25 Athletes You'd Want to Hang out with

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

25 Athletes You'd Want to Hang out with

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    If you're a dude, there's no denying that it's easy to develop a little man crush on another guy.

    It becomes a little natural thanks to their overall coolness, the way they handle themselves in public and, more importantly, the girls they're able to land.

    That's why we're putting together a list of athletes most fans would want to take some time to hang out with.

    Whether it's for eating a quick dinner or hanging out in the VIP area, here are some players that would be more than entertaining to kick it with.

Skylar Diggins

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    She's one of the best women's basketball players in the entire country—oh yeah, and she happens to be one of the absolute finest as well.

    More than just looks or hard court game though, Diggins seems like she knows how to have fun, breaking it down whenever she has the chance. 

Nate Robinson

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    Besides the fact that the Bulls' Robinson isn't a towering force like other NBA players—making him seem a lot more normal when he's around you—he's one of the funniest guys in the league, often joking with teammates whenever he gets the chance.

    Known for his hops after winning a record three NBA Dunk Contests, we wouldn't be too upset plotting his next prank or dunk.

Paula Creamer

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    We admit to developing somewhat of a middle school crush on Creamer thanks to her Twitter account.

    For having good looks and a very down-to-earth attitude, the 11-time PGA winner (including one Major) is welcome to come join us for a night on the town anytime she wants.

Kelly Slater

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    No matter Slater's age—he's actually 41 already—the pro surfer is so dope we only wish we were half as cool as him.

    It must be pretty cool to become a legend in the sport of surfing, which is predominantly known as the ultimate bro sport.

    Hell, this guy could be 75 and we still think he'd be as legit as he is now.

Clayton Kershaw

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    While thinking up this list, we had already considered putting the Dodgers ace among the top 25.

    Then we saw him jack a bomb in the bottom of the eighth on Opening Day, pitching a shutout against the defending World Series champs.

    Add in the fact that he may be the best lefty in the Majors—and is about to get paid—we could get down with chilling with him.

Marshawn Lynch

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    This one comes because of a soft spot for the Seahawks running back.

    True story: While visiting Seattle during last season with our girlfriend, we hit up Lynch for some tickets out of the blue to the Monday Night Game against the Packers.

    No joke, he left two tickets for us at the box office.

    We got to see one of the most controversial plays in NFL history thanks to him, which is exactly why we'd buy him a brew or two to thank him.

Floyd Mayweather

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    If you ask most sports fans, they'll probably talk about how much they absolutely hate Mayweather. 

    While we agree he comes off as a complete prick who basks in his own money and fame, that's exactly why we'd want to hang out with him.

    He makes serious loot and has time to kill, so who wouldn't want someone like that to have in their inner circle?

Dirk Nowitzki

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    Dirk's not only one of the best players in the league, but he's one of the softest spoken and most respectful too.

    But just because he's not vocal on the NBA planks, doesn't mean he's a hermit who's not having fun.

    We've probably all seen those pics of him with former 'mate (and good friend) Steve Nash a couple years back.

    Let's just be honest, dude's from Germany, so he knows how to have a good time.

Derek Jeter

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    The Yanks' captain is one of the most interesting in the entire world.

    A natural-born leader and winner, it'd be cool to hang out with Jeter just to see what in the hell he actually does outside of playing baseball and dating hot chicks.

    Besides all that, with the girls he's pulling in each night, we're sure their friends wouldn't exactly be unattractive either.

Brian Wilson

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    When a guy says he, "Feels like raging right now," in response to his emotions following a World Series title, he sounds like the type of guy we'd get along with.

    One of the biggest partiers and characters in sports, the current free agent closer has some time on his hands to hit the town, so let's see what hilarious pics he gives us on his Twitter account.

Usain Bolt

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    Must be nice to be Usain Bolt.

    On top of being the world's fastest man, he's holds six Olympic golds, a bevy of records and after completing all of his events in less than a couple minutes, he has plenty of time to just kick it.

    If you don't think he lives that up, you're not aware of his Instagram.

Alex Morgan

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    She's absolutely every guy's crush, so why wouldn't we want to hang out with her?

    Blessed with unreal soccer talent, she scored the double-whammy by getting some seriously good looks too.

    When you see her Halloween costume from last year, it's clear she's got a funny side too.

Blake Griffin

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    Blake's really made serious leaps—and we're not just talking on each dunk he throws down. No, we're referring to the fact that he's as high as he is on our list here.

    But he's quietly approaching the title of becoming the NBA's marketing whore—sorry Bron.

    We can't get enough of him in the Kia commercials, and with his personality coming through on the court and off it, No. 32 seems to know how to have a lot of fun.

Paul Bissonnette

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    If you want to know what it's like to be a pro athlete, go ahead and follow the Coyotes' winger on his Twitter account.

    Routinely posting pics of him partying with smokin' hot ladies or other conquests and adventures he goes on with his bro-tourage, he's become a legend on the social network, proving that he'll have fun no matter if he's in-season or not!

Rickie Fowler

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    There aren't too many stories about the reserved Fowler going out and going haywire like some other guys out there, but by his overall bro-ness, it appears he knows how to have a good time.

    If there's any guy in golf who just seems chill, it's him.

    He's not short of creativity either, as he proved with his "Golf Boys" buddies in their most recent video from earlier this month.

Kyrie Irving

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    An absolute star in the making, Irving may get a little more love from us because of our Cleveland roots, but with the potential to be the next great point guard in the league, it's not all favoritism.

    On top of his game, Kyrie earns serious props for his personality—and his Uncle Drew persona—where he proves that any baller can be young at heart.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Anyone who has read any of our other articles knows that we're not the biggest Ronaldo fans out there, siding with Lionel Messi most of the time.

    But when it comes to charisma and personality, CR7 has a ton of it.

    A known party boy who will take over the town and flash some serious bank, he'd be a good guy to have around when out at a bar, wouldn't you think?

Aaron Rodgers

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    Whenever Rodgers is around, never think that there's a picture he won't find his way into.

    Besides being one of the premier signal-callers in the NFL, Green Bay's Super Bowl-winning quarterback is famous for his pregame photobombing, showing that just because he's great, doesn't mean it has to be business all the time.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

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    We always feel bad when compiling lists like this because, for better or worse, these two Thunder teammates always seem to be grouped together.

    But with them being the same age (24)—and on top of their games—we just can't help it.

    They may not have the same personality, but they both seem like a couple guys we'd hit the town or just sit around and play video games with.

    It also wouldn't be too bad to have them around in case you need a couple dudes to play in a three-on-three tourney with.

Rory McIlroy

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    We've long said that being a pro golfer is the best job on earth because they play a sport that the majority of guys hope to play once they finally retire from working a 9-5 every single day.

    Well Rory just so happens to be one of the best in the world at it, and at just 23 years old he's still young enough to get down after each Major victory—as he should.

Shaun White

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    White isn't only one of the premier athletes in action sports, but let's face it, the Flying Tomato's also one of the coolest out there.

    That's usually the case when a guy becomes a sensation as an early teenager for snowboarding and skateboarding.

    Though he's had a few forgettable moments when tossing back some booze, that only proves that he doesn't hold back, which means he'd fit right in with us.

Johnny Manziel

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    It kind of sucks that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner decided to stop tweeting, because we admit to living vicariously through the 20-year-old's partying ways.

    Like most people who gain success at a young age, he toasted each town he was in by snapping pics of him with celebs, hot chicks and other shenanigans.

    We'll wait till he's actually legal to take him to the bars, but trust us when we say we want a chance to help him celebrate his 21st—we bet it'll be eggs.

Rob Gronkowski

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    Gronk might not only be the greatest tight end in the NFL right now, but he's fortunate enough (in our minds anyway) to hold the title as the best partier in sports too.

    As the premier bro out there, he does what he wants, when he wants, and never apologizes for it—well, except for that one time.

    Dude knows how to have a ball wherever he is, so to be around that for even a night would definitely give us some solid memories.

Patrick Kane

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    Though the Hawks' winger hasn't had too many memorable moments lately, the more we recollect his 2012 Cinco de Mayo day, the more we just know he'd fit right in with our buddies and us.

    Kaner throws it down, grows it out and is one of the best players in the league right now, so you better believe we'd head out in the Windy with this guy.

    We're thinking somewhere around Wrigleyville or Lincoln Park for some late-night debauchery.

LeBron James

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    As a Cleveland fan, we've obviously been hard on LeBron since he screwed us on national TV.

    But just because we boo him and try to convince ourselves that there's someone better in the league than him, doesn't mean it's true.

    Everyone has to respect The King.

    Guy is worth hundreds of millions, yet still tackles an unassuming fan after nailing a half-courter earlier this season, photobombs teammates during interviews, dominates on the court and is just a kid at heart.

    How can't you like the guy?