Basketball Wives

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Basketball Wives
Genre Reality
Created by Shaunie O'Neal
  • Shaunie O'Neal
    (Seasons 1-5)
  • Evelyn Lozada
    (Seasons 1-5)
  • Suzie Ketcham
    (Seasons 1-5)
  • Jennifer Williams
    (Seasons 1-4)
  • Royce Reed
    (Seasons 1-4)
  • Gloria Govan
    (Season 1)
  • Tami Roman
    (Seasons 2-5)
  • Meeka Claxton
    (Season 3)
  • Kesha Nichols
    (Season 4)
  • Kenya Bell
    (Season 4)
  • Tasha Mabury
    (Season 5)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 61
Executive producer(s)
  • Nick Emmerson
  • Alex Demyanenko
  • Shaunie O'Neal
  • Jill Holmes
  • Tom Huffman
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) Shed Media
Original channel VH1
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11) – October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21)
Followed by Basketball Wives LA
Related shows Ev and Ocho
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 have all been romantically linked to professional basketball players. Contrary to "Wives" being in the title, some of the women aren't married. The show is filmed in Miami, Florida, and beginning with season four, partially in New York City. The show premiered alongside the new series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business and What Chilli Wants averaging a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic, reaching 1.6 million total viewers.[2] The Season 2 finale brought in 2.28 million viewers,[3] with the third season premiere attracting 1.82 million viewers.[4] The fifth season debut acquired 2.39 million viewers.[5]

Basketball Wives spawned a Los Angeles-based spinoff, Basketball Wives LA, that premiered in 2011, featuring former cast member Gloria Govan.[6] Ev and Ocho was to be the second spinoff of Basketball Wives, but was shelved due to Chad Johnson being arrested in August 2012 on a domestic violence charge for assaulting Evelyn Lozada.[7] It has been confirmed by vh1 and Shaunie O'Neal that the Miami Wives will return with an all new revamped cast and one original member.


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.[8] Season 3 made its debut on May 30, 2011, with new cast member Meeka Claxton.[9] The fourth season premiered on February 20, 2012, with two new cast members, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols and the departure of Claxton.[10] The fifth season premiered on August 19, 2013, with Tasha Marbury joining the cast.[11] According to a tweet from Tami Roman, the show has been quietly though officially cancelled.[12]



Timeline Of Wives[edit]

Name Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Shaunie O'Neal Main
Evelyn Lozada Main
Suzie Ketcham Main
Jennifer Williams Main
Royce Reed Main
Gloria Govan Main Recurring
Tami Roman Main
Meeka Claxton Main
Kesha Nichols Main
Kenya Bell Main Recurring
Tasha Marbury Main

Main Cast[edit]


  • Eric Williams (Seasons 1-3) Ex- Husband of Jennifer Williams
  • Nia Crooks (Seasons 1 and 4) Assistant and friend to Evelyn
  • Ashley Walker (Seasons 2-3) Wife of Rafer Alston
  • Kim Russell (Season 2) Wife of Byron Russell
  • Juli Richmond (Season 2) Wife of Mitch Richmond


Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Reunion
1 9 April 11, 2010 May 30, 2010 June 20, 2010
2 13 December 12, 2010 March 6, 2011 March 13, 2011
March 14, 2011
3 12 May 30, 2011 August 8, 2011 August 15, 2011
August 22, 2011
4 17 February 20, 2012 May 28, 2012 June 4, 2012
June 11, 2012
5 10[13] August 19, 2013[11] October 21, 2013[13] N/A


  1. ^ Stanhope, Kate (December 7, 2009). "VH1 Gets into the Game with Basketball Wives". TV Guide. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gorman, Bill (April 13, 2010). "VH1 Scores Impressive Ratings With Series Premieres Of "Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business," "Basketball Wives," and "What Chilli Wants"". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert (March 8, 2011). "Second Season Finale of 'Basketball Wives" Is A Slam Dunk for VH1 with 2.3 Million Viewers". TV by the Numbers. 
  4. ^ Gorman, Bill (June 1, 2011). "Monday Cable Ratings: 'Pawn Stars' Tops Night; Plus 'WWE Raw,' 'Khloe & Lamar,' 'Real Housewives of NJ', 'Platinum Hit,' 'Breakout Kings' & More". TV by the Numbers. 
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 20, 2013). "Monday Cable Ratings: NFL Preseason Wins Night + 'RAW', 'Basketball Wives', 'TI & Tiny', 'Marrying the Game' & More". TV by the Numbers. 
  6. ^ Seidman, Robert (June 20, 2011). "Basketball Wives LA Cast Revealed". Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Pete O'Brien (August 11, 2012). "Chad Johnson arrested for domestic violence". USA Today. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Women of "Basketball Wives" Return for a Second Season on VH1". The Futon Critic. November 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Summer Nights Just Got Hotter With VH1's All-New Series and Returning Favorites". The Futon Critic. April 28, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "VH1 Heads Into the Fourth Season of "Basketball Wives"". The Futon Critic. December 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c "August Gets Even Hotter with the Return of VH1's Scorching Fan Favorites". The Futon Critic. July 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tami Roman confirmed ‘Basketball Wives’ cancellation? It has been confirmed by vh1 and Shaunie O'Neal that the Miami Wives will return with an all new revamped cast and one original member.". July 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "BASKETBALL WIVES on VH1". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 

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