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Who? Dallas Mavericks Backup PG J.J. Barrea Dating A Former Miss Universe

Dallas Mavericks backup point guard J.J. Barrea has managed to put himself in a place where he can now breathe the rarefied air usually inhaled solely by Marko Jaric as he has become the latest average-looking NBA player to figure out a way to land a gorgeous gal which in all respects, should be well out of his league.

But giving hope to regular guys the world over – well, regular guys who make millions of dollars while carving out a marginal career playing in the NBA – Barrea showed up at teammate Jason Kidd’s charity casino gala last week escorted by Zuleyka Rivera, a fellow Puerto Rico native like Barrea who just so happens to also hold the title of Miss Universe 2006.

Allow me to take a moment for those who are unfamiliar with exactly who J.J. Barrea is and link to a photo of the overachieving ladykiller. Yep.

Now, Barrea is by no means some kind of ghastly beast with the capacity to frighten children and clergy members with one look, nevertheless, one feels compelled to assume that Barrea must some accomplished Lothario with unparalleled seduction techniques. Let’s take a look at how he landed the lovely Rivera (via ESPN Dallas):

Barea had met Rivera briefly at a few celebrity events in Puerto Rico. So when he heard that she had broken off a long-term relationship a little while back, Barea figured it was time to stop dribbling and make a pass.

How does one go about contacting Miss Universe?

“Text message,” said Barea, who did his own reconnaissance work to obtain her phone number. “I sent her a message to say hi, something simple like hope you’re doing good.”

Wow. Talk about Smooth Talker, Betty Crocker. That’s some major courtship skills on display right there. It’s hardly fair: money, fame and the ability to send lame text messages. That’s a triple threat, kids.

J.J. Barea dating Miss Universe 2006 [ESPN Dallas]