J.J. Barea played college basketball for Northeastern University before joining the Mavericks in 2006 and becoming only the seventh Puerto Rican to play in the NBA. He went on to win an NBA championship with the Mavericks in 2011 before signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he played for the next three seasons. He has also played in the NBA Development League and the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.
Barea was a member of the Puerto Rican national team that won the gold medal in the 2006 and 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. He was the starting point guard for Puerto Rico when they won the gold medal in the 2011 Pan American Games and the silver medal in the 2007 Pan American Games.
What’s most impressive about Barea is not what he accomplished on the court, but more so what he accomplished off the court. Somehow, J.J. was able to land Viviana Ortiz Pastrana as his wife. If you’re not familiar with who she is, you check out some of her pictures below now.
In other NBA news, Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks are in the news for being one of the first NBA teams to accept cryptocurrency, more specifically Dogecoin, as a form of payment for merchandise and tickets,. Dogecoin is the fourth largest cryptocurrency with a market capitalization of over $77 billion. Cuban was quoted saying the following about the meme cryptocurrency.
For more on Cuban’s thoughts on Dogecoin, check out the video below!