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TV FAB: VH1 Reveals FULL Official “BASKETBAL​L WIVES: L.A.” Cast & Premiere Date

 

We previously reported that "Basketball Wives" was expanding to LA, and we also told you that Shaunie O'Neal isn't too happy about the cast or the "jumpoff" drama in store. And now we can confirm the cast is exactly who has been reported (plus a few extra), and also when the full court drama starts. Oh, and one of Chris Brown's former jumpoff is in the mix.

 

Get the deets inside....

 

Drama fans get ready. VH1 Monday nights, starting August 29 at 8pm, will be all about what it looks like when ladies in expensive shoes throw drinks at each other during the "Basketball Wives LA" debut.  And today, VH1 has announced the full cast of ladies who I am sure will have us glued to the TV sets.

GLORIA GOVAN – fiancée of LA's Matt Barnes, Gloria may be fairly new to the West Coast, but not to viewers of Basketball Wives. After relocating to Los Angeles and surviving Barnes' first season playing for the most recognizable team in the world, she's keeping busy both as a mom to her twins and taking on a new challenge: easing into the Southern California lifestyle.


LAURA GOVAN – sister to Gloria Govan, Laura may be rebuilding her life with just her kids and brand new baby to keep her company, but she's never alone as Govan family ties run strong. Like her sister, Laura has no trouble speaking her mind or sticking up for family when things get rough.


KIMSHA ARTEST
self-described 'partner' of Ron Artest and mother of three, Kimsha is proud of her New York (Jamaica, Queens) roots and not a fan of living in Los Angeles. After seventeen years with Artest, she's rolled with the punches when it comes to the basketball lifestyle. Kimsha refuses to resign herself to the LA "party" lifestyle, also shying away from the bling.


IMANI SHOWALTER – ex-fiancée to player Stephen Jackson and mother of three, Imani has fought hard against being stigmatized since parting ways with her famous ex and isn't shy to confess that she hasn't dated since. A former singer with a New York girl group, Imani says she's in the process of "rediscovering what makes me happy again... I want to find my passion and that’s where I want to go.”


MALAYSIA PARGO – wife of Chicago's Jannero Pargo, Malaysia grew up in Compton, California before meeting her husband at 22. On being a basketball wife, she confesses that she always has her guard up and that one has to be a strong individual in order to live this lifestyle because it will "swallow you up and spit you out."


JACKIE CHRISTIE – wife of retired player Doug Christie, Jackie claims to have the strongest marriage in basketball, and it shows: she and Doug renew their vows every year! Bulldozed in the press for being overbearing and controlling in her relationship, she's not one to hold her tongue, even with other players' wives. She loves the spotlight and seems unfazed by her reputation as a polarizing figure in the world of basketball wives.


DRAYA MICHELE – Draya is an alleged former stripper, and currently a "model" and aspiring actress in Los Angeles with several music videos and magazine covers to her credit. A controversial beauty with a history of dating Chris Brown and ball players, the funny and engaging Draya says "I have a million haters. I open the list of haters and it rolls across the floor."

REALLY need to start a campaign to ban the word HATERS.  Anywho, this cast sounds pretty interesting.  August 29 at 8pmET/PT.  I'll be watching...

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DONT GET THE POINT OF THE

DONT GET THE POINT OF THE SHOW.I HAVE A DAUGHTER and i am glad she is twobecause i wouldnt want her to follow in the footsteps of them females.plus if u aint currently married to a ball player like LALA(Mellos Wife) i really dont think they should be on the show. Its so much fakeness going on.. its nothing but a bunch of nonsense drama hating on Draya lol lmao leave that chik alone cus i wish i could trade shoes which yall ladires for one day..i definately would not be worried about what the next chik does or how she lives her life long as im handeling mine. then because we are black women i feel like some of the women on the show are making us look bad then we wonder why our black men are getting rich marrying these white females..lol have some class for a change just because you black with money doesnt mean you have to show how ignorant you can be. i amsure you all have children and wonderful lives but i wish i can see yall be more productive but the things i am seeing on tv with yall are making Black women look bad..Draya keep doing your thang girl and remember this scripture" let him without fault cast the first stone" sin is sin..
Mz Tasha Nicole's picture

so what your telling is that

so what your telling is that gloria sister the one who slept with chaq is gonna be on the show with shaunie this is not gonna be good theres about to be alot of fights yall funna see shaunies dark side lol can't wait .
Anonymous's picture

Laura Govan need to get rid

Laura Govan need to get rid of them dam CRUELLA eyebrows. You got all that damn money, and you cant get your eyebrows done without looking like a clown?
Anonymous's picture

Since Shaunie is so “Bad” Azz

Since Shaunie is so “Bad” Azz and pretends to be the Queen B, she should add Hoopz to the cast. Hell, fire all of them and replace them with Hoopz. This would be enough to make ratings go up and give her a taste of her own medicine. Shaunie needs to be hit in that bird nose of hers multiple times for creating this mess. Hell, Shaunie hire Supahead too bc we all know she slept with Shaq while you were married to him too and wrote about it in her book. That would make for great TV and maybe then I would love to watch the show to tune in to see you get beat like the dirty filthy rug you are.
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omg that was awesome..."bird

omg that was awesome..."bird nose" lol thanks for a good laugh
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wasn't Draya arrested for

wasn't Draya arrested for abandoning her son alone in squalor at home by himself for months???? wthell?
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I wonder if Shaunie's b&tch

I wonder if Shaunie's b&tch azz will do cameos on this show but I bet not bc she is scared of Gloria after Gloria told her what she was and cussed her out lovely. Evelyn was so quiet then. If it were Suzie or Jen going after Shaunie, she would've threw water on them. Shaunie, you big "bad" WOLF, you think your are the GodMother BAD AZZ, well if you are- get rid of Tami's GUTTER azz, matter of fact all of those girls and just hire Hoopz. PLEASE do us all the favor and add Hoopz to the cast. All you need is her to make the ratings go sky high bc I am 100% SURE Hoopz will not let you control her and she will beat the ish out of your trifling azz which we are ALL dying to see.
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jane's picture

WAIT isn't this the chick

WAIT isn't this the chick GLORIA GOVAN who smacked around Matt Barnes a few weeks back? Weren't they both involve in a fight? WTF? JACKIE CHRISTIE – wife of retired player Doug Christie Now this one I really like! DRAYA MICHELE <--- is a straight up "HOE"! What baller is she attached to? Is her illegitimate child by a basketball player if not WHY THE F*CK is this scant on the show? Side-eye this line up (other than JC)! Though I loath money grabbing scan Shawnee O'neil (girl I still remember that you were married and having an affair with Shaq, got pregnant and that's how you got him) but I think she might be right about these hood rats!
Anonymous's picture

thnx for that info i had no

thnx for that info i had no idea that haunie had been married before and she had that 1st baby wit shaq outta wed lock and she got the nerve to put everybody else shit on blast wtf
Anonymous's picture

If they was gonna have a

If they was gonna have a video chic why not Keyshia Dior. She is prettier, has more exposure in music videos, and is running more than one business. Plus i have not heard any drama from her. They dont even describe Draya as CB girlfriend, they say ex fling. And if her claim to fame is sleeping with ballers and chick can be on this show.
Anonymous's picture

Right?! And this Draya person

Right?! And this Draya person she now has a man, so why does she even want to be on the the show. Her claim to fame is Chris and she has been connected to KD, Kenyon Martin..other than that nothing. Still...thats not a reason to be on the show.
Anonymous's picture

the show is gonna be stupid

the show is gonna be stupid and this draya chick is a non motherfucking factor as diva from the original BBW would say monica gonna get hers for breaking up shannons marriage and leaving her baby daddy high in dry in ATL im basically done with BBW cause Tami porbably not coming back and she my fav besides shaunie phony how you gonna let laura woman who had an affair with your husband be on your show with her sister who you followed to her car but didnt bust nothing BOOO
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I think this show is getting

I think this show is getting a little out of hand... I'm def not a hater not trying to knock anyone's hustle but come on... If you're not a wife you're not... Draya?? So because you had a few nda dicks in your insides that makes you a relevant cast member for a show titled nbd WIFES?? I'm confused...
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FIRST OF ALL GLORIA IS A

FIRST OF ALL GLORIA IS A BABYMAMA TOO, NOT MARRIED! HER SISTER LOOKS SO "EVIL" MAYBE ITS THOSE EYEBROWS OF HERS...LOL...I'LL WATCH BUT I STILL LIKE SHAUNIE'EM BETTER THEY'RE MORE UNDERSTANDABLE....PLUS LA IS SO FAKE AND PHONY! ITS SO SURPRISING I REMEMBER GLORIA'S SISTER ASKED HER ON THE FIRST SEASON OF BBW "WHAT DID SHE GET OUT OF BEING ON A SHOW LIKE THAT" AS IF SHE WOULD NEVER, NOW LOOK WHO'S ON LA BBW-EX WIVES SHOW.. THAT SNEAKY ITCH "LAURA"! LOL.. I GUESS THAT BBWIVES REALITY SHOW LOOKIN REAL GOOD NOW THAT SHE'S SINGLE WITH BUNCH OF KIDS, RIGHT...WHATCH YA MOUTH, SEE YA NEVER KNOW...I GUESS SHE DOESNT WANT TO MOVE BACK TO OAKLAND EITHER, LOL stupid HO! DONT CARE FOR GLORIA EITHER, CORNY HOODRAT! BUT ALL THE OTHER LADIES ARE OKAY....PEACE
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Yeah they are going to "link"

Yeah they are going to "link" her to KD and Kenyon Martin apparently. The Shannon thing is/was a like. MTO made that one up...like they do all the time. However, she still has NO purpose on that show to fight with other wives...
Anonymous's picture

yes she is on the show to

yes she is on the show to cause drama with the other wives...that is all. she is using the show to "promote" her acting career.
Anonymous's picture

She is going to be linked to

She is going to be linked to Kevin Durant (they used to fool around) and apparently she actually dated Kenyon Martin and Deshawn Stephenson...and these were Both back in 2010. The Shannon mess was a LIE that MTO made up...every other blog debunked it that day and the chick even said it was a lie. I agree I have NO idea why she is on the show...she was never married or engaged to a baller AND doesnt she have a man now??? They really put her on there to start fights with the other girls....ratings. smh.
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THEY JUST NEEDED ANOTHER

THEY JUST NEEDED ANOTHER ROYCE (EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS A BASKETBALL BABY MAMA) SHE WAS TO A DANCER
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No idea why she is oin the

No idea why she is oin the show. 1) she is a neglient parent 2) she isn't being linked to or slept with shannon-that is a mto lie they picked up from the baby mama, same day that mess came out all these other sports blogs debunked and said it was a lie BUT she will be linked to KD, vince carter etc. 3) this show is getting worse and worse-a jumoff
Anonymous's picture

so far I like watching the

so far I like watching the show, but because most of the show is scripted imhaving a hard time relating to which part is real and which part is fake. I really feel like Draya should not be part of the show unless she is guest appearancing because she has never been married to a ball player and the othergirls seem to just pick on her anyways then be fake in her face. another thing How the hell can anyone come on the show and judge her background anyways when number one laura freaked Shaq!! she has skeletons, when gloria has a great man and still is confused about marrying him(cold feet) plus she supports the fact that her sister freaked a Married man.. the rest seem kool for now ido like Milaysia and I guess the other two wives who were onthe show in the beginning decided not to be involved inthe bullshit. As single mothers we all have our issues..Only God can judge Draya not saying that it is right for her to leave her child alone but if she had supportive family she wouldnt have needed to leave her son alone so she can work.. dfurthermore her mom should be to blame as well cause she cpouldve helped out ijs..anyways Them women on that show are no better than the previous ones on last season..they should be tryna have a girls back instead of clowning her .. plus I think out of all the other women Draya is the most beautifulso yall chiks need to quit hating..
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Wow, they put a groupie on

Wow, they put a groupie on the show? I swear, hoes are winning this year.
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that thing shaq cheated with

that thing shaq cheated with is beyond ugly!...black men love anything non-black or not all black!
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Ok I'm not understanding wtf

Ok I'm not understanding wtf Draya has been added to the show, I mean being a groupie/sidepiece is not a BASKETBALL WIFE OR GIRLFRIEND!!!!! SMDH at this mess, Chris Brown better get his lawyers on this & make sure Draya don't mention his name on the show because judging by the way she tweets she's gonna be trouble on this show. Those other ladies that's married & engaged better not have their men around her!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Ok I'm not understanding wtf

Ok I'm not understanding wtf Draya has been added to the show, I mean being a groupie/sidepiece is not a BASKETBALL WIFE OR GIRLFRIEND!!!!! SMDH at this mess, Chris Brown better get his lawyers on this & make sure Draya don't mention his name on the show because judging by the way she tweets she's gonna be trouble on this show. Those other ladies that's married & engaged better not have their men around her!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

I WILL BE WATCHING AND GLORIA

I WILL BE WATCHING AND GLORIA IS WAY PRETTIER THEN HER SISTER LAURA
AMBRIELLE's picture

I would think tha bball wives

I would think tha bball wives Los Angeles would consist of wives, girlfriends and whatever else they could consider to have had a personal relationship with the bball lifestyle of LOS ANGELES team players. So that means The Clippers and The Lakers. who cares ifyou just live. ugh anything for a show huh?
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Please ban the word HATERS,

Please ban the word HATERS, especially in a Beyonce post!
Anonymous's picture

Sure Draya is the 1st to not

Sure Draya is the 1st to not even be the baby mama or exgirlfriend of. An NBA player, but they need a triflin ghetto chick to set it off and she fits the bill. All those other woman like to pretend to be high class and need a groupie to push their buttons.
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yeah, her being on this show

yeah, her being on this show is random as hell.
Anonymous's picture

your right ... I did not

your right ... I did not think of it that way XD
Anonymous's picture

It should be BBWifey's b/c

It should be BBWifey's b/c the majority are not WIVES...DAMN ANYTHING FOR A DOLLAR!!! I WILL NOT BE WATCHN...
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And Draya was that chick who

And Draya was that chick who was arrested for leaving her 7 year old son at home alone for days at a time while she was out being a video hoe and groupie!
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why is this show called

why is this show called wives????? the term wife is used to loosely now days!
Anonymous's picture

how does Draya fit in this

how does Draya fit in this scenario....no hate jus sayin....it is called Basketball wives..this seems like its going to be ghetto
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Draya ho azz...no bueno i

Draya ho azz...no bueno i like jackie christie lol
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THESE B*TCHES LOOK LIKE MEN

THESE B*TCHES LOOK LIKE MEN AND THEY LOOK BORING AS HELL. AINT NOBODY WATCHING THAT
NICOLE's picture

Uhhhh......Isn't Laura the

Uhhhh......Isn't Laura the one that slept with Shaq while he and Shaunie were married?
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@Chris Brown, or ANY of his

@Chris Brown, or ANY of his staff - Dude, call your lawyer! When they're done, they're going to make you look like that Eric dude: a complete buffoon!! CALL YOUR LAWYERS, CHRIS! What happens what you have a gaggling brood of black women, with drinks in hand sitting in front of cameras? ..Black Men:BAD! Black Women:Victims! White Men:Heroes! Chris, do you see what Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh did? YOU do the same: "protect your brand" (which you're now rebuilding) and CALL YOUR DAMN LAWYERS..!! Chris, do you remember what Draya did to "you and JS"? She had that girl's head ALL TWISTED UP! I mean, let's be honest, JS wasn't the smartest/tightest lace-front in the closet; nevertheless.. Trust, as I now type this comment, your name is now being written into the script. CHRIS, CALL YOUR LAWYERS! X,Y,Z
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I'm confused? Draya was with

I'm confused? Draya was with Chris Brown for a sneeze! They were more 3 week friends with benefits then anything. I can't imagine why his name would ever be mentioned. I thought the NBA ballers that sought legal rep. were in actual relationships either married or long-term gf/bf with baby type relationships. I don't think Chris has anything to fear. Draya ass will catch a TAMI ROMAN beat the f*ck down!! LOL
Anonymous's picture

What's the point of naming

What's the point of naming the show basketball WIVES if your going to include.........people like Draya?
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to get idiots like u to watch

to get idiots like u to watch it
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lol.....funny because i don't

lol.....funny because i don't watch that crap
Meanwhile@theBatcave....'s picture

Which one of these chicks are

Which one of these chicks are Chris Brown's jumpoff?! O_o
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