John Wall's girlfriend Hazel Renee has her own modeling website loaded with all kinds of information about her, so it's not too hard to get an idea of the kind of lady she is. Her interesting look comes from being Filipino, African American, and Puerto Rican. I just wish she wouldn't wear fake eyelashes in her photos; I never think any woman looks good with those things on, but that's just me. I guess Hazel was really big into singing and dancing on the stage because there's a lot of emphasis about that in her early years bio, and she started entering beauty pageants and talent shows. She's got a long history of competing in these types of things. She almost made it onto the MTV Show "Making The Band 3" with Sean Combs. According to her bio, she's placed Top 16 in the Miss Michigan Pageant. She's also done a bunch of other stuff involving TV appearances and magazine shoots, but I won't get too into detail about them because they're sort of obscure.
John Wall's girlfriend Hazel Renee also managed to grab herself a bachelor's in entertainment PR and marketing from Michigan State, so I guess that's a good notch on the belt. I've looked through her blog, and there was one entry that caught my eye about cheating in relationships. It said, ""It's the thrill and the rush of being sneaky and the thought of gettting caught (or atleast the potential of it). The more we continue to live like this, we come alive. We feel that little texts here, little dinner there and little flirty stuff won't cause any harm." This doesn't implicate Mr. Wall of anything whatsoever, but it's always interesting to hear the perspective of a professional athlete's girlfriend. I'm still waiting for a professional athlete's girlfriend to write up a blog entry about why they'd stick around afterward.
Marcin Gortat’s girlfriend Anna Kociuga comes from the land of great girlfriend gettin’. That’s what Mr. Gortat would have you believe. According to Marcin, “You guys definitely can go to Poland to look for a girlfriend or for a wife. You’re definitely gonna find yourself a nice wife.” I picture a giant 7-foot man clomping down the streets of Krakow looking to grab a woman as he would a rebound, but that is not at all how it went.
Eastern Europeans and the abundant use of the word “definitely” can be slightly misleading. Marcin only recently parted ways with Anna Kociuga in October of last year. The two met in 2009 and dated for 5 years. She’s a model and apparently was well-publicized in Polish tabloids because of her relationship with Gortat (who is essentially the most famous Polish basketball player).
Gortat’s Wizards have managed to get themselves to the second round of the playoffs thanks to his steady contributions. He’s averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 54% from the floor- good standard output for a big man on a team hoping to go deep. Gortat said for the Post: “You can’t lose games at home. End of the day, they have to do whatever gets them going. If they need to flex in front of their own crowd, okay, let them flex, but we gotta win the game.” Unfortunately, they’re very much on the ropes right now down 3 games to 1 and playing the fifth game in Indiana on Tuesday. Not a good spot to be in.
As an interesting aside-- Marcin’s father was on the Polish Olympic boxing team in 1972 and 1976 and earned a bronze medal both times. He was smashed by Leon Spinks in a TKO in the 1976 Olympics, but he managed to beat him one year later at the world championships.
Nene Hilario's wife Lauren Hilario shared a very similar, scary experience with the big man. Nene, which was a name he picked for himself back in 2003 that means "baby" in Portuguese, has been through some tough trials throughout his ten consistent seasons. Don't ask me why he chose to name himself Baby, dear reader, for I cannot say.
Lauren is a tall lady, having been a college volleyball player. She was a teammate of Nene's manager Alex Santos' wife, and Nene met Lauren the night Alex's first child was born. Coincidentally, Lauren's sister Ashley dated the Pelicans' Jason Smith for five years, and concurrently with Lauren while she was dating Nene. Jason broke up with Ashley and married some other chick, though, but that's a story for another day.
So here comes the first real challenge to Big Baby (Brazilian Edition). In 2005, he tore a ligament in his knee and was out for an entire season recovering. He recovers, and two years later both he and his wife have to undergo tumor removal surgeries! Lauren's was benign, but it was on her brain, and Nene's was not benign, and it was on his...testicle. The nut and brain combo-- brutal.
Well, they pushed through it and were married shortly after in 2009. Lauren's quote from The Washington Post about her husband: "Am I going to be able to have children? And I think there was a brief moment of: ‘Am I going to be able to have a family? Am I going to be able to go back to basketball?' All of the things he loves and cares about were affected all at one time."
Not to worry, Lauren, your son Mateo is now three years old, and your deeply religious husband seems like one of the most loyal NBA guys there is (he tore up a basketball card of Shawn Kemp after hearing about his off-court behavior). Nene had a great season, averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. He made $13 million and stands to make the same for the next couple years.