Meet the Black Wives and Girlfriends of the NBA Finals

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The time for denunciation is upon us! The NBA Finals begin on June 6 and the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks are expected to face off in a pretty competitive showdown. We’ll be tuning in not only to see who takes home the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in the best of seven games, but also to see if the wives and girlfriends of some of our favorite players representing in the final will be courtside . Over the past few years, we’ve seen queens like Savannah James and Ayesha Curry support their men this time of year, and these are the leading ladies (the black ones of course), of some of the players who will be fighting for a title.

Marlene Wilkerson

Wilkerson is the wife of Dallas Mavericks star and NBA champion (formerly with the Cleveland Cavaliers) Kyrie Irving. The couple has reportedly been together since 2018 and shares two boys. Irving also has a daughter from a previous relationship.

Alice Washington

Beauty Alisah Washington is the wife of PJ Washington of the Dallas Mavericks. She is also an influencer and entrepreneur in her own right. She married PJ in October 2023 and they share a son together. He also has a son from a previous relationship with influencer Brittany Renner.

Shakara Pritchett

While playing for the Chicago Bulls in early 2023, Derrick Jones Jr. used a team trip to Paris as the perfect opportunity to pop the question to his longtime love Shakara. The couple shares two children. “We met during my pre-representation in Cleveland. I was with my agent and I was going out one night and we met; just like that,” he told “We have been together for seven years. She knew it would happen eventually, but she didn’t know it would happen that night and here. I felt like it was perfect timing. They got married in October 2023. Jones now plays for the Mavericks and we’re sure Shakara and the family will be cheering him on throughout the Finals.

Tamia Tillman

Finally a Boston Celtic! Xavier Tillman is married to his wife Tamia, with whom he shares three children. The couple married in 2019 and hope to win a championship with the Celtics after Xavier left the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this year. “Happy birthday to my best friend, my safe space, my biggest supporter, the loml!” Tamia wrote on their fifth anniversary in May. “I couldn’t imagine growing old or living with anyone else.”

Ella Maï

Spotting Celtics star Jayson Tatum with British R&B singer Ella Mai is a rare sight, but the two have been rumored since 2020 and were first spotted publicly in 2022. There are even new rumors according to which the two welcomed a baby together recently. However, nothing has been confirmed. So the chances of seeing Mai in the field are slim, but we’re digging this alleged coupling either way.

Suzie Micael

We’re not sure if beautiful content creator and multi-faceted, incredibly talented Celtics star Jaylen Brown is still a thing, but she was at his birthday party last fall, and he caught the hell online in February for forgetting to help him through some. ice in the heels. Whatever their status, if you see her in the stands during the next matches, you will know why!

Thereza Wright-Morris


This foxy lady is the wife of Dallas Mavericks power forward and NBA champion Markieff Morris. She was with him in the bubble with their daughter when the Lakers won the championships in 2020 and shared what that experience was like for her. And he’s also been open about their ups and downs, including during NBA press conferences. “Yeah, I mean, I broke up with my wife a few times and we’re still married. It works,” he said of his former teammate Kevin Durant, who previously sought a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. “Sometimes you need space to understand certain things.”

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