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On last night’s Basketball Wives, Royce’s relationship is questioned by Suzie, and Jen and Evelyn channel their inner Jenna Jamesons while planning a divorce party for Jen. Shaunie decides to surprise her friends (that would be “everyone except Royce”) with a trip to Italy where Tami puts Meeka in the hot seat. First Jersey Shore, then Basketball Wives? I’m sure Italy HATES us.

Meeka and Jen meet up to discuss Jen’s blind date in New York. Jen admits that she was nervous at first, but overall she had a really good time. They relive the statement when Jen accidentally said she doesn’t like big things in her mouth, and Meeka thinks it’s the quiet ones you have to watch, because, you know that whole “lady in the streets” mantra.

Jen and Evelyn have a wine night to catch up on Evelyn’s reunion with her father and Jen’s date. Evelyn is very surprised that Meeka set up Jen, and feels her attempt at matchmaking proves that Meeka “tries too hard to be down.” She doesn’t think that Meeka knows Jen well enough to know what type of guy would be well-suited for her…and who sets up their (barely) friend up on a date with someone with the same name as said friend’s husband? Evelyn wants to know if Jen’s hit him yet..?? Does she mean doing the dirty diddle or physical assault? My bad, she means has Jen called him. No, she hasn’t, so I’m guessing it’s a negative to sex and violence as well.

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After taking heat for the portrayal of black women on Vh1’s Basketball Wives, Executive drama starter Producer, Shanunie O’Neal is speaking out in an article she wrote for, of all places, CNN.

Explaining her motivation for creating Basketball Wives, Shaunie describes: “I wanted to show what life is really like when you are with a professional athlete — and that sometimes all that glitters isn’t gold…” Of course, what came with that was non-stop drama off the court that totally eclipsed anything happening on it!

Of course, Shaunie defends her money making venture show and all the screaming and backstabbing that goes with it (because otherwise who would watch): “As you see on the show, I’m not a big supporter of the bickering, drink throwing and fighting, but when you put a group of strong, independent and vocal women who are going through or just came out of a bad relationship together, there’s bound to be a little drama…”

As for criticism of how black women are depicted on Basketball Wives, according to Shaunie she is well aware: “I certainly understand the opinion that the shows portrayal of black women is beginning to look somewhat negative. ” Shaunie goes onto describe: “The problem for me is when black women are portrayed as only being that way and labeled different than their non-black counterparts for the same type of behavior. That’s when it becomes negative and damaging to our image.” Good point – I think some recent episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County demonstrate that!

Shaunie better have her defenses up for the upcoming Basketball Wives: Los Angeles because the dramz has already started! NBA star Gilbert Arenas is claiming castmember Laura Govan who is the baby mama of his three children with another on the way, is illegally exploiting him by participating in the show so, according to TMZ, he is suing to prevent the show from airing!

According to the lawsuit, even though he will not be mentioned by name on the show, his name was already used in the press release to describe Govan’s relationship to professional basketball and “the very presence of defendant Govan and the title of the show is an obvious reference to [Arenas].” In addition to asking the judge to issue an injunction banning the show from airing, Arenas also wants cold hard cash.

Arenas also asserts Govan isn’t a Basketball Wife (true, but are ANY of them?!) but signed up for the show because she wants her 15 minutes of fame on the Tee Vee. Laura who was with Arenas for years but never married, also allegedly had an affair with Shaunie’s ex husband Shaquille O’Neal! Yikes! A picture of Arenas is below.

Laura photo credit – Jonavennci Divad.

So, what do you think of Shaunie’s explaination of how Basketball Wives portrays black women? Will you be watching Basketball Wives: Los Angeles?

Eric who? It seems Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams is doing just fine after filing for divorce from husband Eric Williams.

Jennifer has a new boyfriend according to the Necole Bitchie blog, who spotted Jennifer above with her new beau Lucas James at a recent event. So who is Lucas? Just an upgrade from Eric a celebrity trainer/nutritionist.

The Bossip blog adds that Jennifer and Lucas became official over the Memorial Day weekend, and the two have been spotted getting cozy in New York, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Miami. In fact Jennifer confirmed she is indeed dating Lucas and when asked if he’s going to be on the show, she answered no.

Lucas is described as a personal trainer with a “luxurious healthy lifestyle company,” who pushes his high-end clientele to make weight-loss a lifestyle as opposed to just a gym routine. Lucas however has a background in reality television. In 2008, he won “Date My Ex: Jo & Slade”, which starred Jo De La Rosa and Slade Smiley of the Real Housewives of Orange County.

More photos of Lucas and Jen below! And as for Eric, he tweeted days ago that Jen had gone “Hollywood.”

Meanwhile, the Basketball Wives threw a premiere party over the weekend in New Jersey sans Royce and Tami. Photos from that party below plus a photo of Jennifer with Nene Leakes at the BET Awards!

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On last night’s episode of Basketball Wives, Shaunie O’Neal gets the ladies together in NYC for some bonding and some peer mediation – but leaves instigator Meeka Claxton out of the loop! Jennifer Williams goes on a blind date with a new Eric, Suzie Ketcham and Royce Reed stay behind in Miami and therefore stay out of the drama, and Tami Roman and Evelyn Lozado make amends without coming to blows!

Things start off with Suzie meeting up with Meeka to discuss the argument at the Polo Match. Suzie is taking Meeka’s side, probably thinking that is the side Evelyn will be on so she can impress the mean girls with her ability to quickly ditch Royce. Meeka admits she probably should not have gotten involved in all the dramz and that her and Tami do not mesh. Taking an Evelyn like attitude about people not mattering if she doesn’t want them to, Meeka advises Tami to keep a move on. She also advises Suzie to stay out of things! Um, pot meet kettle!

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Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams files for divorce take 2!

After seemingly filing for divorce on this season of Basketball Wives, TMZ is reporting Jennifer actually just filed for divorce from husband Eric Williams on Friday.

Jennifer finally pulled the trigger, filing the papers in Hudson County Superior Court in New Jersey. Jennifer, who cites irreconcilable differences, married Eric in the Bahamas back in 2007. The marriage was however cursed from the start as Jennifer has stated in the past that Eric cheated on her days before their wedding.

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Eric also reportedly had an illegitimate child out of wedlock, which Jennifer was well aware of.

Jennifer is requesting alimony, plus an “equitable” distribution of the couple’s assets. They have no kids together.

Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of Basketball Wives. On the 5th episode this season, Evelyn and Tami feud, which hangs a dark cloud over a trip to New York. Meanwhile, Jen lines up a date on the rebound from Eric; and Evelyn mends fences with her long-absent father.

The episode airs at 8/7c and a preview clip is below!

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Basketball Wives LA

Following the mega success of Basketball Wives, VH1 is now planning to expand the series with a new spinoff!

The network announced this week that Basketball Wives L.A. will debut in August! The new series is descried as “explosive” and will follow the lives of the wives and girlfriends of players on both the Lakers and their cross-town rivals, the Clippers.

The Basketball Wives LA cast includes: Kimsha Artest (wife of Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers), Gloria Govan (fiancée of Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Lakers), Laura Govan (sister of Gloria Govan and former fiance of NBA player Gilbert Arenas whom she has three kids by), Jackie Christie (wife of Doug Christie, former player for the Los Angeles Clippers) and Imani Showalter (fiancée of Stephen Jackson, Charlotte Bobcats) as well as others.

Shaunie O’Neal will also serve as the executive producer of this 10 episode, hour-long series. The press release promises “cameras will follow these women as they attempt to juggle their relationships, infidelity issues, children and friendships while trying to find the perfect balance between supporting their families and realizing their own career ambitions.”

“Basketball Wives LA” is coming to VH1 Monday, August 29 at 8 PM ET/PT.

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On last night’s episode of Basketball Wives, Meeka Claxton crosses Tami Roman, Suzie Ketcham crosses Royce Reed, Eric Williams crosses Jen Williams, Evelyn Lozado has some family issues, and Shaunie O’Neal is absent!

The episode starts out with Royce meeting Ashley and Suzie for breakfast to fill Ashley in on the ‘altercation’ she got into with Evelyn because Royce isn’t ghetto but she is hood. Suzie is suddenly seeing things from Evelyn and Jen’s perspective and encourages Royce to stop causing drama because she wants everyone to hold hands and skip through rainbows and just be friends! My have the tables turned from last season… Royce reveals exactly why she is sick of Evelyn – and it has to do with, ahem, how Evelyn being a ho… allegedly of course.

Evelyn and Jen have a relaxing spa day where using their ‘we’re so classy’ hush-hush voices they talk about how ho-ish Royce is and complain about her tweeting Eric. The conversation rapidly escalates into why Royce has a different boyfriend every other month. Wait – so dating is wrong according to these two? Evelyn decides Royce can’t call her a ho because she is one too – so, HA!

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On the heels of her ‘Non mutha-f*ckin factor’ t-shirts, Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada is moving on to a new venture!

The VH1 reality star recently announced her plans to pen and release a series of books called “The Wives Association.” So will these books be tell-alls? That answer is a no and yes as Evelyn, 34, reveals it will be a series of novels which will fictionalized based on some of her own experiences of being involved with a professional athlete (she dated NBA player Antoine Walker for 10 years).

The novel’s main character will be Evelyn’s alter ego, Eve Inez-Landon. “I have a bunch of journals from when I was in my previous relationship and I would write down everything that was going on of how I felt, or what was going on in my life,” said Evelyn to EUR Web. “And then when I started moving out, I found these journals and I started reading them. And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is crazy – everything that I went through!’”

Evelyn adds that the stories will also include that of other athlete wives and girlfriends. “I have a lot of girlfriends that were married, and still married to a lot of these players. And the stories you hear – what goes on with the staff, and just living in that circle – I don’t think anybody can relate unless you live in it. So I figure why not come out and make a juicy book about it,” said Evelyn.

In other news, following the dramatic showdown on the last episode of Basketball Wives, Jennifer Williams is now talking about her relationship, or lack there of, with costar Royce Reed, mostly Royce’s decision to keep in touch with her ex Eric Williams on the twitter.

“I felt like she just stabbed me in the back,” said Jennifer to the HollywoodLife. “I was disappointed that she would even stoop that low. There are just certain codes that people need to respect and that’s one of them. It’s inappropriate.”

“I think it’s just girlfriends 101 — there are certain things you don’t do,” continued Jennifer. “I don’t think she would appreciate if I was doing that to one of her exes. I was just trying to get her to see the point.”

As for Evelyn’s violent reaction to Royce during the sitdown, Jennifer states Evelyn was just trying to defend her. “Sometimes talking to her [Royce] — it goes in one ear and out the other. She basically didn’t get it,” said Jennifer. “Evelyn was just defending me and it kind of took on a life of it’s own. So then they started arguing. And then Evelyn just picked up the drink and threw it at her. It got crazy.”

A new episode of the Basketball Wives airs tonight on VH1 at 8/7c!

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