'Basketball Wives' Showdown: Miami vs. LA
It’s been a month since the latest installment of the “Wives” franchise, Basketball Wives: LA, has premiered. After five episodes, we’re sure you’ve already noticed some of the similarities between the new LA cast and the O.G. (triple O.G.) crew of Miami.
Click through to see how the ladies measure up as we put them head to head in a battle for the Basketball Wives crown!
Gloria Govan vs. Shaunie O’Neal
From the very first episode of Basketball Wives: LA, it was clear that producers intended to portray Gloria Govan as the West Coast version of Miami head honcho Shaunie O’Neal. While we’re sure Gloria could probably hold her own in a catfight, she just doesn’t seem to have as much edge as her Miami counterpart. Gloria’s “mother hen” routine often comes across as forced.
Shaunie is a business woman, and outside of producing the show, we knew of the former b-ball wife's history as a reporter for a local Miami news station. All we’ve seen of Gloria, so far, is her time spent eating lunch and coaching a basketball team, a move which seemed oddly convenient.
Winner: Shaunie O’ Neal. Over all, Shaunie just has better H.B.I.C swag.
Malaysia Pargo vs. Tami Roman
Every good reality show needs a no-holds-barred wild card. Who's on deck? Malaysia and Tami, for sure. It only took one smart remark for Malaysia to snatch off her earrings (and shoes!) hood style. After popping Laura Govan in the face during the very first episode of the season, Malaysia had every viewer in shock. We’ve all seen what a little wine and a ‘talk to the hand’ gesture can cause Tami to do, yet these two heavyweight champs are not created equal.
While both women proudly wear their hood cards on their chest like a bad tattoo, Malaysia’s good life in LA has softened her up a bit. Tami, on the other hand, has literally had to go from mansions to food stamps, and that kind of struggle has become the backbone of Tami’s tough demeanor. While Malaysia might think she’s currently too good to be “ghetto,” Tami could give a damn about appearances and is ready to pop off at any time and, literally, anywhere.
Winner: Tami Roman. There really was no competition, Tami officially gold-plated and sealed her #1 Pop-Off card during her run on Basketball Wives. (Remember that trip to Rome?)
Honorable Mention: Laura Govan. Even though she would be no match for Tami in a Roman bar fight, Laura did square up merely weeks after having a baby.
Kimsha Artest vs. Evelyn Lozada
Both of tese two ladies call the Empire State home, and it definitely shows in their cocky, in-your-face attitudes. We haven’t had a chance to see Kimsha much on Basketball Wives: LA, but it’s clear from the first two episodes that she doesn’t take much ish.
But Evelyn? We’ve seen and heard a lot over the past three seasons. She definitely is not one to play with and will throw down with the best of them. Evelyn has fought verbally and physically (by throwing drinks) with nearly every member of the Miami crew. This latina guards her “circle” like Mufasa guarding his Pride.
Winner: Evelyn Lozada. Evelyn really wins this one by default. Since we haven’t seen what Kimsha is really bringing to the table yet, our money's on Ev.
Imani Showalter vs. Jennifer Williams
At first glance, these two women just seem like eye candy of the casts, but make no mistake there is more than meets the eye with both women. Jennifer usually comes off a slightly ditzy, bourgeoisie princess, but she proved to be a smart business woman.
While we’re not clear on what exactly Imani does for a living, she definitely has something that Jennifer lacks--backbone. She may be the pretty face on Basketball Wives: LA, but, unlike her counterpart Jennifer, Imani is not opposed to speaking her mind, standing up for herself and even causing a little drama.
Winner: Imani Showalter. Imani has the ability to stir some things up this season. Definitely a little more entertaining than Jenn.
Meeka Claxton vs. Jackie Christie
Even though these two actual wives seem to have similar lives, they couldn’t be more different. Meeka was the last and least popular additive to the Miami mix. Her loose lips and stuck up attitude may have made for some really good drama, but in the end, no one liked her enough to want to interact with her.
Jackie, however, seems to be well-liked by all her cast mates. Even though she tries her best to act like a lady, her down to earth, brazen attitude keeps the drama flowing.
Winner: Jackie Christie. Unlike Meeka, Jackie is more down to earth and likable by both fans and the fellow wives.
Royce Reed vs. Draya Michele
In the wild, a basketball wife has two natural enemies: The cheerleader and the groupie. That’s why Royce and Draya are the women these wives love to hate. Royce, a former cheerleader broke the “rules” when she had a baby with NBA player Dwight Howard, and that fact makes her public enemy #1 amongst the Miami clan.
Likewise, Draya has been linked to numerous rappers, singers and, of course, athletes. Add to that the fact that she’s a video vixen and you can see why all the other wives clutch their pearls (and their man) whenever Draya is near. These two ladies could care less about their status in the “circle” which makes for friction and some serious cat fights.
Winner: Tie! Both of these women are pretty much hated by their casts and that hate alone could carry both shows.
Suzie Ketcham vs. Tanya Williams
Somewhere in the universe Mahatma Gandhi is smiling. When it comes to peacekeepers, these two are at the top of the list. While their other cast mates are throwing bitch slaps and glasses full of water, both Suzie and Tanya choose to take the high road by staying mutual on all fronts.Suzie was kicked out of the “circle” more times than we can count, but something about her peaceful, don't-hurt-me attitude always made her fellow wives forgive and forget.
However, Tanya may not be so lucky. Her peaceful attitude actually annoys the hell out of all her cast mates to the point where they want nothing to do with her. Tanya still manages to take the high road, but it won’t be long before she’s sitting on the bench next to Meeka Claxton.
Winner: Suzie Ketcham! Even though Suzie is all about peace and love, she has it in her to pop off on the other wives.
Overall Winner: The original Basketball Wives. They always say that the original is 10x better than the sequel. Even though Basketball Wives: LA has only been on for a handful of episodes, it’s clear they don’t hold a candle to the original crew.