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For the ladies of Basketball Wives: L.A., a girls’ trip to Hawaii wasn’t all luaus and hula skirts. It was drama with a capital D.

Imani Showalter’s feud with cast mate Laura Govan reached a boiling point before heading to paradise, with Imani purging all of Laura’s belongings she’d once promised to house. However, once in Hawaii, the pair realized that there was a common denominator in all the women’s petty fights… and that same thread is Jackie Christie.

In a recent interview, Imani talks about how she looked up to Jackie with her long marriage and her life experience, thus when Jackie told Imani that longtime friend Laura had been spreading lies around town Imani was quick to believe her. Once she hashed out her issues with Laura (Imani reveals the two minute conversation that viewers witnessed was a much smaller portion of a thirty minute discussion), the pair realized that they had heard a lot of similar gossip about each other from the same source. When the ladies realized that Jackie seemed to be pitting them against one another, Imani’s eyes were opened to her former friend.

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Imani states, “For me it was just very malicious and evil. I think she’s a really sad person. I feel bad for her.” As for the state of their friendship now? Imani reveals that it is “non-existent.” Imani had trusted Jackie and now she is seeing another side to her former pal. She continues, “Jackie has a way of talking you to death.” ”

When discussing the ladies’ confrontation with Mrs. Christie, Imani says, “Basically she was typical Jackie: She got loud, aggressive, rude, insulting. Then she started crying and whining, and then she got apologetic. She’s very bipolar, and she confuses you.”

As for Imani’s relationship with Laura, everything is still copasetic. Still, Imani doesn’t regret sending Laura’s stuff to storage, admitting, “It just kept coming to me all this negative stuff and I just felt so used by her.” She stands by her decision, asserting, “At the time, I didn’t feel bad.”

Thankfully, Laura and Imani are better than fine. Imani gushes, “I love Laura! I love her mom; I love her children.” She does, however, regret letting Jackie’s rumors come between her and her friend. Imani explains, “It was really sad. It was infuriating. It was a gambit of emotions.” She continues, “I just felt like I had been betrayed on the worst level. I didn’t understand why Jackie would do such a thing. Me and Laura were so close.”

Of course, Imani finds a lesson in this less than stellar situation. She advises, “I’ve learned not to overreact to things and just believe everything you hear.” Imani says, “I realize now that you have to dig a little deeper and look at your source and kind of understand what they have to gain by telling you things.”

While it’s nice to know that Imani and Laura’s mended fences have lasted there is no doubt more drama left in the season, even with just one episode left. The season finale airs tonight (8pm ET) on VH1, with a two part reunion on the 21st and 28th of November. John Salley will once again be returning as host so you know the questions you want answered won’t be asked.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IMANI’S INTERVIEW? IS IT ALL JACKIE’S FAULT OR IS THERE SOME TRUTH TO WHAT SHE SAYS? HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT JOHN SALLEY RETURNING TO HOST THE REUNION?

Last night’s Basketball Wives LA picked up where last week’s drama left off…a whole lotta Jackie hatin’. With the ladies comparing notes on gossip the trip doesn’t go as smoothly as a relaxing trip to Hawaii should go, but hey, that’s why we watch!

Yeehaw! The tense group of ladies is heading horse back riding with a dry Draya executing knock-knock jokes about avoiding the drama. Jackie thinks the entire outing is fake. Her horse is very feisty. Draya keeps telling her that the horse can sense her bad vibe. Jackie does not find her humorous at all. All of the ladies, sans Jackie, are getting along and having so much fun.

Malaysia, the sisters Govan and Imani convene at the hotel for mimosas. Imani tells Gloria that her beef with Laura was based on Jackie’s twisted gossip and things between her and Gloria’s sister are cool. As if she could sense the women discussing her, Jackie walks in followed by Draya. Jackie immediately cuts through the small talk because she wants to rid the group of the mounting tension…but she seems very defensive.

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Aloha Basketball Wives L.A.! The ladies head to paradise and drama was not far behind. Jackie encourages Imani to confront Laura…but when she does, I’m guessing Jackie wishes she had kept her mouth shut. There’s about to be a coup amongst the group — after a successful surfing lesson.

The sisters Govan are shopping for swimwear to take on their upcoming trip to Hawaii. Laura quickly runs down her take on the ladies. She thinks after her talk with Jackie, things are straight between them. Her friendship with “Iman” has gone from a ten to a cool two, and don’t even get her started on Draya. Gloria hopes they can all have a lighthearted good time. Good luck with that.

Across town, Imani is hiring movers to rid her garage of all of Laura’s belongings. Imani had agreed to let her store some things when she moved back to Los Angeles, but now that she’s heard that Laura has been talking smack about her she’s no longer going to be her free storage unit.

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Once again, there is trouble in paradise for one of the ladies of Basketball Wives LA.

Last week, Lakers player Matt Barnes announced his split from fiance Gloria Govan. The couple’s highs and lows have been well documented off the VH1 show, and prior to breaking up, the pair had postponed their wedding indefinitely. In a new interview with VH1, Gloria eats some humble pie opens up about her thoughts on the split and her outlook on the future.

When asked to discuss what led to the split, Gloria explains: “It hasn’t been an easy ride moving across the country twice, having kids at 21 when I just graduated college, it hasn’t been easy. And now Matt has the lockout, so everything has been stressful with the breakup, the lockout, everything, it’s been a whirlwind. But we’re still friends and we’re still working things out and I wish him nothing but the best.”

She adds, “Matt and I do have kids and we’re trying to be as cordial as we can right now and we’ll be in each other’s lives forever, but as relationships go, we have our ups and downs.”

As to whether Gloria wants to “sow [her] oats and date other people,” Gloria says that she couldn’t even if that is what she wanted to do. She clarifies, “I think that’s a lot of people’s assumption, that oh, she wants to f— around and f— everything because he did and it’s like NO… I’m just going to take this opportunity to take a step back and reevaluate where I wanna go in life. And I think I have a long way to go to make my mark in feature films and in my community, but I’m happy. I’m happy with where I am now.” Um, feature films? Perhaps she should get in touch with Eric Williams

Her sister Laura Govan doesn’t think it’s the end for the couple, and Gloria admits, “My whole family is rooting for that man. I swear. They would pick him over me. I’ve learned my lesson, never say never and I think anything is possible, but right now I’m taking my time to grow as an individual. Not only for myself but for my family. We’ll see. I’m not going to say never, I’m optimistic, but for now…we’re going our separate ways.”

So does Gloria feel like she and Matt could make it work in the future? Gloria says, “Anything is possible but am I looking at them like ‘Yay, we can get back together because Laura and Gilbert have fluctuated so much and they are back together?’ No. I look up to my sister, I think she’s a very strong person but in terms of relationship, I’m walking to my own drum here.”

That’s probably a good attitude to have, as word on the street (and in the New York Post) is that Matt is already moving on…perhaps with actual feature film actress and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.

The Post is reporting that Barnes was spotted in New York City a few days ago dining with the starlet at Il Mulino in Greenwich Village. The pair was joined by two of Longoria’s friends. While pals say Eva is still very much dating Penelope Cruz’s brother Eduardo, sources at the restaurant reveal, “There was definitely a spark between Eva and Matt. They weren’t seated next to each other, but you could tell there was something between them. There was a little hand-holding over the table and a lot of eye contact.” Hand-holding, eh? Sounds serious!

Eva’s rep (finally, a star that should actually have one!) attempts to squash romance rumors, telling the magazine, “Eva and Matt are friends and are working together doing charity work for Eva’s Padres Contra El Cáncer. She was at the dinner amongst her other friends.”

However, this isn’t the first time the duo has been spotted together. In fact, Matt partied with Eva and comedian George Lopez on October 16 at Club Nikki in Las Vegas. Eva even featured a picture of the crew on her twitter page. That photo is below. Vegas and NYC in the last two weeks? It seems like this lockout has turned Matty into quite the jet-setter!

A new episode of Basketball Wives: L.A. airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.

Photo credit: Steve Solis / PR Photos

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MATT”S NEW “FRIENDSHIP” WITH EVA LONGORIA? DO YOU THINK HE WILL WORK THINGS OUT WITH GLORIA GOVAN?

In the world of Basketball Wives: L.A., it’s hard to keep up with who is the lady Jackie Christie and her cast mates love to hate. On the most recent episode, Laura Govan is the target, but up until then, Draya Michele bore the brunt of Jackie’s wrath. After the ladies confronted Draya about past child neglect allegations (leaving her in tears), the group received backlash for bullying, with Jackie as the ringleader.

In a recent interview, Jackie speaks out about the “misconception.” She says, “The biggest misconception is that we are mean and bullies, and we don’t like Draya, but that is not true. We all have something to offer; it’s a lot of judging that goes on, especially because of the way things seem on TV. But once you get to know us as a whole, we all are not bullies and are caring, compassionate women. But we are not bullies—we all are really good people once you get to know us.” Say it one more time and people may just start to believe it!

Of the infamous scene, Jackie, like all reality veterans before her, blames editing for creating a situation that appeared to have all the ladies ganging up on Draya. Jackie explains,“See a lot of people didn’t get to see everything that was being discussed. It comes off like I was being a bully, and it seemed as though we were all just coming down on her, but there were a lot of things that was edited out. Draya wasn’t crying from what I was saying to her.”

She continues, “A lot of things were talked about and said throughout the whole conversation, and yes, I am crazy about my husband, but who wouldn’t be? But I wasn’t just saying it to Draya in a way that came off to be aggressive, even though that is how it may have appeared. Yes, I do have a strong personality, but I also am a loving and caring person.”

Finally, moving on from the Draya drama, Jackie addresses her missing cast mates, Kimsha Artest and Tanya Williams. If you recall, it has been SEVERAL episodes since we’ve laid eyes on those women. Despite a fake facebook page hurling accusations that Shaunie O’Neal orchestrated their absence, both women claim they left on their own because they didn’t like the way their cast members were behaving constant drama.

However, Jackie says we shouldn’t count Kimsha and Tanya out for good yet. She reveals, “I like both of them. I do miss their presence on the show—they are going to come back on a few of the future episodes. We stopped filming now, but they did do a lot of filming separate from myself, because a lot of times we don’t film together. But I do like both of them; I would love to see them be a part of the show again in the future.”

Switching gears from Los Angeles to Miami, recently Royce Reed of the original Basketball Wives claimed she was leaving the show. Once again heading to Twitter to track her career decisions, Royce has changed her tune and decided to return for season four.

Royce tweeted, “Well, As stated last week pertaining 2 BBW season 4 tht things may change and after SEVERAL conversations I have decided 2 return for Season 4. How much, I don’t know because I won’t compromise my career. I was NEVER cut/fired and my decision to return is solely based on negotiations, and messages from my fans. I love y’all and u will see a different side of me Season 4. #ImOuttie”

While many of her fellow cast mates have threatened not to film with Royce, she did receive some love from Tami Roman, who responded, “OK, I don’t know whether 2hug u or smack the ish outta u-girl don’t take me on emotional roller coaster LOL-welcome back :)”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JACKIE’S INTERVIEW? IS SHE A BULLY? ARE YOU EXCITED ROYCE WILL BE RETURNING TO BASKETBALL WIVES: MIAMI? DO YOU THINK SHE WAS EVER REALLY GOING TO LEAVE?

As always, the latest installment of Basketball Wives: L.A. was basically the ladies talking smack about whoever wasn’t in that given scene. Unfortunately for Laura Govan, her name seems to be tossed around the most. Her sister Gloria heads up a charity golf tournament with fiance Matt Barnes, and Draya gets more comfortable with her spot in the “in-crowd.”

We resume last night’s episode where we left off, at Malaysia’s jewelry launch. Malaysia is over Jackie’s gushing, and she really doesn’t want to hear her and Imani’s beef with Laura. As Malaysia advises the ladies talk it out, Gloria (who Jackie and Imani just lurve) comes over to say hello. Of course, Jackie takes this opportunity to tell her nemesis’s SISTER about her issues with Laura. Jackie has also turned on her biffle Draya and wants to make sure Gloria feels badly for bringing her into the group. Seriously? Cue Lindsay Lohan and the Plastics!

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On last night’s episode of Basketball Wives: L.A., Jackie played puppet master while Draya tried to keep her in check. Malaysia previewed her jewelry line, and Gloria contemplated her upcoming (maybe? maybe not?) marriage to Matt. Laura did her best to dodge Jackie’s tirades, and Imani…well, she showed up for the last five minutes.

Jackie is confiding in Draya about how Laura has been talking badly about Jackie behind her back. Given that the ladies are all at Laura’s charity event, Jackie doesn’t want to start anything, but she wants Laura to know she’s on to her. Malaysia arrives and can tell that Jackie is upset about…something.

Of course, with Jackie’s ever changing personalities, the ladies are probably used to that. Laura praises Jackie on her outfit, and Jackie politely accepts her compliment with a pointed, “Thanks, you don’t think it makes me look pregnant, do you?” There are a few more pregnancy snarks from Jackie who is pulling up her shirt to show her belly, and Laura looks a tad uncomfortable while the other girls just look plain confused. Apparently, Laura has been dogging Jackie’s fashion sense, weight, and hair all over town. Um, what’s that whole pot/kettle/those who live in glass houses saying? I doubt we’ll ever see either of these ladies on a best dressed list.

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It appears there are some pretty nasty rumors swirling about one of the ladies of Basketball Wives LA, and it seems VH1′s editing department is performing quite the cover-up should the accusations prove to be true. And if the rumors aren’t true, you can always sue the source…just ask Miami’s Evelyn Lozada!

Um, perhaps the apology we saw Draya Michele give Laura Govan on last week’s episode of Basketball Wives LA may not have been for simply talking some smack years ago. Reach Around Radio exclusively reports that Draya may have gotten a little too close with Laura’s baby daddy 4x Gilbert Arenas…at the stadium no less. Apparently VH1 used it’s editing magic to make it appear Draya was saying she was sorry for gossiping about Laura and her children when she she was actually apologizing for bopping Laura’s man.

Reach Around Radio reports Gilbert is not denying these allegations. In fact, he claims that he even passed off Draya to a couple of friends, including Deshawn Stevenson. Classy. The radio hosts reveal that Gilbert may even be airing this dirty laundry on the reunion. If this story is true, you have to wonder why VH1 is skewing the program to make Draya seem like the ultimate victim. I am in no way saying that the women have any right to gang up on or bully any other cast mate. However, if Draya is guilty of diddling one of the other lady’s meal tickets, it’s a bit more understandable why she would be negatively on their radar. If this story is false, Draya may have quite the defamation claim…

And speaking of lawsuits, Miami Basketball Wife football fiancee Evelyn Lozada is suing internet site Media Take Out for publishing a story in September which questioned her fidelity to fiancee Chad Ochocinco. Well, it didn’t actually question her fidelity…it flat out called her a cheater. The article, entitled “Evelyn Lozada from the Basketball Wives was CREEPING… with one of Chad’s BALLER FRIENDS!!! (Explosive Details),” accused the reality starlet of sleeping with her man’s best friend (and fellow VH1 media whore darling) Terrell Owens.

Evelyn’s lawsuit alleges that over 250,000 readers viewed the article causing her “emotion distress” (huh?) and damaging her reputation as both a career woman and a public figure/”television personality.” Evelyn is seeking $15,000 in damages, as well as additional money for court costs and interest. The article is still available on the site, but now simply reads, “As a courtesy to Evelyn, we have removed this article.” Well wasn’t that kind of them…

A new episode of Basketball Wives: L.A. airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST DRAYA? DOES THIS CHANGE YOUR OPINION OF HER ON THE SHOW? DO YOU THINK EVELYN HAS A CASE AGAINST MEDIA TAKEOUT OR IS THIS JUST AN ATTEMPT TO STAY RELEVANT?

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