Move over, “Real Housewives” — a new group of glamorous, decadent women is about to take over cable television and dazzle us with their no-holds-barred cat fights and amazing clothes. VH1’s “Basketball Wives” — which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. — not only shows off the significant others of athletes who boast bottomless bank accounts, it uncovers the heartache that comes with supporting those superstars, men who are known for having dalliances on the road.
“This life is not for everyone,” warns Jennifer Williams, who is married to Eric Williams, a retired Boston Celtics player. “You definitely have to have a tough skin. It’s sort of dysfunctional, but I think that’s why it’s important to have friends who are going through the same things that you’re going through.”
The show highlights that camaraderie found among women married into the world of basketball, but there’s also a healthy share of fights within the group of girlfriends — an element every good reality show must have.
Cast member Evelyn Lozada, previously engaged to Antoine Walker of the Miami Heat, was leery of the negative attention these shows sometimes draw. But cast mate and executive producer Shaunie O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal’s ex-wife, assured her that they’d be safe from embarrassment.
“I was definitely concerned because nobody wants to look crazy,” says Lozada. “At the same time, throughout the whole time of taping, I just tried to be myself. As taping went on, certain things happened and [Shaunie] made sure she took care of it or handled the situation.”