Sharon Stone is in love again - with retired Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Rick Fox.

Fox, who split from his wife Vanessa Williams in 2004, has reportedly started dating the BASIC INSTINCT star, but the couple are keen to keep their romance a big secret for the time being, according to American publication In Touch.

A source says, "Rick is smitten with her. He is waiting for the opportunity to take her out in public."

At 36, the sports star is 11 years younger than Stone, who was recently romantically linked to Scottish chat show host Craig Ferguson.