Hubbub: Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander
Jason Schwartz catches up with Hoopz to talk Shaq, sports and the worst movies of all time.
Hoopz earned her nickname as a reality star on such VH1 classics as Flavor of Love and I Love Money, but itâ€™s only now that sheâ€™s really begun to live up to itâ€¦by dating Celtics center Shaquille Oâ€™Neal. Sheâ€™s made quite the impression around town, starting with that time on Halloween she dressed her beau in drag and stepped out as â€śShaquitaâ€™s pimp.â€ť We caught up with her just as she was leaving the gym after playing â€” of course â€” hoops.
Were you just playing with Shaq?
No, no, no. He was with his trainer. I was on the court next to him, ripping on the boys a little bit.
Nice. Have you played one-on-one with the big fella yet?
I have, yeah. We play a lot.
Uh, I do, of course! Obviously, come on.
Youâ€™ve got like two feet on him, right?
No, I got him on the outside. But then, if I start winning, he [Shaq makes a growling noise in the background] â€” thatâ€™s him â€” he gets mad and [still growling] heâ€™ll stand underneath and just keep dunking it. Thatâ€™s like cheating, you know? [Growling stops.]
It sounds like he wasnâ€™t happy with that description.
No, he wasnâ€™t at all.
Aside from playing ball, what are you up to these days?
Right now Iâ€™m in preproduction for another reality show thatâ€™ll basically be following my life. Iâ€™m working on branding myself as a womenâ€™s fitness guru, but in a whole different style. I hate going to the gym â€” I like more explosive workouts, like MMA or boxing. Obviously, with Shaquille, itâ€™ll be entertaining.
You guys have a place in Sudbury, right? Are you liking it out there?
I think itâ€™s amazing. We love to eat, and we find different restaurants. Our favorite is Coach Grill â€” itâ€™s close to the house.
So how was it the first time you and Shaq went out?
It was in Vegas, and I was like, â€śOh God, youâ€™re actually cute.â€ť
You sound so surprised.
Yeah, I was surprised. I actually looked at him and Iâ€™m like, â€śOh, okay, cutie pie.â€ť Weâ€™ve been together every day ever since that. He came to Tennessee, where I lived, and I took him to the lake. We went fishing. We jumped off the rock quarry â€” we had a blast.
You had him jump off the rock what?
I definitely did. Socked him in the stomach and ran through the woods, and it opens up to this big 46-foot quarry. And I just jumped. He stopped at the edge like, â€śOh, hell no!â€ť He walked all the way around like a big baby. I finally got him to jump, though.
Was it sort of surreal early on, because you know, like, itâ€™s Shaq?
I know, youâ€™re right. It was like, â€śOh my gosh, Kazaam!â€ť
Have you actually seen Kazaam?
Yeah, I definitely have. We tease him about it all the time.
Best movie ever?
The worst movie ever, but hey, I donâ€™t know, Blue Chips is kind of horrible, too.
So, whatâ€™s the most romantic thing Shaq has done in Boston so far?
Heâ€™s very romantic. Iâ€™m gonna tell you, he might kill me for this, but okay, while heâ€™s out of the car. Every night, he brushes my hair.
Wow, thatâ€™s, uhâ€¦
Thatâ€™s so freaking cool. He washes my hair for me, too. He even asks! Heâ€™ll be like, â€śBabe, do you want to wash?â€ť I have to tell him what to do, but thatâ€™s so nice. How romantic is that? Come on.
Is he good at it?
Yeah, heâ€™s really good. The first time no, but heâ€™s good now.
Heâ€™s going to make the rest of us look bad.
Iâ€™m telling you, if you want your girl to be like, â€śWhoa,â€ť be like, â€śBabe, whereâ€™s your brush at?â€ť Sheâ€™s gonna freakinâ€™ flip out.
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