Review of VH1’s “Basketball Wives LA”

L-R: Imani, Draya, Laura, Gloria, Malaysia, Jackie

VH1 and Shaunie O’Neal had enough faith in the success of the original reality TV show “Basketball Wives” based in Miami (which has spanned three seasons to date) to expand the franchise to include “BBW Los Angeles.” It is currently five episodes into it’s first season.

I am a fan of the original “Basketball Wives” starring the one and only Evelyn Lozada, Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed, Suzie Ketcham, Gloria Govan, Meeka Claxton (season 3) and Tami Roman (my favourite) (season 2 and 3). Check out their bios here at VH1 if you’re not already down with the ladies back stories. The first season didn’t overly impress me, but I persevered and I am glad I did because Season 2 introduced Tami Roman who I feel added the spice and realness the show needed.

L-R: Suzie, Royce, Tami, Shaunie, Evelyn, Jennifer, Meeka

I have heard people state that you shouldn’t compare the two series but I can’t help it, realistically Miami came first so naturally it’s the precedent that sets the bar and expectations.

My Initial Impressions

My first impression of “Basketball Wives LA” after the first episode was these women (some) are ghetto as hell and just plain boring. Kimsha and Jackie look really rough. You have baller husbands, you can AFFORD to get your hair done nice and get some body and face treatments.

As the series has progressed I’ve warmed to it, the character that keeps the show alive, is really Draya who is the LA version of Royce. None of the girls like her but they string her along and want her to desire being ‘in the circle’ even though she’ll never be in it. 

I think their choice of group recreational activities are kind of strange, for example paintball, boxing, sex toy shopping, watching female strippers (and Draya’s photo shoot same same) and going to a wedding. It seems really forced along with their relationships with one another.

Cast Bios


Gloria Govan with fiancee Matt Barnes Image:

Gloria 26, was in the original “Basketball Wives” and skited about how perfect her relationship was with Matt, shortly after their wedding was called off and they were allegedly involved in a domestic altercation. Gloria is sister to Laura Govan who allegedly slept with Shaquille O’Neal. Gloria has twin boys (3 years)  is of African American, Mexican and Hawaiian descent and once played basketball herself.  She is supposed to be the new Shaunie O’Neal, the ringleader of the girls.

Basketball WIFE? No, basketball fiancee. 


Gilbert Arenas and Laura Govan

Laura, 31, is older sister to Gloria and has four kids, 11.5 years, 5 years, 4 years and a newborn with NBA player and former fiancee Gilbert Arenas. Laura was once said  to be a good friend of Shaunie O’Neal’s prior to the alleged affair she had with her husband Shaq. According to RealityTea and stated from Laura herself, Arenas ditched her and their children when he was traded to another team and cut them all off financially. Rough. But then again, the paternity of her fourth child is questionable, rumours suggesting it is Shaq’s. On the show, Laura is not the one to be messed with, she is no nonsense and carries a lot of resentment just waiting to be expressed in a throw down of epic proportions. Oh and her winglady, Gloria will be the first to back her up.

Basketball WIFE? No. Basketball ex-fiancee. 


Malaysia Pargo and Janerro Pargo Image:

Malaysia (formerly Laquisha), 30, has three children, 4 years and 11 month old twins and is married to baller Janerro Pargo. She was raised in Compton I guess you could call her a ghetto princess but she’s very likable. She was formerly a video vixen and that’s pretty much it for dirt. Don’t diss her city and talk smack and she won’t lunge across the table to whoop your ass.

Basketball WIFE? YES!!! She is!!


Image: VH1

Imani, 35 (or so she tells us), has three children, 14 years, 7 years and 5 years and is the ex-fiancee of Stephen Jackson. She was once a singer in a girl group It is rumoured that she got left at the altar by Jackson because she wouldn’t sign a pre-nup on the day OF the wedding and because she had lied about her age and other things. She is most the judgemental of the group and really dislikes Draya because of her life choices. 

Basketball WIFE? No. Basketball ex-fiancee. 


Kimsha, has three children is the wife of baller Ron Artest. She is not pictured in the top group image because she has since left the show. She is a New Yorker raised in Jamaica, Queens and doesn’t like the LA lifestyle and the associated drama, fakeness and materialism. Which makes you wonder, why would she want be on a show that epitomises all three in the first place?

Basketball WIFE? Yes!



Jackie, 43, has three children, 22 years, 18 years and 10 years and is the wife of retired player Doug Christie. She likes to make out to the other ladies she has the strongest marriage and rather ridiculously renews their vows every year. Why waste such a huge amount of money? Why do they feel they need an annual song and dance They’ve been married for sixteen years which means they’ve had sixteen weddings. She recently lost her mother to cancer. There are rumours that Jackie has a strained relationship with her daughters which you can read about HERE.  

Basketball WIFE? Yes!



Draya , 25, has one 8 year old  son, 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. She is of African-American and Italian descent.  It is rumoured that she had her child removed from her custody due to neglect. 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.”Mahogany Vogue 

 Basketball WIFE? No. Basketball wife top threat.

This post was requested by Miss R.O. What do you think of “Basketball Wives LA”? 

Miss Fancye


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