“Basketball Wives” is a reality TV show featuring the lives of ex-wives, ex-girlfriends, wives, and girlfriends of professional basketball players. Apart from being related to basketball players, some cast members are best friends outside the show. The first season of “Basketball Wives” premiered on April 11, 2010. The show ran for five seasons until it was canceled in 2013.
VH1 revived the show in 2017, picking it up for the sixth season. The 7th episode of season nine, which was also the last episode of the series, aired on March 23, 2021.
Why was season nine cut short, and when will the next season be released? Read on to learn more about the premise, cast, and latest news related to “Basketball Wives.”
What is “Basketball Wives” About?
“Basketball Wives” features the personal lives of women who have been or are romantic interests of NBA stars. You get an unfiltered view of the personal lives of these women as they go through life events and experience varied emotions.
We can see the women bonding with friends, having tough conversations with family, grieving over the loss of a loved one, mending relationships, and going after what they want from life.
The episodes of Basketball Wives were filmed in Miami, New York, Houston, Dallas, and other cities. While season three of “Basketball Wives” was airing in 2011, VH1 released a spinoff of the show, entitled “Basketball Wives LA,” which was primarily shot in Los Angeles and had five seasons in total.
Where Can You Watch “Basketball Wives?”
You can stream “Basketball Wives” on the following platforms:
- YouTube TV
- Google Play
- Paramount +
- Amazon Prime Video
- Hulu +
- DirecTV stream
Most Cable TV users can watch “Basketball Wives” on the VH1 channel.
Everything You Need to Know About the Cast of “Basketball Wives”
Although the show is called “Basketball Wives,” the cast members are mostly ex-wives or ex-girlfriends of basketball players. Most are entrepreneurs or professionals. Let’s review some of the cast of “Basketball Wives.”
Royce Reed is the ex-girlfriend of NBA champion Dwight Howard. She appeared in the first four seasons of “Basketball Wives.” She has played roles in the movies “First Lady” and “Call Time.” Unfortunately, her relationship with her ex-boyfriend has dragged her into controversy.
Suzie is the ex-girlfriend of former professional basketball player Michael Olowokandi. She appeared in the first five seasons of “Basketball Wives.” She officially resigned from the show after completing season five. Currently, she is working as a real estate agent.
Gloria is the ex-wife of former NBA professional Matt Barnes. She starred as a regular character in the first season of Basketball Wives. She discontinued “Basketball Wives” when she realized that she and the producers were not on the same page regarding the amount of personal life she was okay with sharing on television.
Jennifer is the wife of Eric C. Williams, a former NBA professional who was active between 1995 to 2007. Jennifer has appeared in all seasons of the “Basketball Wives,” except season five. Currently, she is working on her apparel business.
Evelyn Lozada is the ex-wife of former NBA basketball player Antoine Walker. She has consistently appeared on the show across all seasons. Apart from being a TV personality, she is also a model, author, activist, and owner of a cosmetics and accessories business.
Shaunie O’Neal is the ex-wife of one of the greatest NBA players of all time, Shaquille O’Neal. She is one of the executive producers of “Basketball Wives,” and a regular personality on the show. She has created and produced another TV show entitled “Shaunie’s Home Court.” The show can be considered an extension of “Basketball Wives,” as it gives us a deeper look into Shaunie’s life.
Malaysia’s real name is Laquisha Pargo. She is the ex-wife of Jannero Pargo, an NBA coach, and a former professional player. She joined “Basketball Wives LA” and continued to be a part of the series when “Basketball Wives” season six revived in 2017.
Jackie married Doug Christie, a professional basketball coach, and former NBA professional. They were married in 1996, and their marriage is still going strong. Like Malaysia Pargo, she joined “Basketball Wives LA” and has regularly appeared in the series across all nine seasons.
Ogom “OG” Chijindu:
OG is the girlfriend of professional basketball player Kwame Alexander. She joined the show in season seven and has appeared until season nine, despite having a major dispute with the cast members in season eight. She has also played professional soccer.
What Happened in Season 9 of “Basketball Wives?”
As we spectate the lives of these basketball wives and exes, some events happen that change the show’s direction or significantly impact the women’s lives.
Here are the most notable events of season nine of “Basketball Wives:”
The feud between Ogom “OG” Chijindu and Evelyn continues:
OG accused Evelyn of making colorist remarks about her in season eight. The feud continues in season nine. More accusations are made, and OG’s relationship with others weakens throughout the season. At one point, OG digs out old text messages of Evelyn’s ex-husband, Chad Ochocinco, hitting on her in response to Evelyn saying she was ugly. Things become serious when Evelyn and OG file a lawsuit against each other.
Shaunie moves to Houston:
Shaunie moves to Houston to stay closer to her children. It makes her miss the sisterhood in LA. It also implies that we will see less of Shaunie in the next season.
George Floyd’s death distresses Malaysia:
Malaysia’s brother died at the hands of cops in 2013, so George Floyd’s death makes Malaysia emotional. When Kristen asks Malaysia why she didn’t attend the protest, Malaysia told her that George’s death triggered her fear of the police.
Evelyn’s stepfather dies:
Evelyn’s stepfather had contracted COVID-19 and developed pneumonia. Her family is distraught when her stepfather, Larry, passes away in the hospital by himself.
OG and Kwame move into a new house:
OG makes a big decision and moves to a new house with her boyfriend. With all the drama she is going through, she finds comfort by confiding in her boyfriend.
The wives rent two mansions together:
Evelyn and Malaysia, along with three of their friends Liza Morales, Feby Torres, and Kristen Scott, rent a mansion. Shaunie also joins them while Jackie rents a different mansion for herself, OG, and Jennifer. Most of the action happens between these two mansions. We see the cast empathizing, working out their differences, and gossiping about how they really feel about other members of the show. We see some arguments between OG and other members about the issue of color.
Malaysia and Jackie make up:
Malaysia and Jackie have a falling out in season eight when Jackie spreads rumors of Malaysia being a neglectful mother. In season nine, they sit and talk things through. Jackie promises never to spread rumors, and both women get back to being on good terms — although Evelyn is wary of things working out between her and OG.
Two new faces join the show and develop a disliking for OG:
Nia and Noria Dorsey, two sisters, arrive at Jackie’s mansion and become a part of the show. Noria is married, while Nia is single. After several conversations between the cast, we discover that Nia, Noria, and Jennifer have developed a disliking for OG because of her conduct.
OG accuses everyone of racism and offends Jackie:
Toward the end of the season, OG accuses everyone of racism — and this offends Jackie, the only person who has good things to say about OG. With everyone turning against her, OG might be deciding to quit “Basketball Wives.”
Why Was Season 9 of “Basketball Wives” Cut Short?
Every season of “Basketball Wives” has at least ten episodes (except season one) and a reunion episode. However, season nine was cut short at the seventh episode, and there are no plans for a reunion episode.
Evelyn Lozada confirmed that production was canceled due to COVID restrictions in a tweet.
Will There Be a Season 10 of “Basketball Wives?”
VH1 has not given an official word for the release of “Basketball Wives” season ten. However, Hip Hollywood exclusively reported that season ten is in production, and Brooke Bailey, Brittish Williams, DJ Duffey, and Angel Brinks will be joining.
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