NBA star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder is about to add a new title to his name!
In a Sunday Instagram post, the 25-year-old Canadian athlete shared the exciting news that he and his girlfriend, Hailey Summers, are expecting their first child together. The heartwarming post featured a photo of the NBA star beaming with joy, eyes closed, as he embraced Summers’ baby bump. The expectant mother proudly displayed her growing belly, dressed in a long-sleeved crop top and black pants.
While the announcement didn’t delve into specific details, Gilgeous-Alexander captioned the post with “2024…???.”
Fellow basketball player Chet Holmgren commented, “2 2.0 ?,” while athlete Nerlens Noel wrote, “Yessa Shai Dai!??.” According to ClutchPoints, the couple has been together for at least six years, and like Gilgeous-Alexander, Summers is also a skilled athlete.
Apart from his basketball endeavors, Gilgeous-Alexander has ventured into modeling for Kim Kardashian’s brand, SKIMS. In October, he, along with Brazilian soccer player Neymar Jr and San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, was chosen to model the brand’s menswear in its launch announcement.
A news release highlighted the selection of these athletes based on their backgrounds, personal style, and their ability to connect with people beyond the sports realm. In a recent conversation with Kardashian for Interview magazine, Gilgeous-Alexander discussed the crucial role of friends and family in supporting his mental health.
“A lot of it I do with friends and family because they give me a getaway from the spotlight, the NBA life,” he shared. “A lot of them are back home and live everyday lives, so I get to step away from all the craziness that this life brings when I’m with them.”
Despite playing in a smaller market, there’s acknowledgment that if Gilgeous-Alexander were in a different setting, he could easily be one of the NBA’s biggest stars.