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J.J. Barea Is Living The Dream

J.J. Barea has had an up-and-down season on the court, but it's already been a great year for him. That's because he's dating one Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006. 

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How does one go about contacting Miss Universe?

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"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."

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She was. But, she was also in Miami, where she lives and works as an actress, starring in telenovelas.

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They began to talk via telephone and texts, and Rivera invited him to Miami before he headed to Dallas.

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"It was an awesome first date," Barea said. "We took a private boat in Miami Beach and then went to a restaurant and hung out. Then I had to go to Dallas the next day."

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Nice job, J.J.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.