basketball wives cast*Shaunie O’Neal knows her name has been dragged through the dirt since her creation, “Basketball Wives,” has been mutilated by VH1.

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So she’s hoping the film will redeem her vision and give fans a better perspective of what she was hoping to accomplish with the reality show.

“It’s a love story. It’s an empowering story. It’s funny. It’s life,” she told Vibe. “We’ve taken a girl who’s just going into the NBA life and experiencing things and showing the whole story. She learns from the organization. She learns from other wives, and by the end of the story, it’s empowering for women and men.”

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Shaunie assured the film would be nothing like the show. Originally, the former basketball wife envisioned the series to be about independent women doing powerful things. But now it’s just a big soap opera with a sprinkle of Jerry Springer.

“It was important for me to have other outlets outside of ‘Basketball Wives’ to represent myself and who I really am and what I really would like to put out there. Because, again, I did reality TV and can’t control that. I can’t control how everybody acts and what everybody sees. This, I can control,” she said.