They argued about whether certain bills had been paid. Or at least, they tried to argue. They teased each other with wide grins. Within seconds of the debate, they were giggling. But despite her small stature, her presence is powerful. Her voice commands attention. Now Alexander is about to embark on her next entertainment project, a reality show that will have cameras following her life in the suburbs and her foray into the athletic-training business.
She and Shaq also share a new pit bull that he named Shamrock — for obvious reasons. The best part of the top-floor space is the tiny bathroom attached to it, which is almost all pink with a comically low ceiling. Are they getting married? Hoopz is coy about it. She said yes without knowing too many details. Alexander won that competition, too. She began appearing in magazines and did some pinup modeling — becoming Hoopz, the brand.
Louis, and saw an autographed picture of Shaq on his wall. She told Yella that she had met Shaq and thought he was cool. Shaq was divorced at that point and was ready for a new relationship. They almost met their match — practical jokes, being daredevils, and just having fun and being uplifting personalities. After the two split, she wound up staying in Tennessee. Alexander made him dive into a quarry. She took him fishing and to a Waffle House. She forced him to listen to her favorite musicians — Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift.
It was culture shock. Hoopz turned out to be incomparably witty, and compassionate. When he decided to dress up like a woman and run around Boston on Halloween, she dressed up as his pimp. Shaq paused for a moment, trying to explain it.
Well, they do have a live-in chef and other fancy services, but their lifestyle is surprisingly modest in some ways. They like to go to the Coach Grill down the street. They watch a lot of television. The first person to the car wins. And while she prefers to stay in sleepy Sudbury, Alexander does make it into Boston. She goes to every Celtics home game and can be seen at the TD Garden shouting for Shaq to get off the bench. She tweets about her local experiences TheRealHoopz.
From the sound of it, all that will be fodder for the new reality show. In the meantime, the big question facing them was what they wanted to do on this cold night. He stared her down. Alexander stared back, as if they were having yet another contest, but eventually she broke down laughing. It was hard not to. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein globe.