NBA star Ryan Anderson announces engagement.
NBA star Ryan Anderson has announced his engagement three years after the tragic death of his girlfriend Gia Allemand.
HOUSTON Rockets sharpshooter Ryan Anderson has found success on the court and now happiness off it.
The 28-year-old power forward proposed to his girlfriend Kari Klinkenborg over the All-Star break during a surprise trip to Mexico.
For any NBA player, this would be a joyous occasion, but it must be an especially emotional time for Anderson.
In 2013, he tragically lost his then-girlfriend Gia Allemand, a contestant on the “Bachelor,” to suicide following a battle with depression.
Anderson became an advocate for suicide prevention shortly after Allemand’s death.
“I’ve been given a platform in the NBA,” Anderson told Sports Illustrated in 2014. “I know when I’m done playing, people aren’t going to really care about me, the way I shot three-pointers. But during this time when I have a voice, I think it’s really important for me to talk about it.
Anderson’s journey hasn’t been easy, but he’s found happiness again.
“I’m real excited about it. I got a great girl so I’m happy,” Anderson said, via the Houston Chronicle.