Shaunie O’Neal introduces ‘true diva’ Tasha Marbury

    Shaunie_TashaTasha Marbury knew members of the “Basketball Wives” cast before she began taping for the show, but according to Shaunie O’Neal, that didn’t necessarily guarantee a smooth entry.

    “Tasha Marbury, she’s married to Stephon Marbury, and she’s actually been Evelyn [Lozada]’s friend for a very, very long time… I’ve known Tasha probably about four years, very sweet, real down-to-earth as a mom, a wife. She holds down the fort,” Shaunie explained to Sister 2 Sister.

    Unlike some of the series’ stars, Tasha is indeed married to a basketball player. She’s been with Stephon for 16 years; although, he spends much of that time balling overseas in China.

    “It’s just like me being a single mom, just holding it down,” Tasha said in a VH1 teaser. “Sometimes you just feel alone.”

    Though they’ve been in the same circles, Shaunie said she and Tasha hadn’t really had a chance to connect and get to know one another until “Basketball Wives.”

    “I haven’t really had the opportunity to hang out with Tasha often. It would be a hit-and-miss over the four years. This is the first time I got to be around her this much,” said Shaunie who described the newbie as a “true diva.”

    “Tasha’s very high maintenance. We called her on the bourgie side. She’s just extra. Everything Tasha has on is a name brand from head to toe,” explained Shaunie.

    In addition to her apparent love of labels, something she has in common with some of her co-stars, Shaunie said Tasha’s sense of humor stands out.

    “She tends to have a habit of saying things that might not be appropriate and kind of bad timing. Her sense of humor is a little different…I would say it’s a little off. She’s funny. She’s really comical on a regular. Sometimes her jokes and her sense of humor tends to go left,” explained Shaunie.

    Fans of “Basketball Wives” likely know the show’s personalities well enough to wonder how Tami Roman and Evelyn get along with a woman who apparently doesn’t know how to censor herself.

    “It doesn’t go over very well,” said Shaunie.

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