete being booked on charges.
Not this time....
Meet Shirley Lewis, Al Jefferson's 38 year old girlfriend (he is 26). The two live together in an upscale suburb of Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights. On December 8th, the couple got into a verbal argument before Lewis is alleged to have hit Jefferson before proceeding to bite him on the back. The altercation took place in front of two children, one of whom was fathered by Jefferson. Police were called, and Lewis was arrested and booked at a Salt Lake City police station.
Reports are now circulating that police are looking into charges to be potentially leveled against Jefferson. No further action has taken place.
Jefferson took part in the 2011-2012 Utah Jazz media day the next morning, and declined to comment on the situation. Jefferson told the Salt Lake Tribune, "It’s a personal matter and I’m done talking about it. I want to discuss basketball."
Honestly, I don't blame you, Al. If this is the whole story, good on you for keeping your hands off her.