The Starters

The Starters

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The Starters is a daily NBA podcast hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas that breaks down the league's biggest games, story lines, and off-court antics.

Episodes

Thursday, Jan. 19 — Brodie Gets Bodied  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Westbrook vowing revenge for Zaza's hard foul, Rudy Gay's torn Achilles, and Joel Embiid's All-Star chances. All that, plus Happy Harden, Roy Hibbert's "oop," our "Total Divas" cameo, and memes.

Wed., Jan. 18 — The Starters' Starters  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys pick their All-Star Game starters, breakdown Chris Paul's thumb injury, and discuss the latest Ricky Rubio trade rumor. That, plus the Warriors' groundbreaking ceremony, ugly jerseys, the next Cavs move, and more.

Tuesday, Jan. 17 — Collision Course  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss if LeBron flopped, whether 'Melo should waive his no-trade clause, and Isaiah Thomas' chances of starting the All-Star Game. That, plus Ro Parrish joins us live from Miami to talk Rockets, and we hit you with a long weekend edition of Whoopsies.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Jan. 17  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss Cavs-Warriors II, LeBron's flop, and whether 'Melo should waive his no-trade clause. That, plus #NudeNBA, Tas' Top 5 sleeping shirts, new nicknames, and the better candy bar: Snickers or Twix?

The Drop — Friday, Jan. 13  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the biggest surprises and disappointments from the halfway point of the season, as well as pick some All-NBA Teams. That, plus Rondo's weird week, the best players to never win a title/award, forgotten moments, NBA-themed app ideas, R&B albums, and more.

Thursday, Jan. 12 — Future's Bright  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss which team has the brighter future (Sixers or Knicks), as well as who's to blame for last night's Wiz/Celtics altercation (Wall or Crowder). That, plus All-Star returns, the rollin' Rockets, Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 league, Isaiah Thomas' 4Q, and a Meme Team.

Wed., Jan. 11 — No Fake News Here  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss LeBron's frustration with officials, the Celtics still chasing the Raptors, and reports that DeMarcus Cousins intends to sign a massive extension with the Kings. All that, plus a Global Games edition of Crossfire, and we revisit some of Obama's greatest NBA moments.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 — Derrick Drama  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Derrick Rose's disappearing act, whether it changes his future with the Knicks, and 'Melo and O'Quinn's ejections. That, plus the Banana Boat Boys, Paul George's new signature shoe, and Dennis Scott, live from Golden State.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Jan. 10  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss NBA trade rumors, Derrick Rose goin' AWOL, and the best and worst way to prepare eggs.

Monday, Jan. 9 — Picks OBO  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss who's more likely to be traded (Dragic or Brook), which MVP candidate played better D on Sunday (Harden or KD), and who had the nicer dance moves (Wall or Westbrook/Payne). That, plus the Sixers hit 10 wins, new All-Star jerseys, Tim Thomas vs. Kenyon Martin, Whoopsies, more.

The Drop — Friday, Jan. 6  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the Korver-to-Cavs trade, whether the Raps or Celtics need to make a move, and the early balloting results for the 2017 All-Star Game. That, plus Giannis' game-winner, odd jobs, former fatsos, and more.

Thursday, Jan. 5 — Gloves Are Off!  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton joins the guys to discuss George Karl, today's best defenders, and the G.O.A.T. All that, plus Giannis' game-winner, Westbrook's bizarre tech, Bogut trade scenarios, and D-Wade's new coat in a brand new edition of The Meme Team.

Wed., Jan. 4 — Rumor Mill-sap  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys debate the better Paul Millsap destination (Toronto or Denver), the better celebration (PG or Swaggy P), and the better half-court shot (Timberlake or Lakers fan). That, plus Jae Crowder calls out Celtics fans, some New Year's resolutions, and Nikola Jokic's old Coca-Cola habit.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 — In The Year 2017 ...  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys debate the likelihood of some future NBA headlines regarding Cousins, Harden, and the Warriors. That, plus Eric Gordon's All-Star chances, switching team allegiances mid-game, and Kristen Ledlow, live from Los Angeles.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Jan. 3  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys predict some 2017 NBA headlines concerning the Finals, trades, awards, and 50-point scorers. All that, plus "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," some New Year's resolutions, a heated debate about what constitutes a personal pizza, and more.

Monday, Jan. 2 — Rondo, Millsap, Holiday Stars  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Bulls benching Rajon Rondo, whether the Hawks should trade Paul Millsap, and the Clippers' losing streak. All that, plus the star of the NBA holidays, Kris Dunn's handles, Weekend Whoopsies, and more.

Holiday Drop — Friday, Dec. 23  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys hand out some last-minute NBA gifts, share their NBA Christmas wish list, and, in the spirit of Festivus, air some interoffice grievances. That, plus ugly Xmas sweaters, sandless beach mats, holiday raps, and more. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, Dec. 22 — Bobby's Back  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, Angry Uncle Bob returns for the holidays with some controversial opinions about the Heat retiring Shaq's jersey, George Karl's new book, and motorcycles. All that, plus the guys debate whether T-Mac, Big Ben, and Muggsy should make the Hall of Fame, and a brand new edition of The Meme Team.

Wed., Dec. 21 — Peak Boogie  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss DeMarcus Cousins' mouthguard incident, his postgame interviews, and droppin' 55 on the Blazers. That, plus a Xmas edition of Crossfire (including the NBA's best Santa and Scrooge), and Klay Thompson teaches Leigh how to build the perfect paper airplane.

Tuesday, Dec. 20 — Reprimanded  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Kings fining DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gobert's soaring confidence, and jet skiing off of trampolines. All that, plus Stan Van Gundy's rant, Taurean Prince's infinity dab, a wedgie, and Leigh joins us live from Oakland.

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