While Lebron James is making buzzer-beating shots, his fiancée, Savannah Brinson, is taking care of their two sons and running The LeBron James Family Foundation. And she always steps out in style, making the high school sweethearts one of the NBA’s most fashionable duos.
Being handpicked by Quincy Jones to sing isn’t the life of most NBA wives, but no one ever said Tamia was average. The singer and husband, Phoenix Suns star Grant Hill, have been successfully balancing work and marriage for years with what seems like minimal effort.
“Knowing I have Grant in my corner has brought out a boldness in me," Tamia told ESSENCE. “He’ll tell me when I’m wrong and need to check myself, but he’ll also tell me when I’m right and need to keep fighting for something.”
Along with raising their daughters, Cydney, Ciara and Cenaiya, with Denver Nuggets star Chauncey Billups, Piper Billups leads the family in giving back to the community, including hosting a Hip-Hop “Tee” Party to help local children.
Alani “LaLa” Vazquez may be busy hosting VH1’s “Charm School,” but she remembers home is where the heart is with fiancé Carmelo Anthony and their son Kiyan.
“I clean my own house. I don’t wait for the maid to come,” she tells ESSENCE.com. “And I cook for my family. It might not be a ten-course meal, but I have my specialties like mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken and my world-famous lasagna.”
She also is courtside for many of Anthony’s big games, and even recently got into an altercation with fans while defending her family.
Chanda Wallace was excited to finally marry longtime boyfriend, Detroit Pistons star Ben Wallace. She often traveled with her husband during the grueling basketball schedule, sacrificing a life of her own to be by his side.
Candace Fisher and Los Angles Lakers star Derek Fisher became a happy blended family with her son and his daughter in 2004. She was excited to discover she was expecting the couple’s twins soon after. But in 2006 when their youngest daughter, Tatum, was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer, everything changed. The couple leaned on each other during the tough time, and their daughter is currently in remission. Candace stayed strong and supported Derek as he took care of their family.
“Fatherhood will put a man through a lot, but it’s a tremendous job, the best in the world—even better than playing basketball,” Derek says.
Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce and fiancée Julie Landrum expanded their family when they welcomed baby Prianna Lee in 2008. Landrum is a constant companion of Pierce at his many events and understands the hectic schedules and numerous events that come along with loving a professional athlete.
Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett married his longtime girlfriend Brandi Padilla in the summer 2004. The couple knew that, to build a strong family, their relationship had to take priority. Garnett missed the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens for their small wedding in California.
WNBA star Candace Parker has had a busy year, with husband and Minnesota Timberwolves player Sheldon Williams being traded from the Sacramento Kings in February and giving birth to the couple’s first child in May.
“The best advice I ever got was from my grandparents, who said never go to bed mad and don’t focus on being right all the time,” she tells ESSENCE.com. “It took us a while to figure it out but we’ve been straight ever since.”
It’s not often you see former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning without his wife, Tracy. The couple has discovered the best relationships are built on being friends first. We love seeing these parents of two out and about, whether its walking the red carpet or rolling up their sleeves to give back to the community.
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