When I first heard about the Basketball Wives reality show I thought “Oh great, yet another reality show”. I did not give it a second thought until I saw the CRAZY trailer – drama! This guilty pleasure show is about 6 best friends who have been or are in a relationship with a basketball star. In VH1’s Basketball Wives you will see that the life of an NBA player’s significant other isn’t all the glitz and glamour you would expect it to be. This reality TV series will follow: Shaunie O’ Neal – who recently divorced Shaquille O’ Neal, Suzie Ketcham – who was with Michael Olowokandi for 10 years, Jennifer Williams – wife of Eric Williams, Royce Reed– Dwight Howard‘s ex girlfriend / baby momma, Erikka Moxam – ex girlfriend of Rasual Butler (have very little info on her), Evelyn Lozada – who dated Antoine Walker for 10 years, and Gloria Govan – who is engaged to Matt Barnes. Check out the trailer and read more about the ladies below…
Evelyn “Eve” Lozada (@FirstLadyEve), 34 years old, is a Puerto Rican beauty who was born in Brooklyn but raised in the Bronx. She is the ex-fiancée of former NBA player Antoine Walker (of the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies). She was engaged to the controversial Antoine Walker, who she dated for 10 years. Antoine Walker is said to be broke and facing legal troubles for unpaid gambling debts and failure to maintain properties he owns in Chicago. Walker was signed to the Guaynabo Mets of the Puerto Rican Basketball League but after a few months has been released from the team. Walker has been said to be a cheater and it is because of his unfaithfullness (and possibly lack of money) that Evelyn called it quits.
Evelyn was an assistant to a well known celebrity attorney and eventually met Antoine Walker. She has a 17 year old daughter and co-owns an upscale shoe boutique, Dulce, in Coral Gables, Florida.
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Jennifer “Red Carpet” Williams (@RedCarpet_17), 34, is a classy woman who grew up in the upscale suburb of South Orange, New Jersey. She is married to the former NBA player Eric Williams (of the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, and Charlotte Bobcats). She met Eric Williams in 2000 and explains that being the wife of an NBA star has its perks, but that this type of lifestyle is dysfunctional.
Jennifer is a high end real estate agent and successful owner of a women’s work out company called Flirty Girl Fitness. Their company offers effective and fun workouts such as Abs and Booty, Hottie Body Boxing, Video Vixen, Yoga Fusion and more (sucks they are not out here in L.A!) Williams also supports countless charities and has founded Project Save the World to help fight different causes.
Royce Reed (@Roycelr), 29, was born and raised in Orlando and graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in Theatre, Education and Humanities. She is an athletic former gymnist, competitive cheerleader, and was a dancer for professional basketball teams in both Miami and Orlando. She met Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic while she was a dancer for the team during the 2005-2006 season. She is Dwight’s ex-girlfriend and gave birth to his son, Braylon Howard, in November of 2007. Royce had to take Dwight to court in 2008 for child support and Dwight took Royce to court twice last year. In one case, Dwight won a permanent injunction against Royce in which she is banned from speaking or writing about Dwight in any shape or form. In the second lawsuit he sued Royce for $9,205,000 in damages for defamation of character.
Despite the trials and tribulations between the pair, Royce has continued on with her life and has started her own Burlesque Dance Company Fantashique and they have been performing around Florida.
Suzie Ketcham (@iLuvSuzie) is the social butterfly of the group and is a luxury real estate specialist. She met (now retired) NBA player Michael Olowokandi (of the Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics) while attending college at Pepperdine University and became pregnant with their first child together her senior year in college. They had two children together in their 10 year relationship before they finally split. Suzie has lived in New Jersey, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles but now resides in Miami. She has connections world wide and is sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Miami” since she seems to know everyone.
Gloria Govan, 24, is the youngest of the bunch and is of African American, Mexican and Hawaiian descent. She is from a prominent family of nine and is from Oakland but more specifically she grew up in the affluent Bay Area suburb Orinda, which is just east of Oakland. Gloria studied international business at San Franscisco State University and met NBA star Matt Barnes (of the Fayetteville Patriots, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns) when she was 12 years old. After going their separate ways they reconnected when Matt played in Northern California. They are now engaged to be married and have two beautiful identical twin boys: Isaiah Michael and Carter Kelly.
What is interesting about Gloria is that her sister, Laura Govan, is the mother to NBA star Gilbert Arenas’ 3 children and was recently caught in a scandal when intimate messages between Laura and a then married Shaq were made public. Laura and Shaunie O’ Neal were supposedly friends but apparently Laura has been in an affair with Shaq for several years. But that’s a WHOLE other (long) story (read about it here) so let me just end it now.
Gloria is the executive director of Matt’s foundation Athletes vs Cancer in which they raise cancer awareness and raise money for cancer research. Gloria is also involved with many other charities.
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And last but definitely not least is Shaunie O’Neal (@Shaunie_O), 35, who just recently divorced from NBA Super Star Shaquille O’Neal, most likely because of his cheating ways. Shaunie and Shaq have four children and Shaunie is set to launch her own shoe line.
There isn’t much more I could say about Shaunie since this divorce was more publicized in comparison to the other women on the show. We all know Shaunie came up big in the divorce settlement and lately she has been seen with a new, younger man – 23 year old model Marlon Yates. She seems to be coping with the divorce rather well. Or I guess we will just have to wait and see what is really going on in Basketball Wives.