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Ron Artest's wife to star in VH1's 'Basketball Wives'

June 21, 2011 |  9:40 am


In what seemingly has become a prerequisite for having a relationship with a Laker, Ron Artest's wife, Kimsha, will star in the upcoming season of VH1's "Basketball Wives."

As if reality television didn't exist enough within Lakerland, there's now one more option to keep Laker fans occupied during a likely work stoppage. First, there's Lamar Odom's incredibly insightful show with Khloe Kardashian, "Khloe & Lamar," in which the two discuss important topics, such as whether Khloe is too fat or why Lamar shouldn't have to clean the house. Then there's Artest himself visiting convicts in correctional facilities and giving advice on how to thrive in society. And then there's Matt Barnes' fiancee, Gloria Govan, who's been depicted as creating drama with other NBA wives.

For viewers who feel there are too many reality shows to monitor, Kimsha Artest will be in the same show as Govan. Thankfully for Ron Ron's focus level, he won't be a part of this show, rightfully taking Barnes' lead and staying out of his significant other's reality world. But it's surely a reflection of our times that of all the Laker-related reality shows, Ron Artest's show actually seems to be the most serious and substantive of them all.

I'll settle for the Lakers' actual reality show instead. You know, the one that involves hiring a new coach in Mike Brown, owner Jerry Buss' giving more control to his son Jim and the team figuring out if it can return to championship level. That one has proven to be more interesting, has stood the test of time and certainly garners better ratings. 

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest tries to steal the ball from Kings guard Marcus Thornton in the first quarter of the team's regular-season finale in Sacramento. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / April 13, 2011