Basketball Wives

Basketball Wives


Basketball Wives is a reality television series that premiered on the VH1 cable television network on April 11, 2010. Created by production company Shed Media US, the series follows the lives of a group of women who have all been somehow romantically linked to professional basketball players. Despite "Wives" in the title, some of the women aren't even married. The show is filmed in Miami, Florida, and beginning with season four, partially in New York City. Season four premiered on February 20, 2012.

The series spawned a Los Angeles-based spinoff that premiered in 2011, featuring former castmember Gloria Govan.[1]


The first season made its debut April 11, 2010 and started off at 30 minutes per episode. The second season premiered with a new cast member, Tami Roman, on December 12, 2010. The episodes were also extended from 30 minutes to an hour. The third season premiered on May 30, 2011 and with a new cast member added to the show, Meeka Claxton. The fourth season premiered on February 20, 2012 at its original time 8/7c with two new cast members, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols and the departure of Claxton. After the fourth season, Shaunie O' Neal made major changes to the cast by firing Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed, and Kesha Nichols.



    • Shaunie O'Neal (Season 1-Present), Ex-Wife of Shaquille O'Neal
    • Evelyn Lozada (Season 1-resent), Ex-Fiancee of Antoine Walker
    • Suzie Ketcham (Season 1-Present), Ex-Girlfriend of Michael Olowokandi
    • Tami Roman (Season 2-Present), Ex-Wife of Kenny Anderson
    • Kenya Bell (Season 4-Present), Wife of Charlie Bell

Former Cast Members

    • Gloria Govan (Season 1-2), Wife of Matt Barnes
    • Meeka Claxton (Season 3), Wife of Speedy Claxton
    • Jennifer Williams (Season 1-4), Ex-Wife of Eric Williams
    • Royce Reed (Season 1-4), Ex-Girlfriend of Dwight Howard
    • Kesha Nichols (Season 4), Ex-Fiancee of Richard Jefferson

Cast history

Cast MembersSeasons
Suzie Ketcham Main
Evelyn Lozada Main
Shaunie O'Neal Main
Tami Roman Main 
Kenya Bell Main
Royce Reed Main
Jennifer Williams Main  
Kesha Nichols   Main
Meeka Claxton   Main  
Gloria Govan Main  

Recurring Cast History

Cast MemberSeasons
Nia Crooks Recurring
Eric Williams Recurring
Ashley Walker Recurring
Gloria Govan Recurring
Kim Russel Recurring
Juli Richmond Recurring

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesSeason PremiereSeason FinaleReunion
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


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 demo, reaching 1.6 million total viewers.[2] Basketball Wives Season 2 finale bought in 2.281 million viewers.[citation needed] Basketball Wives Season 3 premiered, attracting 1.828 million viewers.[citation needed] Episode 8, brought in 4.568 million viewers in the initial 8 pm EST airing.[citation needed] Part 2 of the Basketball Wives reunion took in 2.873 million viewers on the premiere.[citation needed]

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