Basketball Wives

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Basketball Wives
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Genre Reality
Created by Shaunie O'Neal
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 95 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Mark Seliga
  • Shaunie O'Neal
  • Pam Healey
  • Amanda Scott
  • Sean Rankine
  • Lisa Shannon
Camera setup Multiple
Running time
  • 22 minutes (2010)
  • 44 minutes (2010–present)
Production company(s) Shed Media
Original network VH1
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release Original series:
April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11) – October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)
Revived series:
April 17, 2017 (2017-04-17) – present
Followed by Basketball Wives LA
Related shows Ev and Ocho
Shaunie's Home Court
Baller Wives
External links

Basketball Wives is an American reality television series that premiered April 11, 2010 on VH1.[1] It chronicles the lives of a group of women who are the wives and girlfriends, or have been romantically linked to, professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association, though the title of the series does not make this differentiation, solely referring to the women as "wives". For the first five seasons, the show was filmed in Miami, Florida, and beginning with season four, partially in New York City.

Basketball Wives spawned a Los Angeles-based spinoff, Basketball Wives LA, which premiered in 2011. VH1 announced the original series would return after a five-year hiatus with its sixth season premiered on April 17, 2017. The setting of the show has relocated to Los Angeles, effectively combining the casts of the original series and Basketball Wives LA. On April 16, 2018, VH1 announced the show's return for a seventh season, which premiered on May 14, 2018.


Basketball Wives debuted on April 11, 2010, with thirty-minute episodes. The second season premiered on December 12, 2010, with expanded sixty-minute episodes and featured new cast member Tami Roman.[2] Season 3 made its debut on May 30, 2011, with new cast member Meeka Claxton.[3] The fourth season premiered on February 20, 2012, with two new cast members, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols and the departure of Claxton.[4] The fifth season premiered on August 19, 2013, with Tasha Marbury joining the cast.[5] According to a tweet from Tami Roman after the fifth season, the show has been quietly though officially canceled at that time.[6]

On March 27, 2017, VH1 announced on April 17 that the series would be returning after nearly four years off-air, with Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O'Neal, Tami Roman, Jackie Christie and Malaysia Pargo returning to the franchise. Keonna Green, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Cristen Metoyer and Aja Metoyer joined the cast as recurring cast members.[7] Brandi Maxiell, Elena Ahanzadeh and Saniy'yah Samaa also joined the series as recurring cast members. Hazel Renee joined the series as a recurring cast member halfway through filming the sixth season, as well as Jennifer Williams, who was a cast member on the show from seasons 1–4.

Series synopsis[edit]

Overview and casting[edit]

The series would star Former Dancer Royce Reed, Suzie Ketcham ex-girlfriend of Michael Olowokandi, Gloria Govan fiancee of Matt Barnes, Jennifer Williams wife of Eric Williams, Evelyn Lozada ex-fiancée of Antoine Walker, and Shaunie O'Neal wife of Shaquille O'Neal. As well as Erika Moxam joining the supporting cast.

All cast members returned for a second season, with Tami Roman, ex-wife of Kenny Anderson. With the demotion of Govan to the supporting cast alongside Ashley Walker, Juli Richmond and Kim Russell

All main cast members from the previous season returned for a third season. With Meeka Claxton wife of Speedy Claxton added to the main cast. Eric Williams is promoted to supporting cast member

With the exception of Claxton, all main cast members from the previous season returned for season four, including Kesha Nichols and Kenya Bell.

The cast underwent a major cast change for the first time in the show's history for season five, with only Ketcham, Roman, Lozada and O'Neal returning from last season's main cast. They were joined by Tasha Marbury, wife of Stephon Marbury. Bell was demoted to the supporting cast.

The cast underwent a major cast change for the second time in the show's history for season six, with only Roman, Lozada and O'Neal returning from previous season's main cast. They were joined by Jackie Christie wife of Doug Christie and Malaysia Pargo ex-wife of Jannero Pargo. With Bonnie-Jill Laflin first and only female scout, Sisters Aja and Christen Metoyer, Keonna Green girlfriend of Nick Young, Elena Ahanzadeh, Brandi Maxiell wife of Jason Maxiell, Saniy'yah Samaa celebrity stylist, Hazel Renee, and former main cast member Jennifer Williams as supporting cast members.

All main cast members returned for season seven with Williams promoted to the main cast. With the addition of Kristen Scott wife of former league coach Thomas Scott, CeCe Gutierrez girlfriend of former Los Angeles Lakers player and coaching legend Byron Scott and Ogom Chijindu professional football player as supporting cast members.

On September 17tg 2018 Tami Roman announce that she will not be back next season.

Timeline of main cast members[edit]

Wives Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Royce Reed Main
Suzie Ketcham Main
Gloria Govan Main Recurring
Jennifer Williams Main Recurring3 Main
Evelyn Lozada Main
Shaunie O'Neal Main
Tami Roman Main
Meeka Claxton Main
Kesha Nichols Main
Kenya Bell Main Guest2
Tasha Marbury Main
Jackie Christie Guest[1] Main
Malaysia Pargo Main
  1. ^ Appears in background cameo only.
  2. ^ Returns during the season finale as a guest.
  3. ^ Returns in a recurring capacity from episode thirteen onwards.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11)June 20, 2010 (2010-06-20)
212December 12, 2010 (2010-12-12)March 14, 2011 (2011-03-14)
312May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)August 22, 2011 (2011-08-22)
417February 20, 2012 (2012-02-20)June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)
510August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)
617April 17, 2017 (2017-04-17)August 14, 2017 (2017-08-14)
717May 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)September 16, 2018 (2018-09-16)


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