Laurel has also dedicated herself to charity in the community. Mike D’Antoni coaching the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013. This is the bedroom of Williams's 13-year-old son. In fact, it was in Los Angeles that Laurel’s real-estate savvy paid off. I’m more restless than you are,” she said to her husband. Laurel D’Antoni, wife of Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni, was named the inaugural recipient of Partner in Public Education Award, given by the Texas School Public Relations Association. We basically work for a construction company, and she takes us out to dinner and to games. According to the NY Post, Laurel lived the modeling life in Tokyo, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Manhattan. “She’s involved in the personality aspect of the game. Sydney Manning, left, and Laurel D'Antoni look at fabric selections. So Laurel is his eyes and ears, scouring Twitter and Facebook and checking the internet regularly to know what’s being said and writtten. When it’s time to leave a team and a city, Laurel gathers everything associated with that team and piles it on the living-room floor. Mike D’Antoni makes a point of staying off of social media and avoiding what’s written about him and his team in the press. LaNier was born in Arkansas and was the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, the African-American students who in 1957 integrated that city’s Central High School. The love didn’t end there. Over 30-years-ago Laurel was recruited from the state of Washington to Manhattan by the Ford modeling agency. Obviously, parents were excited to bring their kids to the basketball camp. The Rockets Women's Organization donated 700 backpacks for Royalwood Elementary School students and helped build a partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation to get books to every elementary school student, in Sheldon ISD. Laurel D'Antoni connected her friends at the SBP disaster recovery group with Rooms To Go and her interior designer, Marie Flanigan Interiors. Laurel was walking down a street when she ran into Wally Walker, a basketball player she knew from college, and he and his wife invited Laurel out for pizza, saying they were going to bring another American with them. “It’s what you turn it into. But Laurel D'Antoni is much more than a pretty face. KPRC 2 Click2Houston 201 views. Not that she doesn’t have anything to say — as a coach’s wife, she keeps most of her opinions to herself. “I’m deeply troubled by the lack of respect and the lack of compassion that our country’s showing right now. They hosted a two-hour fund raiser at the Post Oak Hotel with help from a few powerful women in Houston's philanthropic community: Alicia Smith, Hallie Vanderhider and Brigitte Kalai. “Me, God? Motherhood brought out the mama bear in her, and now that she’s 59 — Mike is 67 — she better understands the complicated lives of professional athletes and their families. Laurel may follow social media, but you won’t see many — if any — tweets or Facebook posts from her. Jerseys, jackets, tchotchkes of all kinds, it doesn’t matter what they cost. Mike teamed up with her in April 2018 to help the city, specifically rebuilding damaged homes, following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Diane Cowen has worked at the Houston Chronicle since 2000 and currently its architecture and home design writer. As Laurel said in a May 2017 ESPN interview: “The whole idea was I’m marrying not just the man but basketball.”. One of those friends was Mike, the other was Russ Schoene, whom Mary and Wally originally intended to set Laurel up with. Mike D’Antoni grew up in the sports world; his father was a legendary high school basketball coach in West Virginia and Ohio, and both Mike and his brother Dan went to Marshall University and on to the NBA. While the family lived in New York, Mike Jr. attended Rye High School and was a standout on the school’s basketball team. Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer. Me?” Williams cried, choking back tears and struggling to find the words to show her appreciation. 56-year-old Laurel D’Antoni is definitely one classy woman. I feel like we all have the ability to make a difference in society and to each other.”. “So, we’ve been married 34 years, and we decided at the start of our relationship that I would make all of the major decisions, and she would make all of the minor decisions,” he said, unable to resist laughing at his own joke. In L.A., we bought more than we needed, but I figured the worst case would be that we’d break even.”. That’s pretty much how Flanigan remembered the story, too, and she called in another designer — Regina Gust, who specializes in holiday décor — and they descended on the D’Antoni home to get it party ready. Laurel’s girlfriend, also a model, was dating ex-Sonic Wally Walker, who introduced her to his teammate D’Antoni.
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