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

Wed., Feb. 22: Boogie Reax + Trade Winds  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the big winners and losers from the DeMarcus Cousins deal; check the recent NBA trade winds; and debate whether Magic Johnson can successfully turn around the Lakers.

The Drop (All-Star Stories) — Sun., Feb. 19  

On today's special edition of The Drop, recorded live from a green room at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, The Starters discuss All-Star Saturday Night festivities, the epic Taco vs. Skeets Dunk Contest, Guy Fieri and other celebrity sightings, Mardi Gras parades, time zones, and so much more.

Friday, Feb. 17 — All-Star Special  

On Friday's episode of The Starters, live from New Orleans, the guys make their All-Star Weekend predictions; Leigh takes another crack at his Three-Point Contest record; and Trey and Skeets go head-to-head in the fourth annual Starters Dunk Contest.

Wed., Feb. 15: The Next Move  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters: Which team needs to make a trade before the deadline? What's the biggest storyline heading into All-Star Weekend? And which team could be a playoff dark horse? That, plus our final batch of All-Star Hall of Fame nominees, Meme Team, and more Trey vs. Skeets Dunk Contest hype.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 — Ibaka on the Move  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Raptors-Magic trade, what Kevin Love's injury means to the Cavs, and Commissioner Silver mediating the Oakley-Dolan incident. All that, plus sharpshootin' All-Star Hall of Fame nominees, NBA Valentine's Day cards, and Ro Parrish live from Minneapolis.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Feb. 14  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss the breaking Serge Ibaka-to-the-Raptors news, who should replace Kevin Love in the All-Star Game, and whether Jahlil Okafor makes sense in Chicago. That, plus John Legend jams, Valentine's Day candy, $50 roses, MMA art, carrying groceries, and so much more.

Monday, Feb. 13 — Dunk Legends  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Kevin Love's injury (and who might replace him in the All-Star Game), the Blazers-Nuggets big man swap, and Serge Ibaka trade rumors. That, plus new All-Star Hall of Fame nominees, Weekend Whoopsies, and a huge announcement regarding this year's Starters Dunk Contest!

The Drop — Friday, Feb. 10  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the Charles Oakley incident, Phil Jackson's Twitter account, Jabari Parker's injury, and who should replace a banged-up Aaron Gordon in the Dunk Contest. That, plus our 2017 All-Star Weekend plans, solid NBA media ballers, virtual reality, surprising foils for historic teams, and more.

Thursday, Feb. 9 — Free Oakley!  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Knicks legend Charles Oakley getting ejected at MSG last night and the aftermath to follow. That, plus Jabari Parker's knee injury, the Celebrity All-Star Game rosters, Embiid's goggles, and more.

Wed., Feb. 8 — You Buyin' This Beef?  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys take a trip to the NBA Butcher Shop to check on beefs like: Phil Jackson vs. Melo, KD vs. Westbrook, and Lillard vs. The Other Watchmen. That, plus Nuggets legend Fat Lever joins 'em to discus the art of the tripe-double, and Tas and Skeets go head-to-head in Crossfire.

Tuesday, Feb. 7 — Trash It!  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss last night's Cavs-Wizards game, LeBron shootin' down Love-for-Melo trade rumors, and DeMarcus Cousins' latest outburst. That, plus the best PG in the East, Vince Carter's block party, Pop-a-Shot, and more.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Feb. 7  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss the Cavs-Wizards game, silly Love-for-Melo trade rumors, and whether the Pelicans should try and make a move for Okafor. That, plus sexy Mr. Clean, awesome cricket players' names, one fruit to rule them all, and so much more.

Mon. Feb. 6 — Sweet Goodbye  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss tonight's Cavs-Wizards game, Zach LaVine's torn ACL, and Paul Pierce's final visit to Boston. That, plus some Khris Middleton news, Simone & Shaq, a Super Bowl wedgie, and Weekend Whoopsies.

The Drop — Friday, Feb. 3  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the All-Star Saturday Night participants, the Bucks-Hornets trade, and Magic Johnson returning to the Lakers. All that, plus weekend rituals, bromances, stay woke February, Super Bowl picks, and a heated argument about the Tweet of the Week army and segment.

Thursday, Feb. 2 — Starters Steve  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys welcome groundhog "Starters Steve" to debate the second-best team in the East (Celtics or Raptors), the best Curry performance (Steph, Seth, or Dell), and the crazier play from last night (Blake's dime or LeBron's circus shot). All that, plus a new NBA quiz, the Meme Team, and so much more.

Wed., Feb. 1 — Wiz For Real?  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss whether the Wizards are for real, the Cavs interest in Deron Williams, and the latest Carmelo headlines. That, plus dark horse MVP candidates, must-invite Dunk Contest dudes, and Leigh talks to Dirk Nowitzki about leftovers, milestones, and so much more.

Tuesday, Jan. 31 — 'Bron vs. Barkley  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the LeBron vs. Barkley feud, Ibaka trade rumors, and potential new Cavs guards. All that, plus raisin' dem cats, and Jared Greenberg joins us live from San Antonio to get us all set for tonight's Thunder-Spurs action.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Jan. 31  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss LeBron firing back at Barkley, Ibaka trade rumors, Luol Deng's tweet, spooning, Fritos, strange NBA injuries, and so much more.

Monday, Jan. 30 — Smoking Hot  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Heat's winning streak, the Raptors' struggles, and the Knicks and Hawks quadruple overtime game. That, plus dream 3-Point Contest participants, D-Wade's fakie, and a smelly edition of Weekend Whoopsies.

The Drop — Friday, Jan. 27  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss 2017 NBA All-Star Game snubs, LeBron's growing frustration, potential 'Melo trades, and all of the Bulls drama. That, plus Kanter's dumb injury, adult coloring, "Beverly Hills Cop II," sparkling water, and so much more.

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