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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.

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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.

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3471 Ratings
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Sensational

By Beast 03 - Jun 08 2019
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Best basketball podcast easily. Love these guys and have been listening for about 4-5 yrs

Jason Kapono is life

By drop l0ver - Jun 06 2019
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Counting Jason Kapono mentions all time: 72* *updated 6/6/19

iTunes Ratings

3471 Ratings
Average Ratings
2905
471
34
17
44

Sensational

By Beast 03 - Jun 08 2019
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Best basketball podcast easily. Love these guys and have been listening for about 4-5 yrs

Jason Kapono is life

By drop l0ver - Jun 06 2019
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Counting Jason Kapono mentions all time: 72* *updated 6/6/19
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The Starters

Latest release on Oct 29, 2019

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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.

Rank #1: The Drop - One Last Wade-LeBron Dance

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss Wade and LeBron's final game against each other, the Lakers interest in Trevor Ariza, the Nuggets signing Swaggy P, what's eating Kyle Lowry, and whether you'd rather start a franchise with Ben Simmons or Luka Doncic. That, plus future obscure Hall of Famers, the art of swapping jerseys, bread bowls, and Leigh's best Top 5 ever. via Knit

Dec 11 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #2: The Drop - Pressing Questions

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the biggest questions and concerns about all 16 playoff teams. That, plus a 2018 NBA Draft redo, the most heartbreaking moments we've endured as fans, the best fast food desserts, anti-social media, stealing bowling balls, and so much more. via Knit

Mar 15 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #3: The Drop - Celtics, Fox, Wizards, Cousins

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss the Bucks-Celtics game, De'Aaron Fox's star potential, which team is the bigger mess (Wizards or Rockets), and Kerr's comments about Cousins. That, plus Worst of the Week nominees, the new City Edition jerseys, our SmackDown Live experience, Halloween candy, 5-star reviews, and so much more. via Knit

Nov 02 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #4: The Drop - Raps Let It Rip

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss Game 3 of the NBA Finals, including the Raptors' balanced team effort, Curry's 47-point night, Ibaka's rim protection, the Warriors decision to not play Klay, and Lowry getting into it with a fan. That, plus Kyrie's free agency plans, Paul Pierce Poop-Gate, whether Leigh's team cheated at the Media Basketball Tournament, Blair Masters, and more. via Knit

Jun 06 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #5: The Drop - 2019 Trade Deadline Recap

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys the discuss the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline. Which Eastern Conf. powerhouse improved their team the most? Who were the other big winners and losers? And what was the best under-the-radar deal? That, plus an All-Star Draft breakdown, LeBron's rough week, KD rips the media, Leigh's 3-Point Contest preparation, explosive packages, and so much more. via Knit

Feb 08 2019

1hr 32mins

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Rank #6: The Drop - Bucks, Angry Rockets, Future Jerseys

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the Bucks ugly win over the Celtics, the Lakers 19-point comeback, Harden and CP3's gripes about Scott Foster, and the NBA proposing to lower the draft age to 18. That, plus future jerseys, Lady Gaga's Oscars odds, sunscreen theory, flip phones, Zion's shoe, JD's iPad, and more. via Knit

Feb 22 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #7: The Drop - Young Lakers, Russ, Spicy P

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss the Lakers overtime win, Westbrook's All-Star chances, a McCollum-for-Gordon trade idea, Smith Jr. vs. the Mavs, and what to expect from Cousins' Warriors debut tonight. That, plus Siakam's game-winner, NBA pet peeves, cars, university projects, wild startup ideas, and so much more. via Knit

Jan 18 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #8: The Drop - 2019 NBA All-Star Picks

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On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the 2019 NBA All-Star Game starters, who LeBron and Giannis draft first, and then select/debate their East and West reserves. That, plus NBA ratings, supporting actors/players, swim-up bars, Weezer's new album, a Very Solid Tattoo, and so much more. via Knit

Jan 25 2019

1hr 37mins

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Rank #9: The Drop - Spiritually Bruised Warriors, Melo, Trading Fultz

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss the Draymond-Durant dynamic, how the Rockets handled the Melo situation, LeBron's chase for 40K points, Fultz trade ideas, and if Jimmy Butler takes Ben Simmons' All-Star spot. That, plus @dogsatadistance, Leigh's juicing, sod vs. seed, The Mega Powers, folksy expressions, and so much more. via Knit

Nov 16 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #10: The Drop - NBA Q1 Report

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On today's episode of The Drop, The Starters give you some NBA market analysis regarding undervalued and overvalued teams, blue chip prospects, and offseason acquisitions already paying dividends. That, plus this season's 50-point explosion, outstanding stats, hugs, jump balls, holidays, and so much more. via Knit

Nov 27 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #11: The Drop - Recapping First Week Of Playoffs

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss their favorite first-round series, the most surprising individual performances, and which teams have disappointed so far. That, plus Fartgate 2019, Ben Simmons' heel turn, KD vs. Beverely, NBA weekend predictions, how to properly shower, and so much more. via Knit

Apr 19 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #12: The Drop - Thunder-Blazers + Angry Giannis

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the intense Thunder-Blazers game, Nurkic's ejection, angry Giannis, whether the Warriors look vulnerable, and LeBron's chance of catching Kareem. That, plus VC's announcement, emojis, the protein of the future, hacky sack, and Leigh attends a Mariah Carey concert. via Knit

Mar 08 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #13: The Drop - Warriors-Raps, Kings Tension, 'Almost All-Stars'

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss the Warriors-Raptors OT game, including Durant's unstoppable 51, Siakam's coming-out-party, fanboy Drake, and whether it even means anything without Curry or Draymond playing. That, plus the Kings' organizational conflict, final thoughts on the Korver trade, postgame Westbrook, "Almost All-Stars," JD's butterfly stroke, trash cans, video games, and so much more. via Knit

Nov 30 2018

1hr 30mins

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Rank #14: The Drop - Game 7 Fever

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss Sunday's Game 7s in Toronto and Denver, the Warriors chances of beating the Rockets, the Bucks impressive playoff run, the Celtics Kyrie conundrum, and what in hell is going on with the Lakers front office. That, plus late-night snacks, the Met Gala, Hoobastank, podcast ads, and more. via Knit

May 10 2019

1hr 41mins

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Rank #15: The Drop - Mr. Melo, Toxic LeBron, Gobert's Ejection

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss whether the Lakers could use Melo, if Magic will trade for John Wall, KD's comments about playing alongside LeBron, Gobert's ejection, and The Ringer's Top 25 players. That, plus Whiteside's bowel movements, "Mr. Baseball," appliances, a "great" tweet, and so much more. via Knit

Dec 07 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #16: The Drop - A Jazz Is Born

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss Utah's impressive road win, how the Sixers look without Joel Embiid, the Magic's solid February, whether we should care about the Eastern Conf. playoff race, Giannis vs. Harden, and first-round matchups we'd like to see. That, plus the problems with "A Star Is Born," juicy fruits, autographs, Canadian rap, and so much more. via Knit

Mar 01 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #17: The Drop - 2019 Playoff Preview & Predictions

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On today's episode of The Drop, the guys preview and predict all eight first-round series of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. All that, plus, um, what you doin', Magic? via Knit

Apr 11 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #18: The Drop - Every Hero Has A Genesis

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss Joel Embiid and the 76ers clowning the Raptors in Game 3, whether Nurse can - or will - make any adjustments, and if some of the dirty play will continue. That, plus we lookahead to tonight's Bucks-Celtics and Nuggets-Blazers series, debate the Rockets' chances of still beating the Warriors, complain about Sonic's weird teeth, and so much more. via Knit

May 03 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #19: The Drop - Harder To Guard

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the Warriors comeback win over the Blazers, Iggy's game-winning strip, the Raptors slim chances vs. the Bucks, why the Pelicans will still trade AD this summer, and which team has the best trade package. That, plus our favorite Game 7s ever, catchphrases, Grumpy Cat, planetariums, and more. via Knit

May 17 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #20: The Drop - Butler/Rockets Rumors, Lonzo, OKC

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss the Jimmy Butler-Houston trade rumors, Karl-Anthony Frowns, whether Lonzo should start over Rondo, OKC's 0-4 start, and Steph Curry's slim MVP chances. That, plus David Stern calls out the Pelicans, shady ice cream trucks, heckling, and so much more. via Knit

Oct 26 2018

1hr 17mins

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The Final Drop

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On today's final episode of The Drop with NBA TV, the guys discuss the Raptors 2019 NBA championship, what it was like to be in the locker room and live in Jurassic Park, the Warriors' valiant effort, Leigh's press box etiquette, and what's next in store for the show. Turn up. Love you, guys. Awesome. via Knit

Jun 14 2019

1hr 14mins

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Thu. June 13 - Another Shot At It

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On Thu.'s episode of The Starters, Trey checks in from Oracle to set the scene for the final game at the arena, explain which team is under the most pressure, and the recipe for a Warriors Game 6 win. Tas and Leigh discuss if the Raptors can bounce back, whether Klay will finally have an off-game, and what Cousins shows up tonight. All that, plus Skeets joins the show from Jurassic Park in Toronto to talk lines, weather, and if Raptors fans' confidence is wavering a little. via Knit

Jun 13 2019

22mins

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Wed. June 12 - KD's Recovery Tour

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On Wed.'s episode of The Starters, Trey joins the guys live from Oakland to discuss how the team has responded to Kevin Durant's injury update, whether they'll use it as a source of motivation, and if other teams will still offer KD the max this summer. That, plus Leigh asks fans outside Oracle to share their best memories of the arena, and Skeets checks in from Toronto to share his thoughts on how the Finals plays out, and Kyrie Irving's next team. via Knit

Jun 12 2019

23mins

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Tue. June 11 - Yup, Still Here

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On Tuesday's ep. of The Starters, the guys breakdown an extremely eventful Game 5 starting with Kevin Durant's brutal injury. Who deserves blame? What the heck were Raptors fans doing cheering? And does this change KD's free agency plans? That, plus the guys discuss the biggest reason for Golden State's win, whether Nick Nurse should not have called that late timeout with his team rolling, and their favorite moments from inside the Scotiabank Arena. via Knit

Jun 11 2019

23mins

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Mon. June 10 - Is This The End?

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On Monday's special one-hour ep. of The Starters - live from Jurassic Park in Toronto! - the guys discuss what to watch for in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Can Kevin Durant save the Warriors? What's the key to the Raptors closing it out? And has Toronto broken the Warriors' sprit? All that, plus Vince Carter reminisces about the good old Raps; we discuss whether Golden State is a true dynasty; and an announcement about the future of the show. via Knit

Jun 10 2019

45mins

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Fri. June 7 - Game 4 Preview

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On Friday's ep. of The Starters, the guys preview what to watch for in Game 4 tonight; talk to Leigh Ellis about Klay Thompson's return and what Warriors fans think about the country of Canada; and discuss the chances of KD returning at all these NBA Finals. via Knit

Jun 07 2019

22mins

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Thu. June 6 - Good Job, Good Team Effort

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On Thursday's ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss whether the Warriors punted Game 3, Draymond Green's confidence moving forward, and the Kyle Lowry-courtside fan incident. That, plus Leigh asks Warriors fans to "trash talk" Drake, and the fellas break down the Nets-Hawks trade and Paul Pierce Poopgate. via Knit

Jun 07 2019

23mins

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The Drop - Raps Let It Rip

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss Game 3 of the NBA Finals, including the Raptors' balanced team effort, Curry's 47-point night, Ibaka's rim protection, the Warriors decision to not play Klay, and Lowry getting into it with a fan. That, plus Kyrie's free agency plans, Paul Pierce Poop-Gate, whether Leigh's team cheated at the Media Basketball Tournament, Blair Masters, and more. via Knit

Jun 06 2019

1hr 22mins

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Wed. June 5 - What To Watch + M-V-Leigh

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On Wed.'s episode of The Starters, the guys discuss what to watch for in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, talk to Leigh about his stellar media basketball tournament performance, and in Crossfire, debate whether Jimmy Butler deserves a max contract and the best landing spot for Kyrie this offseason. via Knit

Jun 05 2019

22mins

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Tue. June 4 - Who's In & Who's Out?

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On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss whether the Warriors can overcome their injuries, what adjustments the Raptors could make in Game 3, and the early Finals MVP favorite. That, plus Leigh Ellis checks in from Oakland, Raptors fans tell Kawhi why he should stay in Toronto, and so much more. via Knit

Jun 04 2019

23mins

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Mon. June 3 - They Find A Way

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On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss if the Raptors blew a golden opportunity to win Game 2, whether they should have fouled late, and if the wounded Warriors need Leigh to suit up for Game 3. That, plus the most disappointing Raptor performance, free agent news surrounding Ricky Rubio and Kemba Walker, and Trey talks shop with Nav. via Knit

Jun 03 2019

23mins

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The Drop - That Game 2 Of Runs

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss Game 2 of the NBA Finals, including the Warriors' 18-0 second-half run, Iguodala's dagger three-ball, the most disappointing Raptors performance, and Toronto's chances of still winning the series. That, plus injuries galore, Jurassic Park logistics, Trey's selfie with Drake, Top 5 Freds, NBA Finals trivia, old tweets, and more. via Knit

Jun 03 2019

1hr 20mins

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Sun. June 2 - Transition Talk

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On Sunday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss what to watch for in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Will Toronto be able to slow Steph Curry again? Do the Warriors concede open shots to certain Raptors? Can the Dubs get back in transition? That, plus Trey Kerby checks in live from Jurassic Park where he asks fans to name their favorite random Raptors players, and he has a conversation with Fred VanVleet. via Knit

Jun 02 2019

22mins

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The Drop - Spicy Game 1

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On today's Drop, the guys discuss Game 1 of the NBA Finals, including Siakam's monster performance, the Raptors elite defense, Cousins' limited minutes, whether the Warriors need KD to win the series, and Drake prop bets. That, plus the Rockets interesting offseason, the idea of midseason tournaments, driving with your hazard lights on, summer colds, mint, and so much more. via Knit

May 31 2019

1hr 26mins

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Thu. May 30 - Life Will Not Be Contained

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On Thu.'s ep. of The Starters, Trey joins the guys live from Jurassic Park to discuss the Finals atmosphere in Toronto, Cousins being cleared to play, and if there's pressure on the Raptors to win Game 1. That, plus key matchups and performances to watch for tonight, wildcard Finals MVP picks, Drake prop bets, and more. via Knit

May 30 2019

23mins

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Wed. May 29 - Finals X-Factors

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On Wed.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys continue to preview the upcoming NBA Finals by discussing some Warriors and Raptors' X-factors, as well as make some bold series predictions. That, plus Trey Kerby talks with Serge Ibaka from up in Toronto, and in Crossfire, the guys debate whether Griff can convince AD to stay, and who the Rockets should look to trade. via Knit

May 29 2019

22mins

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Tue. May 28 - Cousins, Pressure, L.A. Drama

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On Tue.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss whether Steve Kerr would start a potentially healthy DeMarcus Cousins for Game 1, and which superstar is under more pressure heading into the Finals: Kawhi or Curry? That, plus we dissect Baxter Holmes bombshell feature about the Lakers' culture of fear, distrust and anxiety; and we countdown the Top 10 plays of the playoffs. via Knit

May 28 2019

22mins

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Mon. May 27 - That Really Happened

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On Mon.'s ep. of The Starters, the guys discuss the Toronto Raptors advancing to their first NBA Finals, whether the Warriors need KD back, and if Kawhi will or should guard Steph Curry. That, plus Giannis walks out of his postgame press conference, Uncle Dennis speaks, Drake vs. Smash Mouth, and more. via Knit

May 27 2019

23mins

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The Drop - We Believe In The North

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On today's special ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the Raptors making the NBA Finals, what it means to the country, Kawhi's historic playoff run, and Toronto's chances to upset the mighty Golden State Warriors' dynasty. That, plus Tas shares his wild Sat. airport ordeal, carpet popcorn, awkward poop stories, and more. via Knit

May 27 2019

1hr 15mins

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The Drop - One. Win. Away.

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On today's ep. of The Drop, the guys discuss the Raptors taking a 3-2 lead in the East Finals (!), the machine that is Kawhi Leonard, and Fred VanVleet turning into Klay Thompson. That, plus Drake's postgame comments, KD's injury update, All-NBA snubs, Kemba's supermax, chugging beer, ATL bugs, and so much more. via Knit

May 24 2019

1hr 35mins

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iTunes Ratings

3471 Ratings
Average Ratings
2905
471
34
17
44

Sensational

By Beast 03 - Jun 08 2019
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Best basketball podcast easily. Love these guys and have been listening for about 4-5 yrs

Jason Kapono is life

By drop l0ver - Jun 06 2019
Read more
Counting Jason Kapono mentions all time: 72* *updated 6/6/19