Mavericks guard J.J. Barea dating Miss Universe

Updated: March 31, 2011, 1:33 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan

Dallas Mavericks backup point guard J.J. Barea arrived nattily attired and fashionably late to Jason Kidd's Charity Casino Night last week. When he walked through door, heads turned as if on a swivel.

But that's protocol when a Miss Universe walks into a room -- arm-in-arm with her basketball-playing boyfriend.

Listed graciously by the Mavs as 6-feet tall, but really pushing 5-10, Barea already has beaten the odds on the hardwood in his fifth NBA season. And now ...

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