Shaunie O’Neal

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Shaunie, who?  Gloria Govan and her sister Laura Govan are moving on up in the world of reality television, and they are getting their own gig.  Who needs Basketball Wives: LA?  Not the Sisters Govan, that's for sure!

Gloria has been vocal about leaving the show in the past (I'd always just assumed she wasn't asked to return, which could very well be the case), and it was rumored that VH1 was none to pleased when she eloped mid-season of BBW LA with NBA player Matt Barnes and did not invite camera crews to capture the nuptials.  In your face, VH1!

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Well, I don't know about y'all, but after Monday night's premiere of Basketball Wives, I'm curious to see where newbie Tasha Marbury fits in with this illustrious group of "ladies."

Tasha, who is married to former NBA star Stephon Marbury has admitted to agreeing to the show so that she had something independent of being known for the man she married.  Stephon used to play for the Boston Celtics, and he's recently signed on to play in China for the Bejing Ducks.  While that's great for him, I really just want his wife to make an appearance on BBW because she's rumored to ruffle Shaunie O'Neal's feathers!

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Words can't even describe how much Basketball Wives' Shaunie O'Neal grates on my nerves.  She doesn't own her inner mean girl, and she lets Evelyn Lozada and Tami Roman do her bidding while she sits back feigning clean hands.  This season is going to be no different, I presume.

However, on Monday's premiere, Nostrils promised to be more outspoken and not hold back in what she's thinking.  Did I miss the part where she promises to be arrogant to the point of making me nauseous?  Because she is.

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This is going to be good, y'all!  The mean girls are back with tagalong Suzie Ketcham trailing not far behind.  It will be interesting to see if Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O'Neal, and Tami Roman can keep their promise to keep tempers in check.  Newbie Tasha Marbury is also going to be thrown into the craziness, but not this week.  Of course, first VH1 needs to explain away Ev & Ocho.

A bittersweet melody plays as we're treated to a photo montage of Evelyn and Chad Johnson's wedding peppered with redacted police reports and Chad's mugshot.  A somber Evelyn tells of her brother-in-law's death two days after she learned of Chad's cheating and the subsequent head butt that left her with several stitches in her forehead.  She feels like people blamed her for ruining Chad's career.  Is this Basketball Wives or the lead in for a 20/20 special?

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Many moons (and jobs!) ago, I taught first grade.  In fact, my first class of little ones just started college this week, making me realize I must have been the youngest first-grade teacher in the history of the world!  😉  That said, I spent a lot of time tying shoes, wiping noses, and saying "use your words."  

Who knew that that phrase would resurface (for different reasons) as a blogger while watching the crazy antics of the women of Basketball Wives! Well, I'm happy to report that Tami Roman is seconding Shaunie O'Neal's sentiments that this new season will be less about yanking out hair and more about building up relationships.  That's right!  Tami is now ready to use her words…and not her fists!  

Sister 2 Sister is dishing on a recent interview with Tami where she talks about how she will be showing a calmer, more centered, side of herself on the upcoming season.  

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You wanted them to go away.  You petitioned the network.  You're secretly glad they'll be back next week.  Am I right?  The wine-bottle throwing, hair pulling, pocketbook hostage holding, Non-MFing-Factor yelling ladies of Basketball Wives are returning to VH1, but this time we're promised a softer, less violent side of the group.  Yeah, right!

Not only does Shaunie O'Neal get into it with her nearest and dearest Tami Roman, but there is also a lot of new drama courtesy of new cast mate Tasha Marbury.  We'll be treated to a post-Chad Johnson Evelyn Lozada, and Suzie Ketcham continues to do what she does best–stir up the insanity by talking out of both sides of her mouth!

Can't wait?  Check out the extended trailer to tide you over until the premiere on August 19th!

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Someone start playing the violin because Basketball Wives' Shaunie O'Neal has a sad story to tell.  Not only is her show criticized left and right for portraying women in a hateful, bitter, and violent light (she's working on that, y'all!), but now she may have given someone the boot far too soon.

That's right!  Shaunie is having second thoughts about canning former friend Jennifer Williams.  While Nostrils doesn't lose any sleep over firing Royce Reed, she's starting to feel melancholy about dear ol' Jenn.

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The premiere of Basketball Wives is a few short weeks away and finally the trailer for the new season is out and about!

Shockingly it seems they are incorporating footage from Evelyn Lozada's brief but not so sweet marriage to Chad Johnson. The two were filming a spinoff called Ev & Ocho about their wedding, which obviously got canned, but alas the wedding footage will see the light of day. 

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Basketball Wives premieres on August 21 at 8/7c. 

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