You may be watching every episode of VH1’s Basketball Wives, but you probably have no clue what the show’s cast members are like when the cameras aren’t rolling. The reality series chronicles the lives of a group of gorgeous and powerful women who are (former or current) girlfriends, fiancées, and wives of some of the biggest basketball stars in NBA history.

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Famed for its explosive episodes and intriguing cliffhangers, Basketball Wives currently features six cast members: Shaunie O’Neal, AKA the boss and veteran, who is also the creator and executive producer of the VH1 show; Evelyn Lozara, Tami Roman, Jennifer Williams, Jackie Christie, and Malaysia Pargo. Time and time again, this reality series has offered a stark contrast of heart-wrenching and hilarious scenes, a few of which went on to become some of the most iconic moments in reality TV history. Basketball Wives strives to illuminate the marital problems and bring light to infidelity in relationships (and since we’re talking about basketball players, the problem of cheating became a core theme of the reality show).

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The Basketball Wives cast members have broken through the shadow of their famous NBA beaus and built their own businesses, companies, and charities from scratch. Yes, these six ladies are best known for their sharp tongues, bossy attitude, and somewhat outlandish behavior on Basketball Wives, but what are their stories? What are the Basketball Wives cast members like in real life and what have they been through? OK! Magazine takes you behind-the-scenes of the popular reality show to explore everything you need to know about these remarkable women.

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