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

The Drop - Thursday, Mar. 23  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss Westbrook's "perfect" triple-double, the Cavaliers' lackluster defense, and new thoughts on players resting. That, plus Paul Millsap news, Joel Embiid's surgery, whether Ray Allen gets his jersey retired, the All-Tease-O Team, annoying car salesmen, and so much more.

Wed. Mar. 22 - Throwing Hands  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka's one-game suspensions, the Sixers reportedly making a move for Paul George, and Hassan Whiteside's unfortunate hand injury. All that, plus LeBron comments on players resting, our favorite NBA brothers, Meme Team, and more.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 - Usain Harden  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Warriors owning OKC this season, whether Harden is back in the MVP driver's seat, and Commissioner Silver's memo about resting healthy players. That, plus the Blazers' playoff chances, LeBron James Corden, and new game called "Fashion or Naw????"

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Mar. 21  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss the NBA's resting players problem, the Warriors-Thunder scuffle, Harden's game-winner, and Lillard's unbelievable week. That, plus a PB&J controversy, giant chickens, internal beefs, and so much more.

Monday, Mar. 20 — Resting Beef  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys head to the Butcher Shop to check out some tasty new beefs like NBA fans vs. resting players, Westbrook vs. Curry, and the '08 Celtics vs. Ray Allen. That, plus the Wiz-Celtics rivalry, potato parcels, and Weekend Whoopsies.

Wed. Mar. 15 — Starters Madness!  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, wedgies, doinkers and Bieber's crossover — the guys debate what/who will take home the crown in The Starters March Madness tourney! That, plus Melo's fur hat steals the show, and we hit you with best Top 10 plays in sportz!

Tuesday, Mar. 14 — So Disappointed  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, they debate the most disappointing signing (Chandler Parsons, Joakim Noah, or Timofey Mozgov), the bigger win last night (Jazz or Wolves), and the sicker dime (Rubio or Jokic). That, plus potential first-round matchups, March Madness picks, Steph Curry birthday celebrations, and so much more.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Mar. 14  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys play "How Worried Are You?" in regards to the Warriors, Spurs, Raptors, Cavaliers, and Bulls. That, plus Vince Carter's perfect night, Chandler Parsons' latest knee injury, the SDSU Jackrabbits, hot yoga, and so much more.

Monday, Mar. 13 — Boom Dizzle  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys welcome TNT's Players Only analyst Baron Davis to the studio to discuss lattes, aliens, and his NBA career. All that, plus thoughts on LaMarcus Aldridge's health scare, Larry Sanders' impending return, Kristaps Porzingis' mounting frustration, and a new round of Weekend Whoopsies.

The Drop — Friday, Mar. 10  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys tackle some NBA March Madness by discussing the No. 1 seeds, Cinderella runs, possible first-round upsets, and Diaper Dandies. That, plus the Golden Girls, waffles, potassium, WiFi suggestions, and so much more.

Thursday, Mar. 9 — Gunnin' For That No. 1 Spot  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys debate whether the Spurs can catch the Warriors, as well as the Heat and Pelicans' chances of making the playoffs. That, plus playoff pressure, young 30K potential, our favorite SLAM covers, and a new edition of the Meme Team.

Wed., Mar. 8 — Dirk Forever  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Dirk Nowitzki joining the 30,000-point club, what his legacy is moving forward, and whether he'll catch Wilt. That, plus we revisit some of Dirk's funniest NBA moments, address Westbrook's career-night, and Trey gets mad messy paying off his latest Pick 'Em loss!

Tuesday, Mar. 7 — Kawhi Not?  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Kawhi Leonard's statement game, Andrew Bogut's leg injury, and Dennis Schroder getting benched in Atlanta. That, plus Brent Barry is back to share his thoughts on the MVP race and the Knicks' no-music experiment; and Sekou Smith joins us live from OKC to get us set for some Blazers-Thunder action.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Mar. 7  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss Kawhi Leonard's MVP chances, Andrew Bogut's injury, MSG's no-music experiment, and Dirk Nowitzki's upcoming milestone. That, plus pineapple on a pizza, Pantera, fingernails, milk, and so much more.

Monday, Mar. 6 — Purest Form  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss MSG's no-music experiment, the weekend's best game winner, and Dirk approaching the 30,000-point milestone. That, plus Cuban continues to question Westbrook's MVP candidacy, the Mavericks' playoff chances, and some classic Weekend Whoopsies.

The Drop (Q3 Report) — Fri., Mar. 3  

On today's episode of The Drop, The Starters debate the MVP, Rookie, Coach, DPOY, Sixth Man, and Most Improved leaders at the three-quarter mark of the season. That, plus Amar'e, Katy Perry, sandbars, arena names, potato salad, beef, and much more.

Thursday, Mar. 2 — East Playoff Preview?  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys debate which East team picked up the bigger win (C's or Wizards), the better head shot (Gortat or Capela), and the more impressive block (IT or Wall). That, plus Jahlil Okafor's "defense," Phil Jackson insisting the Knicks run the triangle, and a LOL-edition of The Meme Team.

Wed., Mar. 1 — KD's Knee  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Kevin Durant's knee injury and how it could affect the Warriors moving forward. That, plus a Crossfire debate about Embiid's ROY resume; and we head to the NBA Butcher Shop to weigh in check out some new beefs like Booker vs. the Grizzlies and Draymond vs. Pierce.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Bigs  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Howard-Horford skirmish, the best fit for Andrew Bogut, and the Pelicans' playoff chances slipping away. That, plus Steph's rough shooting night, Mardi Gras, and Jared joins us live from D.C. to weigh in on KD's comments about why he didn't sign with the Wiz.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Feb. 28  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss whether the Raptors can survive without Lowry, the Cavs signing D-Will, and the new-look Pelicans. That, plus the Embiid-less Rookie of the Year race, fast food, basketball movies, the Oscars snafu, and so much more.

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