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The Starters

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 Drop - One Last Wade-LeBron Dance

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

1hr 15mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #1

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The Drop - Pressing Questions

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

1hr 31mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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The Drop - Celtics, Fox, Wizards, Cousins

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

1hr 31mins

2 Nov 2018

Rank #3

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The Drop - Raps Let It Rip

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

1hr 22mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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The Drop - 2019 Trade Deadline Recap

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

1hr 32mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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The Drop - Bucks, Angry Rockets, Future Jerseys

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

1hr 33mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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The Drop - Young Lakers, Russ, Spicy P

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

1hr 31mins

18 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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The Drop - 2019 NBA All-Star Picks

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

1hr 37mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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The Drop - Spiritually Bruised Warriors, Melo, Trading Fultz

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

1hr 14mins

16 Nov 2018

Rank #9

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The Drop - NBA Q1 Report

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

1hr 16mins

27 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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The Drop - Recapping First Week Of Playoffs

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

1hr 20mins

19 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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The Drop - Thunder-Blazers + Angry Giannis

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

1hr 24mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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The Drop - Warriors-Raps, Kings Tension, 'Almost All-Stars'

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

1hr 30mins

30 Nov 2018

Rank #13

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The Drop - Game 7 Fever

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

1hr 41mins

10 May 2019

Rank #14

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The Drop - Mr. Melo, Toxic LeBron, Gobert's Ejection

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

1hr 23mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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The Drop - A Jazz Is Born

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

1hr 24mins

1 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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The Drop - 2019 Playoff Preview & Predictions

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

1hr 12mins

11 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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The Drop - Every Hero Has A Genesis

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

1hr 25mins

3 May 2019

Rank #18

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The Drop - Harder To Guard

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

1hr 30mins

17 May 2019

Rank #19

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The Drop - Butler/Rockets Rumors, Lonzo, OKC

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

1hr 17mins

26 Oct 2018

Rank #20