And then there are the times when they must get a hold of him for urgent business. I'm just trying to support from home and hold it down.". So it's been fun." These are their basketball diaries. At that point, I knew he was the one. I'm not even going to go anywhere. So we're here. She's been out to eat about twice, McKenzie estimates, and she's been "super cautious" about being in quarantine. And that gives you that inner motivation to push through your day. And for some reason, even though he's way in Orlando, it still works. "They always wear their masks," she says. SHARE. ", McKenzie said, "He played on a court that was literally cement. Really, though, it's just more strangeness piled on top of strangeness, the Caldwell-Popes first getting used to staying put at home in Atlanta after the NBA season was abruptly suspended on March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then having to create a new, unprecedented routine once the teams reported for Orlando in early July. And while KCP was helping Kenzo with his math lessons when school went online in the spring, now the homeschooling is up to Mom alone (and she, like countless parents, was hoping that kids would be going back to school by now). "He's away doing his job, so that's somewhat normal, right, because he's used to kind of being away, in and out. Also incorporating a workout in [is important]. Even for Sip 'N Style I'm getting my makeup done, just because it makes me feel good. Kentavious and his teammates had an extra night in town and happened to show up at our event (fate! That is our first initiative. I mean, every day we have so many packages coming up! Too shy to make the first move, Kentavious had a friend do the introductions. Kentavious Tannell Caldwell-Pope (born February 18, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). There's so many fitness pages right now that do live classes on their Instagrams or YouTube channel...yoga, the Peloton is  super popular right now, anything like that—all things that you don't even have to leave the house" to do. News. "It was good just to get away from the noise, but then I'm kind of missing it," he told the Los Angeles Times after being in the bubble for five weeks, explaining how his older boys do a fair share of shouting at each other, and love to start playing or watching TV at 7:30 a.m. while he and his wife are trying to sleep. Home is where her family is, but work is where the closet it. News. So I started reaching out to my friends that I know—I call them my fashion friends—that I know have a super-dope closet or I know have super-dope style. "I didn't think I would say I miss my kids making all type of noise. ", When Kenzo turned 8 in May, the NBA star wrote on Instagram, "Since day 1 I've watched u grow into this creative and brilliant young man! These types of things can be far more complex than people would like to think. "My husband is from a town that has less than 900 people," McKenzie told E! And now they're speaking exclusively with E! "I definitely think it's harder on me and I hope I'm not being selfish by saving that," she explained. "I always say, being a mom is the hardest job and the best job. For me, I'm at home now, I can't really leave because we have the three kids—I really don't get out.". She continued, "I just have to tell them, 'Oh, I'm going to call your dad.' And when am I going to see you again?" "I'm so used to him coming home from practice, he peels off his clothes like a snake skin and they just lay on the floor—and I pick them up, or whatever! So, you know, they still listen, but not having him in tangible [form] I guess is the biggest difference.". With their partners locked down in Florida, scores of women have been left to navigate work responsibilities, bedtime routines, middle-of-the-night feedings, meal prep and, in some cases, even childbirth without their teammate. McKenzie said that telling her boys she's going to call their father remains a good tactic when it comes to imposing a little discipline. ", She continued, "I really love the Wives Association." ", On the flip side, McKenzie admits that she even misses picking up after her husband. "I'll take them to Smoothie King—for some reason they're super into getting smoothies right now....They'll say, 'Mom, I need my mask, or 'we can't go to Chuck E. Cheese because of coronavirus, right?' Your source for entertainment news, celebrities, celeb news, and ​celebrity gossip. So, if McKenzie wasn't quite sure what to expect in Orlando before, the atmosphere is going to be even more charged now. I'm going to be at home. McKenzie said that telling her boys she's going to call their father remains a good tactic when it comes to imposing a little discipline. And then there are the times when they must get a hold of him for urgent business. ", On the flip side, McKenzie admits that she even misses picking up after her husband. Being the only female in the house, I like to look at myself as the queen of the castle and I deserve a little me time! I'm like, my house is too clean, what is going on?! The answer: "Let's go live. So, you know, they still listen, but not having him in tangible [form] I guess is the biggest difference.". That is our first initiative. My Instagram Live TV Show Sip N Style is my current favorite venture. She continued, "I just have to tell them, 'Oh, I'm going to call your dad.' Earlier this year McKenzie launched her own Instagram Live show, Sip 'N Style in which she and her guests talk about all things fashion, accessories and glam—and, yes, you can buy your own blinged-out cup to literally sip along. "I know a lot of the girls, whether it be Amazon or Louis Vuitton, we are all shopping in the quarantine! ). 4years of marriage and I still feel the same way about you the day I fell for you baby! And while a championship run would mean her husband of four years (who's often familiarly referred to by game announcers as KCP) will be away from home until October, at least hoisting that trophy at the end of perhaps the most fraught, emotionally taxing NBA seasons of all time would suggest the inconvenience was well worth it. When McKenzie Caldwell-Pope heard about the NBA's plan to sequester her husband and his fellow basketball players in a not-all-that-figurative bubble so they could finish the season and eventually crown a champion, she had two questions. The pains of long-distance parenting and romance aside, McKenzie is proud to realize that she has tapped into a well of strength she didn't even know she had. They will FaceTime and talk about it. "The kids like to FaceTime now," McKenzie told E! I went, and we've been together ever since"—albeit long-distance until they got engaged. I'm like, my house is too clean, what is going on?! He said they painted the lines on it themselves, so they're not even regulation. Today we’d like to introduce you to McKenzie Caldwell-Pope. I love you young king. It's been great. I love interviewing my friends, because I know they feel comfortable with me, and we'll just talk about what's in their closet. Overall, has it been relatively smooth? ", When Kenzo turned 8 in May, the NBA star wrote on Instagram, "Since day 1 I've watched u grow into this creative and brilliant young man! "My husband is from a town that has less than 900 people," McKenzie told E! Like for so many basketball families right now, FaceTime has been a saving grace, with KCP telling the Times he calls the boys when they wake up in the morning or right before they go to bed. ", As far as her leisure time goes, she stays busy "trying to be creative to find things for the kids to do. McKenzie is grateful for the support system she has through the National Basketball Wives Association, a philanthropic-minded group of women who not only can commiserate during strange times such as these (without worrying that they might sound out of touch to the average wife and mom), but are there to lift each other up whenever they're feeling low. McKenzie says that she's not sure how, exactly ("I don't know if it's TikTok or what"), but her kids are very in tune with coronavirus-era protocol. ", Outside the NBA Bubble: Nina Westbrook Reveals Her Trick For Staying Close With Husband Russell Westbrook. "Anytime they want something because they like to order things on Amazon, I'm like, 'Call your dad.' Too shy to make the first move, Kentavious had a friend do the introductions. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. He plays for the Detroit Pistons and they were in town to play the Dallas Mavericks. Like many of the players who found themselves with unprecedented time on their hands this past spring, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope used the opportunity to get a project he'd been working on for about a year off the ground, another way to give back to the community that formed his early life. "I have always been extremely protective over my son, Kenzo, and hadn't dated anyone else since he was born," she told LoveStoriesTV in 2016, when she and KCP tied the knot in a Gatsby-themed ceremony in Atlanta. Moreover, guests are expected to quarantine at home for seven days before they enter the bubble and for seven days at the hotel once they're there, before they can reunite with Dad/Son/Husband/Brother/Partner. In early August he announced the launch of Never Give Up, an initiative aimed at providing better opportunities for families in his hometown of Greenville, Ga.—where he played high school ball and, in normal times, he holds a summer camp. "My initial reaction was, how is this going to work? "I realized that I feel like I can handle anything," she said. So they've been really entertaining for me, too. I love you young king. So I'm like, let's just talk about that! She has a phenomenal story and she was kind and... We’re thrilled to introduce you to  Shakira Reedus. He loves that show, so I sent him those and his favorite candy. A Caldwell-Pope reunion is more imminent, though, with players being allowed guests inside the bubble starting in the second round. Now, this is like the perfect avenue. News. He said he just wanted to go back to where it all started. "It's just really great." But, you know, it just makes me feel good to do that one thing for myself. "After we spoke for a while he invited me to come see him play," McKenzie recalled to Brides.com in 2017. I always feel guilty for taking time away from my family. The hoops don't even have nets, it's just a metal hoop. I'm not even going to go anywhere. We like to do back to school drives and we do something around Thanksgiving," such as giving out turkeys.