The Starters in NOLA: What sound does a Pelican make?

, on February 18, 2014 , 4:00PM


Besides the fact that they have ginormous beaks, people really don’t know all that much about pelicans. So with a team changing their name to Pelicans, we had to ask a bunch of All-Stars what kind of sound that crazy bird makes. Because seriously, no one knows.


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James Harden stole one of Dwight Howard’s All-Star patches after being made fun of

, on February 18, 2014 , 3:15PM


As if NBA players needed anything else to compete over, adidas recently started hooking the All-Stars up with letterman jacket-ish patches that show off their various accomplishments in the league. They look wicked and they’re an incredible way to show off just how ballin you are, but it can also lead to some gentle ribbing of the kind you see above. I mean, of course hyper-competitive basketball players are going to get on their bros about not being totally patched out.


And while that sort of thing is funny enough, it’s even better when you see something like this (via Reddit):


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That’s right — James Harden is wearing one of Dwight Howard’s rebounding champion patches. And having seen this confluence of events, logic holds that the main reason is because Dwight was ragging on him pregame, so Harden felt bad about having just the one patch, and then commandeered one of his teammate’s so that he would look just a bit more accomplished than all those one-timers who also have just a single patch. Because if Kyrie Irving is going to be outchea looking like a pin collector at Disney World, then you know someone who has made the exact same amount of All-Star Games is going to want to look just as important.


Hopefully this sort of thing keeps happening every All-Star Game, because that’s going to be something that will be fun to keep track of. It’s kind of like a who’s-feeling-most-inadequate contest, which might be my favorite kind.

The Starters in NOLA: Which mascot needs a makeover?

, on February 18, 2014 , 2:30PM


Having seen what the Pelicans did to Pierre, we hit Media Day to ask a bunch of All-Stars what other mascot is in need of a makeover. Let’s just say Tas is feeling pretty good about Damian Lillard’s answer.


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The Starters in NOLA: What’s your favorite smoothie and what’s it called?

, on February 18, 2014 , 9:00AM


Now that the Pelicans play in an arena called Smoothie King Center, we had to ask a bunch of All-Stars a very important question — if you had a signature smoothie, what would be in it and what would you call it? Their answers, as you might expect, are worth a listen.


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Sun. Feb. 16: All-Star Saturday Night Recap

, on February 16, 2014 , 12:32PM


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On Sunday’s All-Star podcast, The Starters gather at the Smoothie King Center to breakdown the pros and cons from last night’s Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shootout, and other events. That, plus a Matt Bonner “Alt-Star Party” recap.




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Sat. Feb. 15: All-Star Friday Night Recap

, on February 15, 2014 , 4:32PM


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On today’s Saturday All-Star podcast, The Starters gather in a Jam Session trailer to breakdown the Celebrity Game, po’ boys, the Rising Stars Challenge, private jets, Media Day, and whether or not Skeets saw Doc Brown on the streets of New Orleans.




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The Starters TV Clips: Leigh does the Three-Point Contest

, on February 15, 2014 , 1:30PM


Leigh is always telling us how he could hit 11-25 threes in a three-point contest scenario. So we put him to the test.


And after the jump, Matt Bonner talks about what it’s like to be in an actual three-point contest. Enjoy it!



The Starters’ All-Star predictions podcast

, on February 15, 2014 , 12:53PM


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On Friday’s episode of The Starters, the guys come to you live from Jam Session to bring you their predictions for every event at All-Star Weekend. Plus, Matt Bonner stops by to share some stories and advice on the Three-Point Contest, and Trey and Leigh battle in The Starters’ First Annual Jam Session Dunk Contest.




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The Starters TV Clips: Trey and Leigh battle in a dunk contest

, on February 15, 2014 , 10:52AM


It’s the event literally no one has been waiting for — The Starters’ First Annual Jam Session Dunk Contest, featuring Taco and E-Dogg. That’s right, Trey and Leigh went head-to-head on an 8-foot rim, vying for the title of best dunker on the show.


And after the jump, check out our top 10 most underrated dunks in dunk contest history. Enjoy it!


Check out Nike’s glow-in-the-dark All-Star shoes for Durant, Kobe and LeBron

, on January 28, 2014 , 4:30PM

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Before we talk about these, let’s turn off the lights.


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Ooooooh, fancy. Paul George is going to love these. J/K.


But really, it’s officially All-Star season, which means it’s officially time for us to start seeing all the fancy shoes our favorite players are going to be wearing. It’s one of the greatest times of the year, assuming you like shoes and/or basketball.  And if you do, you’re going to love these new signature Nikes for Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, a.k.a. the three biggest names in the Nike stable.


From the Swoosh:


Nike Basketball is paying tribute to the unique flavor of New Orleans with the 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection, including three shoes: LEBRON 11, KOBE 9 Elite and KD VI.  A “gumbo” in the cultural sense, New Orleans is an eclectic mix of characters, music, cuisine and art.


You can’t rush gumbo… It requires an instinctive balance of heat, spice and creativity. Inspired by the flavors and stories of the Big Easy, Nike cooked up a bold mix of technical innovation, aesthetic flair and old-fashioned New Orleans traditions for some of the world’s best basketball players: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.



The remarkable, collective basketball skills on display in New Orleans Feb. 14-16 are as eclectic as this internationally beloved city.  Leading the charge for Nike Basketball with special interior lining graphics are the LEBRON 11 Gator King, KOBE 9 Elite Maestro and KD VI Illusion; each including a commemorative tarot card and special edition box with purchase of each shoe.


Shoes inspired by New Orleans-y stuff for a game played in New Orleans? Sure makes sense to me, though I will admit that I am not quite sure what about these shoes relates to cuisine. Maybe I am expecting too much, but I’d like to see some beignets even if it would be nearly impossible to get powdered sugar to stick to the shoe.


Personally, I think all three of these are, as my grandma would say, pretty snazzy. I can’t decide which ones I like the best, but I’d probably lean towards the LeBrons, followed by the super-tall Kobes and then the Durants. But I guess you can take that with several grains of salt because I definitely don’t mind a flashy shoe. Your mileage may vary.


All of these bad riders release on February 14, which means someone out there is getting a nice Valentine’s Day gift. Hope it’s me. More pics after the jump.