When Nia Long announced that she was pregnant the first question on everybody’s mind was, who is the dad?
Well, the father of the baby is her long time boyfriend, and basketball player, Ime Udoka, according to People magazine. The 33-year-old guard plays for the San Antonio Spurs.
With the prospect of an NBA lockout looming, at least the journeyman from Portland State has something to look forward too.
The couple told People, “This is the most exciting time in our lives. Words can’t explain how thrilled we are by the new addition to our family. We feel truly blessed and appreciate all the well wishes and prayers.”
This is not Long’s first child. According to the magazine, she already has a 10-year-old son named, Massai, from a previous relationship. This will be Udoka’s first child.
Long, 40, has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies throughout her career. She played Sherry Pierce in “Big Momma’s House” in 2000, and played the same role in the 2006 sequel.
Most recently she was the voice of Roberta Tubbs in the “The Cleveland Show” for 13 episodes in 2010.
She appeared in 45 episodes of the cop drama “Third Watch” playing officer Sasha Moore from 2003 to 2005.
Her boyfriend, Udoka, began his NBA career in 2003 with the Los Angeles Lakers, playing in only four games. The next year he appeared in eight games for the New York Knicks.
His most productive season came with the Portland Trailblazers during the 2007-2008 season when he played in 75 games, averaging 8 points per game. Last year with the Spurs, Udoka appeared in 20 games.