Wed. July 16: Randle’s Handles

, on July 17, 2014, 3:55PM

 

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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.

*****

 

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The Starters TV Clips: The big ‘Trey vs. Trey’ battle

, on July 16, 2014, 2:37PM

 

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!

 

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Tue. July 15: Trey vs. Trey

, on July 16, 2014, 6:02AM

 

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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.

 

*****

 

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The Starters TV Clips: ‘Fact Checkin’ with Jabari Parker

, on July 15, 2014, 4:36PM

 

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’.”

 

Enjoy it!


Mon. July 14: Number Two Buckaroo

, on July 15, 2014, 4:11AM

 

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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.

 

*****

 

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The Starters TV Clips: ‘Change This Face’ with Alexey Shved

, on July 14, 2014, 1:30PM

 

Yes, Alexey Shved, you can throw that cake in Tas’ face. Go nuts.

 

Enjoy it!


Video: Shaquille O’Neal among those taken on HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’

, on June 30, 2014, 12:15PM

 

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.

 

Maybe…


Proposed nicknames for all 60 2014 NBA draftees

, on June 27, 2014, 2:15PM

2014 draft board

 

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

 

doug mcdermott draft

 

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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Full episode: The Starters Best of 2013-14, part 2

, on June 26, 2014, 11:45AM

 

If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of our Best Of shows, do that first. Once you’ve done that, hop back over here and get some laughs going. Next thing you know, you’re caught up on a full season’s worth of television shows, through the power of computing. That’s great efficiency.

 

Enjoy it!


Video: The Hornets’ new court is appropriately honeycombed

, on June 26, 2014, 10:45AM

 

Just like anyone else born between 1980 and 1990, I’m a little bit invested in seeing how this new iteration of the Charlotte Hornets turns out. And after the jerseys that were almost perfect — the whites are great, but the teal and purple should have white around the digits, but otherwise AG — getting a chance to peep their court was the next big thing to see. After all, outside of the colors, pinstripes, Muggsy Bogues, Grandmama, Rex Chapman’s spandex and Kelly Tripucka’s mouth, the honeycomb lane is one of the defining looks of the first version of the Hornets.

 

And now that they’ve unveiled the court, I think we can all agree this is a solid upgrade. Just like the jerseys, it’s not a simple remake, but rather, the designers took the essence of the old franchise and reinvented it to make it more modern day. Which is good, since the 90s aren’t as cool as you remember. Personally, I think it looks magnificent, and I love that the honeycombs made a reappearance, albeit in an updated way.

 

As far as I’m concerned, two stingers up. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.