What do you do with $75 million? If you are Vanessa Bryant go on reality TV. The former wife of Kobe Bryant is being heavily recurited by the producers of VH1′s Basketball Wives.
TMZ is reportingthat “producers never dreamed of approaching Vanessa while she was married to Kobe … and our sources say Vanessa would NOT have been receptive.”
Basketball Wives is now the highest rated show on VH1, and with an expanded budget producers are hoping to lure Vanessa with a lucrative offer. Not that Vanessa needs the money, along with the $75 million settlment, Vanessa walked away with three of the couple’s houses.
It seems as if there wasn’t a big enough diamound to save their marriage, and Kobe Bryant’swife has filed for divorce. Vanessa Bryant is citing irreconcilable differences, ending the couple’s 10 1/12 year marriage. According to TMZ, the marriage ended because Vanessa believes her husband was unfaithful. In 2003, Vanessa stood by her husband after Kobe was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman. At the same time, Kobe gave Vanessa a $4 million engagement ring.
In the legal documents, Vanessa is requesting joint custody of their 2 daughters, 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Gianna but is asking Kobe be granted visitation rights. The couple do not have a prenup.
“You’re talking about the sixth man of the year last year,” Kobe said. ”I mean, he played lights out. I don’t understand the criticism of reality shows and this, that and the other. I don’t get it. I don’t understand it. He had his best season last season. It clearly wasn’t a distraction. He played his ass off.”
Michael Jordan visited his alma mater before North Carolina took on the Washington Huskies for a spot in the Sweet 16. Jordan led the Tar Heels to an NCAA basketball championship in 1982 and wished the team good luck… but also knocked some of the players for wearing Kobe Bryant’s basketball shoes instead of Air Jordans. The players responded to Jordan asking for the high-in-demand “cool grey” Jordan 11s, but according to Jordan they have one more task to complete, “Get to the Final Four and you can get anything you want!”
Shaquille O’Neal was on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. While wearing a hoodie sports coat, the 20-year veteran gave the dirt on his biggest rivals in the league. When Letterman asked Shaq about Pat Riley, the former Miami Heat player would not comment and sipped his water. Shaq spent three years in Miami playing under Pat Riley. As for his former teammate and rival Kober Braynt, Shaq played nice saying, “Fabulous player. Probably the best player in the league right now.”