Basketball Moms Reality Show May Come To TV Soon
Mothers of basketball players want to share their stories too
With Vh1's Basketball jumpoffs, baby mamas and wives continuing to make ripples in the TV ratings, it's not a total surprise that the mothers are now going to try and get in on the action.
NBA player Channing Frye's (Phoenix Suns) mother Karen has plans to bring a Basketball Wives type show to the forefront in an attempt to "tell the stories of the women who raised some of the League’s players."
“We get so caught up in what our sons are doing that we forget what our dreams were," Karen Frye tells NBA.com. "Before I had Channing, film was my thing. I worked for NBC here in Phoenix, I got an Emmy. I’ve had wonderful positions — vice president of Grand Canyon University. And when he got in the NBA, all of a sudden it was like I don’t have to do anything. And that didn’t work."
So now, Frye has began "work" on a show called "Basketball Moms" that will follow the mothers of six NBA players with cameras as they do everything from try to lose weight to talking about their sons and confronting their own issues.
The women featured in the first episodes are Pam Long, mother of Chicago Bulls guard Rip Hamilton; Thelma Harris, the mother of Miami Heat forward Dexter Pittman; Monja Willis, mother of Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden; Queen Warrick, the mother of Phonix Suns forward Hakim Warrick, and Linda Shanklin, the mother of Philadelphia 76ers’ All-Star forward Andre Iguodala.
This announcement comes after she enjoyed moderate success with a web-based show called 'Girlfriends Talk Sports,' where she interviewed other NBA players, their moms and chatted it up with other women who love sports.
Frye says she wants the show to not only provide an alternative to the "Wives" show, but to dispel the image of the "NBA Mom" that comes from the ghetto, raised their child in a single parent household and stops working just because their son is rich now.
"Channing doesn't pay my bills," she says. "I'm working my butt off. This is my dream. My dad was a Tuskegee Airman. He met my mother on the Tuskegee campus. My grandfather was a fireman, a fire marshal. God bless the child that has his own. I've got to have my own."
Guess that means LeBron's mom won't be making an appearance.
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