For two stars of the San Antonio Spurs, next week’s two NBA Finals games at AmericanAirlines Arena could feel like home.
That’s because, public records show, Spurs Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter are both area homeowners.
Ginobili, 36, bought a three-bedroom, three-bathroom beachfront condo on the 15th floor of the Sayan building, 16275 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, in 2007.
Ginobili paid $1.28 million for the crib.
He had a partner listed on the deed: fellow Argentine Pepe Sanchez, who played in the NBA for two seasons before embarking on an illustrious career in Europe.
Miami-Dade County records show Ginobili bought out Sanchez’s share of the 2,300-square-foot condo at Christmas, making him sole proprietor. Ginobili also paid off their $960,000 mortgage.
As for Brazilian Tiago Splitter, 29, San Antonio’s flopping and clawing center, he has been paying property taxes here since 2008. He’s got a 49th-floor condo at 950 Brickell Bay Dr. in downtown Miami.
Splitter spent $598,000 cash, according to records, for a tiny two-bedroom with second-to-none views on Biscayne Bay.
Rap superstar Pitbull received an honorary degree from Doral College at a joint graduation ceremony with Doral Academy Preparatory high school Tuesday night.
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Miami product Pitbull, 33, whose real name is Armando Perez, received a long standing ovation from students who hadn’t been told about the surprise appearance by the singer of Timber.
Just like the 100-plus graduates, Pitbull, who doesn’t hold a higher-education degree, donned a black cap and gown.
And he politely waited until after the ceremony to tweet: “Thank you so much, I’m honored.”
Pitbull, the first to receive an honorary diploma from Doral College, told the grads not to forget why their schools were founded.
“I remember being kicked out of a public school because I didn’t have the right address. That’s why I want better schools for the kids who live where I grew up,” the rapper said.
School officials said the ceremonial degree was bestowed on the chart-topper because of his “tireless devotion” to his community.
TRUMP FEELS AT HOME
Miami Beach jet-setter Ivana Trump — Donald Trump’s ex and mother of his first three children — likes it so much here that she’s giving up the Palm Beach mansion that’s been her summer hangout for 20 years.
Ivana, 64, signed the contract to sell to a yet-to-be-identified buyer for about $18 million.
That’s more than four times what the platinum-blond socialite paid for the nine-bedroom, 14,000-square-foot beachfront home.
Trump owns a condo at Murano at Portofino in SoBe.
DOLPHINS’ GOOD DEED
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, teammates Brian Hartline and Charles Clay and a half-dozen high school helpers descended on the Fort Lauderdale home of an injured U.S. Marine Tuesday to plant some flowers and beautify his yard.
Sandra Einhorn, director of Rebuilding Together Broward County, says Tannehill contacted her to find a family that could use his and the kids’ help, and she sent them to soldier Brook Ehrenfried’s home on Northwest Seventh Place.
“They just wanted to put in some community service,” Einhorn said.