With Basketball Wives quickly finishing up its ridiculous (in a great way) third season, focus has started shifting to the recently announced Basketball Wives: LA, an opposite coast spin-off of the VH1 hit that looks to be every bit as explosive as the original.
While previously announced cast member Tanya Williams has a more reduced role this season, the show has added two new ladies to help spice things up. Joining the Govan sisters, Kimsha Artest, Imani Showalter, and Jackie Christie are Malaysia Pargo, wife of Chicago Bulls guard Jannero Pargo, and Draya Michele, aspiring actress and model best known for dating r&b singer Chris Brown. (It’s not specified who Michele has dated in the past in order to be on the show, though.) Michele also gained headlines earlier this year with an arrest for child endangerment.
The more news that comes out about Basketball Wives: LA, the more it seems like a powder keg just waiting to explode. The show has already experienced some media drama, as Basketball Wives producer Shaunie O’Neal has dismissed some of the cast as “trash” and Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas has tried to get the show, which features his ex Laura Govan, pulled, so you can only imagine what’ll happen when this thing actually gets going. I mean, while there are women on the show who don’t seem to be about the drama (Ron Artest’s partner Kimsha doesn’t like LA or the party lifestyle it offers, Stephen Jackson’s ex Imani hasn’t dated since him and is trying to get back on her feet, Malaysia sounds guarded and focused), it’s more than made up for by the presence of the rest of the cast. You have the Govan sisters, who were lightning rods for drama during their time on Basketball Wives, infamously eccentric Jackie Christie, and obviously messy Draya, so it looks like the show will continue to balance the positive and uplifting with the controversial blow-ups, just like its mothership.
And that’s perfectly fine with me.
Basketball Wives: LA debuts Monday, August 29th at 8:00 on VH1.
Have the new cast moves made you more interested in Basketball Wives: LA? How do you think it will compare to the original show? Are there any notable wives that you’d like to see on the show in the future?