Meet Juanika Amos Ellis, wife of NBA star Monta Ellis. The couple met in Juanika’s hometown of Memphis Tennessee in 2006. When Ellis met Juanika, he knew something was different about her. They argued, Ellis said. He added, “Juanika had no problem putting me in my place when I needed to be put into place.”
The pair married on July 2010 at the at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church downtown. The reception was held in the Memphis Ballroom at the Peabody. They have a son, Monta Jr., and a daughter due in May 2011.
Monta credits Juanika as his unofficial life counselor for his personal growth. He says Juanika tells him what he needs to hear, even if it’s not what he wants to hear. Juanika, a Memphis police officer, is six years older than Monta, who just turned 25 this year.
Peep the interview below of Monta, Juanita and their son.
Monta Ellis currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. Ellis entered the 2005 NBA Draft after graduating from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi. The Warriors drafted him in the second round.
In 2008, Monta re-signed with the Golden State Warriors for a six year- $66 million dollar contract.