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Basketball Wives LA: Cast Promo Pictures Released

VH1 and Shaunie O’Neal Basketball Wives franchise has expanded to Los Angeles. After three seasons of Basketball Wives Miami, LA has joined the pool with an interesting cast. Shaunie had previously expressed her disdain for the casting choices when she stated, “The L.A. cast – there are some wives and fiancés, which I’m fine with. But there’s a little bit of trash kind of sprinkled into that cast that I’m totally against. I was really very hands off with that cast.” Pretty much washing her hands clean of the process – though it’s worthy to note that sisters Laura and Gloria have a strained relationship with Shaunie over her ex-husband Shaquille’s alleged infidelity with Laura. Meet the case in all their glory below:


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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Basketball Wives LA premieres August 29th at 8pm – will you be watching?

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18 thoughts on “Basketball Wives LA: Cast Promo Pictures Released

  1. prettyNpink says:

    Umm no… this show isn’t necessary. They look horrible, ghetto, and trashy. No, I take that back. Not all of you look trashy, kudos to Gloria and Imani. But honestly, I doubt this show will get better ratings than the originals.

  2. Boooooooooo says:

    Totally agree with Shaunie! Take out the trash! I can drive down any city street and watch hoodrats like Draya Michelle. Alleged stripper? LOL She stripped for YEARS at delilahs in Philly. Tell her to go the hell home and take care of her son. Yeah promote a childabusing stripper great job VH1. Not watching this bullisht will stick with the original.

  3. nene says:

    EEWWW shaunie girl i see why you stay hands off with these females.. they look a mess and from the spin off that we saw on the reunion these females are TRASH! I ALWAYS give people a chance so I will be tuned in but I honestly don’t think these woman will gain anything positive from Basket ball wives LA. Gloria im surprised Matt let yo ass on the this show. You already looking like a ghetto hood rate.talking about “On site, ima beat yo ass on site.” ummmm since when did you start talking so hood. when you got around them ghetto ass LA bitches lol CALM down

  4. yolanda says:

    This seasons cast are actually basketball WIVES. I’m excited to watch, hope they do more than gossip and fight. They seem like they wont feud over tweets!

  5. sue says:

    Laura Govan is not pretty at all the way her sister went off on Shaunie o’ Neal i swear that she was some drop dead beauty please shaunie that woman is not even in your class

  6. amber says:

    Basketball wives LA IS HORRIBLE!!! missing the Miami girls already. Very disappointed the network couldn’t do better then these girl’s.

  7. Creolebelle says:

    Ugggh Kimsha looks like a black ugly funky man , and Malaysia hoodrat trash , everyone else is okay !

  8. TEE-TEE says:

    A HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT MESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS PLEASE YOU REALLY NEED TO JUST LET THIS GO AND THE MEN SHOULD BE A SHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hot Chix Rock says:

    Uh, I’m so over this show and it’s just getting started! I can’t believe these women are the best they could find. It’s complete a downgrade. Next…

  10. Candi says:

    I have watched the first two episodes. This is a show for the books. It depicts everything America thinks about African American women with a little change in their pockets. No class, appears to be uneducated, loud and totally an embarrassment. Most women mature and with age and having kids because you want to be example setters to them. These woman are not mature and show it. Shaunie you are so much better than this trash show. At least BW-Miami had class and yes some drama but nothing of this magnitude. Grown women fighting in public making complet asses of themselves shows me they have truly not matured for this level of exposure. CANCEL THIS GARBAGE and let these so-called women go back to their respected corners.

  11. Candi says:

    Totally agree!!

  12. Lina says:

    The show is Ghetto and it is haterism all around the cast is sick. I can’t belive VH1 authorized something like this. They all need to get a LIFE they act like they are bosses not. TRASH and HOODRATS

  13. vanessa says:

    Is this what being in a rich click is like. they are all two faced and hatful… What has happened to these women

  14. Taj Mahal India Tours says:

    Royce is a hot mess she can not speak or show anything about her child or his father. How can she call Elevyn a whorer when every season she has a new man and Royce is messy. Jen do u and u will find the right one go on some dates and try and have fun Elevlyn although u have said the words before Tami, u also said that about Royce/Suzy first early last year. I think it is wrong to profit from the fallout with tami. Find another way to make money. Tami could print shirts says u are a jumpoff. Would u like that? Tami first of all u need to calm down ur husband was a serial cheater did u fight all of them—no so leave Elevyl alone. Eleven good luck with Chad. Why would ever be call a golddigger is beyond anyone with good sense. She had no BABIES FOR THIS MAN-SHE LOVED SHE COULD HAVE HAD CHILD SUPPORT. So she was a real woman, she was for in it for love not money.
    Tami needs to act like like a woman not ready to fight. Good luck ladies. C

  15. Lynette says:

    I am very disgusted with Basketball Wives LA. This show depicts black women in a very negative light. They are straight messy. There’s only two on the show that are actually wives. The rest have kids with no husband. So in reality, the show should be called Basketball Baby Mama’s LA. It’s amazing how they pick on “Draya” like they all back in High School. They need to grow up and like grown women. Who digs into other peoples arrest record. I agree, this show needs to be canceled because it casts black women in such a negative and stereotypical light…

  16. Jonie says:

    DRAYA IS DA ONLY OUT OF DIS BUNCH I LIKE.
    DESE OTHA BITCHES ALL CLEARLY JEALOUS OF DRAYA BECAUSE SHE HAS WHAT DA REST OF EM WANT AND DAT IS LOOKS, NICE SHAPED BOD, AND FAME.

    GLORIA IS A FAKE ASS BITCH, HER SISTER IS SLOPPY AND GOES AROUND AND FUCK OTHA PEOPLE HUSBANDS AND NEEDS TO STOP STUFFIN’ HERSELF W DEM HAMBURGERS AND CHEESEBURGERS, IMANI IS SHADY AND ALWAYS STICKS HER NOSE WHERE IT DON’T BELONG AND SHE NEED HER ASS WHOOPED, KIMSHA IS JUST LIKE LAURA, SLOPPY, MALAYSIA IS A TWO SIDER, PLAYING BOTH SIDES OF DA FENCE, AND MISS JACKIE IS THE TACKIEST ONE OF DA ALL, SHE AIN’T NOTHIN BUT AN OLD, SLOPPY, FAT ASS HAG TRYING TO KEEP UP WIT SOME YOUNG CHICKS AND WHO DA FUCK GET MARRIED TO DA SAME PERSON YEAR AFTER YEAR ?!? ALL DESE BITCHES NEED TO KICK ROCKS AND DRAYA NEEDS TO DISTANCE HERSELF FROM DESE SLOPPY WHORES

  17. miyoki ming says:

    They need to call this show bitter basketball wanna be wives!

  18. miyoki ming says:

    Exactly!!!!!

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