After an NBA season, the playoffs, the Finals, the draft, free agency and a trip to Las Vegas for Samsung Summer League, we’re taking a break for a bit. You’ll see us around the Hall of Fame inductions, then we’ll be back for the medal round of the FIBA World Cup, but until then The Starters will be enjoying the rest of their summer and recharging those metaphorical batteries you always hear about.
Stay tuned. Next season is less than a hundred days away.
Live from Samsung NBA Summer League, The Starters put Lakers’ rookie Julius Randle to the test as he plays the “Kobe Superfan Trivia Challenge.” All that, plus Lance Stephenson’s surprise move to Charlotte, Summer League highlights, and Adam Silver’s mid-season tournament proposal.
Trey Burke vs. Trey Kerby, an epic matchup five months in the making, settled once and for all in the Las Vegas heat.
Then after the jump, get familiar with STEVE HOLT. Enjoy it!
Live from Samsung NBA Summer League, Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke faces off against Trey Kerby in a battle of wits, endurance, and skill. Plus Dirk heads back to Dallas, Wade re-ups in Miami, and Doug McDermott continues to impress at Summer League.
What is Jabari Parker’s favorite superhero, what did he want to be when he was five, and who in the world is Michael Donegan? All this in more, in our very first edition of “Fact Checkin’.”
Live from Samsung NBA Summer League, The Starters are joined by Bucks forward Jabari Parker to do a bit of “Fact Checkin’” on some internet research. They also discuss this summer’s Team USA selections, Klay Thompson or Bradley Beal and all the on-the-court action from Day 4 in Vegas.
Dag. Really going to miss Shaq. He had a great run — basketball, movies, TV, rap music, soda pops, clothing, websites, other websites. Not sure how we’ll ever replace someone like him, but he’s in a better place now.
Once a year, I come up with a bunch of dumb nicknames for everyone in the draft, knowing that said nicknames will never be used by anyone else. It’s my favorite thing of the year. Here is this year’s edition:
1 — Andrew “Andy” Wiggins
2 — “Jolly” Jabari Parker
3 — Joel “Embones” Embiid
4 — Aaron “Deputy Commissioner” Gordon
5 — Dante “Hex Em” Exum
6 — Marcus “Smarc” Smart
7 — Julius “Adjunct Professor J” Randle
8 — Nik “The Stick” Stauskas
9 — Noah “Silent H” Vonleh
10 — Elfrid “Cloudhead” Payton
11 — Doug “Dougie McDougDoug” McDermott
12 — Dario Saric a.k.a. “Dario Nasaric”
13 — Zach “Maroon 1″ LeVine
14 — T.J. “Wiggly” Warren
15 — Adreian “Major” Payne
16 — Jusuf “Stevens” Nurkic
17 — “Sweet Baby” James Young
18 — Tyler “The Creator” Ennis
19 — Gary Harris a.k.a. “Hairy Garris”
20 — Bruno “Who Know?” Caboclo
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