How perfect is it that former LA Lakers, now Boston Celtics basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is engaged to someone with the nickname "Hoopz"?
The 7’1, 350-pound center, who divorced his ex-wife Shaunie in 2007, is said to have recently proposed to Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander, a reality TV star, best known for winning the first season of Flavor of Love. (It was Flavor Flav, in fact, that gave her the nickname because of her love of basketball and the fact that she played in high school and community college.) Sadly, although her on-screen romance with the rapper didn’t work out, she went on to become a contestant on VH1’s I Love Money and, like many reality stars, is now rumored to have a sex tape. Shaq To Divorce
Shaq, who is no stranger to reality TV either and currently stars on his own ABC show, Shaq Vs, supposedly proposed to Hoopz during a romantic meal in St. Louis this week while in town for a celebrity golf tournament.
"I think he may have proposed to his girlfriend," said the owner of the restaurant and lounge, reports SportsyBrooks.com. "He brought a chair into the middle of the dance floor and he put a ring on her finger." Basketball's Jilted Bride: Fact Vs. Fiction
The two were also spotted eating breakfast at a diner in Hoopz’ home state of Tennessee recently, where, according to TMZ, Hoopz pranked Shaq by pouring salt into his orange juice when he wasn’t looking and watched as he took a big swig. Instead of being mad though, Shaq reportedly laughed it off.
Clearly, Shaq + Hoopz = True Luv 4Eva.