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They'll be back before you know it!  Yes, I'm talking about the less violent but equally ridiculous compared to their counterparts women of Basketball Wives: L.A. VH1 seems to have us in some sort of choke hold with these girls, yet I don't fight it. Odd, I know.

With some new cast members in the mix (and the Sisters Govan departing), hopefully there will be some new excitement in BBW: LA (read: not boring as heck).  Not surprisingly, the show's breakout star Draya Michele is all about promoting the series (and herself of course) to whoever will listen.

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So, this whole new season of Basketball Wives: L.A. is really going to happen, isn't it?  The Sister Govan are out (they've got their own gig now, y'all!), and Bambi is too busy hanging out with a certain member of the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast to rejoin the group.  Thankfully, my three favorites, crizazy Jackie Christie, changling Draya Michele, and the beautiful Malaysia Pargo will be back, and they are going to be joined by two new ladies.

And speaking of new ladies, Basketball Wives creator Shaunie O'Neal isn't too thrilled with newbie Tasha Marbury.  She's used to having people kiss her bum, so I think Shaunie's a bit thrown by the fact that Tasha doesn't seem to give a tiny toot about Nostrils or her posse of puppets.  

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It's funny how one franchise can appeal to you so much more than another.  I definitely prefer Love & Hip Hop Atlanta to its original counterpart (who doesn't?), and there are Housewives series I watch far more religiously than others.  Oddly enough, I can't figure out which Basketball Wives franchise I prefer…is that saying something?

I do know that I enjoy Draya Michele's antics on BBWLA, and with her kooky cast mates, she usually comes off as the most stable.  She certainly has a past, but I'd like to think she's grown up and learned from her mistakes.  Who knows though?  After all, she is starring in a drama-fueled, anger laden reality show…so the joke could be on me!

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Oh what a couple seasons of a failed reality show will do!  When Basketball Wives L.A. first hit VH1, Jackie Christie and her knowledge of how to navigate Google was dead set on showing viewers what a horrible mother new co-star Draya Michele was.  Jackie's Internet search unearthed a child endangerment charge against Draya, and the two hashed things out before ultimately becoming friends for a storyline.

Now the VH1 spin-off is rumored to be canceled, so the women need to keep their names in the press in some way, shape, or form.  Makes sense, right?  Draya was recently attacked on Twitter regarding her mothering skills after a failed attempt from BET to get fan questions for the reality star.  Instead of the hoped inquiries, the network's plan to hashtag #AskDraya turned into a day's worth of tweets calling out Draya as a horrible mother.  Oops!  Of course, Jackie wouldn't be the self-proclaimed Mama Bear of the bunch if she didn't come to her young co-star's defense.

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What are we going to do without Basketball Wives: LA?  Well, you can get your fill of Draya Michele tonight…and she may be addressing some recent Twitter backlash which will give you flashbacks to Jackie Christie and her Google skills circa season one!  Y'all remember her tiny little arrest for child endangerment that happened years ago, right?

Sister2Sister shares that Draya's past motherhood mistakes are coming back to haunt her once again thanks to BET.  The network's 106 & Park will be hosting Draya on Thursday's show, and it encouraged fans to tweet questions to the reality star with the hashtag #Ask Draya.

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Uh oh.  I hope this isn't a case of biting the hand that feeds you!  Gloria Govan of Basketball Wives: LA hasn't exactly been loyal to the network who made her a reality star, and VH1 needs to take note about what the reality star is saying in the media.  She's got way more important projects in the works, yall like that web series…!!

On season two of the show, Gloria pretty much alienated all of her cast mates except for sister Laura, and it's no secret that her husband Matt Barnes isn't a fan of his wife's involvement with the reality series.  And speaking of her husband, Gloria didn't even inform the network when she eloped with Matt while the season was filming.  That certainly couldn't have gone over well!  

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And we're back with the second dose of Basketball Wives LA Reunion madness.  I don't know if you're considering it a Christmas miracle to get two recaps back to back or if you're wondering how naughty you must have been this year to deserve two helpings of this madness in one day.  I hope it's the former.  :)  Let's check in with John Salley and his purple plaid, shall we?

John is back with his smug smile which is perfectly accentuated by Laura Govan, Jackie Christie, Malaysia Pargo, Brooke Bailey, Gloria Govan, Bambi, and Draya Michele.  The women's chesticular areas are still front and center.  Can you imagine another way?  No?  Me either. 

We return with the ladies holding up their cards sharing who should exit stage left from the show next season.  You have captivated me, John Salley, that is for sure!  Laura and Jackie's duel is in full force, and I adore that John has finally stood up so that we could regale his attire in all it's Urkel glory.  Who is styling these folks?  Getting back to the situation at hand, the majority of the women are ready to get rid of the Sisters Govan and Bambi for next season.  Most of the women believe that Gloria is too snooty for the show.  Jackie calls out herself…just to play the martyr.  She was concerned that most of the women would pick her (they didn't).  Jackie says that even though no one may want her back, she'll be back regardless.

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RT readers and Basketball Wives LA fans, please accept my sincerest apologies.  I had no clue that the first half of the reunion was airing immediately after the finale, and for some reason my season pass didn't record it.  I realize it's a week late, but I hope you enjoy the recap.  The second half of the reunion will be posted later today.

John Salley introduces the newbies, and is it just me, or is he dressed like Willie Wonka?  He welcomes Brooke Bailey and Bambi before touting the veterans, Gloria Govan, Laura Govan, Malaysia Pargo, Draya Michele…and of course, the lady who carried the season, Jackie Christie.  John shares that this year the reunion will have some surprises and many more fan questions.  Jackie is sporting her finest vinyl dominatrix attire.  We revisit the beginning of the season when Malaysia was trying to get the girls on board with reconciling with Jackie.  We all know how that went!  Jackie reveals that she returned to prove that she wasn't the pot stirrer we saw last season.  Uh huh.

Starting in with the viewer questions, John asks why Malaysia worked so hard to bring Jackie back into the group.  Malaysia counters that she is an actual basketball wife (smack in the face of 90% of her co-stars), and her breasts on On Display, as Melissa Gorga would say.  Another viewer wonders about Laura's evil behavior to Jackie, and Laura owns up to it.  Her girls are also all out for us to see.  I'm starting to notice that they all are…except for that random blonde chick…oh wait, that's Bambi.  :)  Laura and Jackie get into a back-and-forth about Laura's need for tit-for-tat.  Insults are hurled and John Salley can't seem to bring the women back into the Chocolate Factory. VH1, you are usually so generous with the subtitles….what happened?

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