Review | Basketball Wives L.A.

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Air Date: Monday 8/29

Us Rating: ***

As guilty pleasures go, this spinoff is a slam dunk, thanks to a complex and volatile cast. Gloria Govan of the original Wives anchors (fiance Matt Barnes is now an L.A. Laker), but it's her gossipy sis Laura and bitter Kimsha Artest (wife of Laker Ron) who wow as master drama-makers. After they taunt Malaysia Pargo (her hubby is Chicago Bull Jannero), the lady pushes back -- literally. (VH1, 8 p.m.)