shaunie o'neal*”Basketball Wives” creator/star Shaunie O’Neal confirmed that for this upcoming season the ladies have made more of an effort to improve their wild behavior.

“For the most part, I think people were trying to do better, making an effort. I think that’s what’s most important. The effort is being made,” she told TheGrio.com.

“It’s not that we did a 360, that we’re coming in brand new and angels. Trust me, there are some moments,” said Shaunie who may have bumped heads with newcomer Tasha Marbury, based on previews of the new season

The most important thing for Shaunie, despite of all the drama, is to try and be a good example for her daughters and other young viewers.

“I’m a mom of two girls…What I teach them at home, I want to show them,” she said. Although they don’t join her to watch the show, she said they hear about what airs from classmates and friends.

On this season we will get to see Shaunie display signs of compassion for her co-star Evelyn Lozada as she copes with the domestic violence incident with her ex-husband Chad Johnson.

“It was rough. It’s a whole lot of crying. It was very emotional,” said Shaunie.

We are all pretty familiar with the incident, but for Shaunie … on the show it was new.

“A lot of it was us hearing some things for the first time…It was so new when we were filming,” said Shaunie who felt helpless when listening to her friend’s painful story.

“I’ve never been through anything domestic violence related. I was just more like a vessel for her to talk to. I didn’t know what to say,” she admitted..

“You’ll see a lot of growth. Filming this season, I felt the growth,” she said. “This is like a mirror. We’ve been able to look at ourselves for four seasons, and now going into the fifth, it’s like, ‘I gotta do better.”