NY mag covers the superficial part of being an NBA wife; interviews Vanessa Bryant who has seen plenty of wives “come and go”
I’m sure this NYmag article didn’t mean to make NBA wives sound like superficial image obsessed over-spenders but it did. I think the article was supposed to be about the importance of being fashionable when you’re married to a star and how people pay attention to that kind of thing. But it somewhat when off the rails of that topic–which is fine by me cause that made it much juicier.
The article starts off by talking about how New York Knicks Tyson Chandler heard his wife jabbering about wanting to be treated to the kind of shopping spree Julia Roberts was treated to in Pretty Woman. So Chandler decided to give his wife the film hooker experience of her dreams. I couldn’t make this up. My question was…why couldn’t see have done this with her husband’s money forever ago? Seems awkward.
Then they went on to talk about how Amar’e Stoudamire proposed to his fiancee with a HUGE diamond ring only after gallivanting around on red carpets with r&b “singer” Ciara (yes they mentioned Ciara!). They also mention the photos of the engagement and trip to Paris that Stoudamire shared on social media. Since then Stoudamire has made his best effort to show that his relationship still exists including moving her and his children to New York something that probably should have happened forever ago and attending various playoff games dressed like Aaron Neville.
Then the story switches to an interview with Vanessa Bryant who addresses the fashion topic and then leaves it in the dust. Bryant always gives the juice. Here’s some of what she had to say:
[To read Vanessa Bryant's awesome comments and to read what I think about couples marketing themselves click Read More]
Bryant hesitates when asked too many questions about fashion, though. “I think people imagine that I sit at home with all the time in the world to do my hair and makeup, but that’s certainly not the case,” she says. “I’m up at 6:30 in the morning with my kids. I’m taking them wherever they need to go.” She doesn’t use a nanny—“That’s the way I was raised”—and says that she has never missed a sports game or practice of her daughters, 6 and 9. This afternoon, she’s checking on the portable nebulizer her daughter uses for her asthma to take overseas. The medicines that doctors push for asthmatics make her uncomfortable, and she’s interested in starting a foundation for alternative treatments. “I’m not sure where she got asthma from, but I’m really careful,” she says. “When their dad’s over and he sprays deodorant, I ask him to go into another room. My youngest daughter has allergies to olive trees. We had twelve olive trees on this property, and after we took her to an allergist, I had them excavated.”
When we start talking about the rumors that have gone around about Bryant, like that she and Khloé Kardashian have almost come to blows, she waves a hand. “Everything is false,” she says. “Khloé was at my 29th birthday. I don’t get involved in the drama. I’ve been with Kobe since I was 17, so I’ve seen plenty of players, and plenty of wives, come and go. It wouldn’t benefit me whatsoever to have an issue with any of them, whether they were a girlfriend, or a wife, a person-of-a-month, or … you know. And I think that’s why the Lakers as an organization give me the access that I have, that other wives don’t have.” She talks about the tunnel on the way to the locker room that she stands in to give Kobe a kiss after games, the one that cameras always pan to. “If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel,” says Bryant. “I don’t like standing outside and giving him a kiss in front of all the cameras. So I stand in there to get away from them. But then the cameras end up following. And if the girls are there, sometimes, that’s their kiss good night for Daddy, and when he comes home, they’re asleep.”