Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan is engaged to Kiara Morrison, the mother of his two young children. DeRozan, who was drafted by the Raptors in 2009 with the ninth overall pick, will play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
You can follow Morrison on Instagram.
Here’s what you need to know about Morrison and DeRozan’s family.
1. Morrison & DeRozan Met During His One Season at USC
DeRozan and Morrison met during DeRozan’s only season at the University of Southern California. The two were attracted to each other because of their shared passion for basketball, notes SportsNet.ca. In fact, Morrison is obsessed with the sport, yelling out plays whenever she comes to Raptors games.
Morrison also likes to read what’s written about her soon-to-be husband online, even though DeRozan tries to avoid it.
“I read what’s written about him and I just want to go on all the blogs or whatever and write, ‘You have no idea what you’re talking about,’” Morrison told SportsNet.ca in 2012. “He’s always telling me, ‘Why do you bother reading that junk?’ He’ll say he doesn’t, but he sees that stuff. It fuels him. He needs to be pushed and he shows up when he’s challenged.”
In that same interview, Morrison said she is a “go-between” for DeRozan, which is a full-time job for her.
2. She’s Half-Filipino & Went to Manila With DeRozan in 2014
Morrison, who is half-Filipino, went to the Philippines with DeRozan. She told ABS CBN News that it was the first time she’d ever been there.
“It’s great to be back here for the first time, to experience the culture with DeMar,” Morrison said in 2014. “DeMar eats a lot of adobo! But for some reason he prefers my mom’s better than mine!”
3. Morrison & DeRozan Have 2 Young Daughters
DeRozan and Morrison have two young daughters. His older daughter is named Diar, who was born in 2013.
She helped recreate a famous photo of her father and Kyle Lowry. In the image, Lowry’s son Karter stood in for his father, while Diar stood in for her’s.
Diar also starred in one of those adorable press conferences when a young child steals the spotlight from their father. In May 2016, she interrupted DeRozan to tell everyone, “I love my daddy.” A few weeks earlier, she starred in an Instagram video, telling everyone to “Bote my daddy” for a spot at the All-Star Game.
Their younger daughter, Mari, was born in 2016. As The Toronto Star notes, Mari was born a week after the Rio Olympics.
4. Her Father Played for the Alaska in the Philippine Basketball Association
Basketball is in Morrison’s blood. Her father, Keith Morrison, played for the Alaska team in the Philippine Basketball Association during the late 1980s. The franchise started in 1986 as the Alaska Milkmen and is now known as the Alaska Aces. It is owned by the Alaska Milk Corporation, which makes milk products in the Philippines.
According to ABS CBN News, Morrison’s parents met when her father was still serving in the military.
Her father was a member of Alaska’s inaugural season, 1986, helping the team reach the quarterfinals in the All-Filipino Conference and Open Conference. Before playing in the Philippines, Keith Morrison attended Washington State.
5. DeRozan & Morrison Live in a $3.7 Million Estate in Tarzana, California
In September 2014, DeRozan bought an estate in Tarzana, California for $3.75 million, Trulia reports. The home has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms and covers 6,609 square feet.
The home is in a gated community and has a media room, itchen with double island, distressed wooden floors a laundry room, office, living room, fireplace and a large formal dining area.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the home was built in 1995 in a Mediterranean style. It also has a full basketball court.
In July 2016, Yahoo Sports reported that the Raptors re-signed DeRozan to a five-year deal worth $139 million.