Rosalyn Gold-Onwude is known to Golden State Warriors fans as the team's peppy sideline reporter, but now the correspondent could have another title --- Kevin Durant's on-the-low girlfriend.
As the Golden State Warriors advance to their third straight NBA Finals and prepare for their third matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, much attention has been paid to the former NBA MVP's love life. Unlike star teammate Steph Curry --- whose wife Ayesha has become a celebrity in her own right --- Durant has been much quieter about his relationships.
There could be a good reason for wanting to keep it quiet. Just before the start of this season's NBA Playoffs, there were reports that Kevin Durant's new girlfriend is Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, the former Stanford University basketball player turned popular NBC Sports Bay Area personality.
"KD is seeing Rosalyn Gold-Onwude under the radar–since she is sideline reporter for GSW. She's very pretty and they have a special chemistry when you see them, plus all his boys follow her on Instagram," reported the sports gossip site Terez Owens.
There is no confirmation that Durant is indeed dating Gold-Onwude, and the reporter made no mention of the relationship in a recent interview with the Mercury News. She did talk about the strong rapport she has built up with the team, however.
"I work hard to come in with the right question. I don't want to waste their time. I do my homework. Plus, game recognizes game. They see that I work hard and they respect that. They know that I played the game and I can talk to them about it on an elevated level. They also know that I'm not going to set them up for something kind of sketchy. When they see you as a human being, and trust you, that's when they open up.Gold-Onwude also praised the team's decision to grab Durant in the offseason, noting that the Warriors were "built to win a championship" after the disappointment of last season's loss in the NBA Finals, having blown a 3-1 series lead to the Cavaliers and squandered an NBA-record 73 wins in the regular season. Kevin Durant is also coming off another high-profile relationship with WNBA player Monica Wright. After dating for a while, Durant told GQ Magazine that the two felt the time was right to get married.
"Also, I know I've been lucky to catch this group of players when I did. They're very smart as a group. Intelligent. And they're good guys."
"We was just hanging out, chilling. And I felt the energy. I felt, I need to do this right now," Durant told the magazine. "And I just did it. I was like…We're engaged right now? We're about to get married? So I was just like, cool! I love this girl. But I didn't love her the right way."
That ultimately led to the couple's split in 2014, something that left Durant hurt and questioning whether he would ever find love again.
"I go to sleep at night, like, 'Am I gonna be alone forever?' Am I gonna be alone forever? Am I gonna have kids? I feel like there's no hope. But I still gotta have faith," he said.
In that same interview, Durant said he had largely been guarded emotionally but was learning to open up more. Durant famously shed some tears while honoring his mother during his MVP speech in 2014.
"I feel like I'm starting to let it all out. Every little thing now. So I cried today. And I felt good about it, though. I felt compassionate. I felt, like, loving and caring. I felt good. I think, as a nation, we need to cry with each other. As a world, we need to cry with each other. That shows we care."Fans won't actually get to see much of Kevin Durant's rumored girlfriend during the NBA Finals. With ABC covering the series, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude will be gone from the sidelines and Doris Burke taking her place.
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