The real NBA wives speak




    You’ve met TV’s “Basketball Wives,” many of whom aren’t actually in relationships with players; but the real NBA spouses want you to know what they’re all about.

    “Community service. We make sure that’s first on our list,” said Dee Dee Abdur-Rahim, wife of former NBA player and Sacramento Kings Assistant General Manager Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

    Dee Dee is just one of many members of the Behind the Bench organization founded in 1993 by Deborah Williams, who’s married to former New York Knick, Herb Williams.

    According to Dee Dee, while their husbands are on the court and posing for pictures at events like the annual All-Star Weekend, the wives are out giving back.

    “We just had a wonderful visit at the Children’s Hospital at Hughes Spalding,” she said. “With 30 of us, we had three groups and we did two different projects: arts and crafts with the kids that were sitting in pediatrics and emergency departments.”

    While the ladies refrained from bashing the hugely popular VH1 series that carries their name, Ramirra Stackhouse, wife of Jerry Stackhouse of the Brooklyn Nets, said she wouldn’t be upset if the show offered a bit more balance.

    “If the show had a little more depth and showed both sides, and showed women doing community service and holding the fort down, it may have been something I’d consider,” said Ramirra, who was once approached to do the show.

    “It just wasn’t something that I wanted to be a part of,” she said.


    Get more from the real NBA wives in the December 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.

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    Get more from the real NBA wives in the December 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.





    —Tracy L. Scott


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