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‘The Basketball Jones’ no more, NBA TV crew welcomes ‘The Starters’ to the family (VIDEO)

Oct 2, 2013, 8:37 PM EST

The crew from “The Basketball Jones” had already made it to the big time by securing a regular gig on Canadian television, as well as having their popular podcast at one point being distributed on the Grantland network.

Their latest move to the Turner family as part of NBA TV’s coverage should only help push their knowledgable, entertaining, and hilarious style of basketball analysis even further into the mainstream.

From the official release:

NBA Digital continues to boost its original content with the introduction of The Starters, a collective of fan-focused voices with a unique and unconventional take on the game, to its multimedia portfolio. The Starters, formerly The Basketball Jones, will produce original content across all screens including a daily TV show, podcast and blog, and a constant presence across a variety of social media platforms. Fans can engage with The Starters using the hashtag #TheStarters.

Co-hosts J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas, with contributors Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis, will use their strong fundamentals to continue showing their passion for the game with fun, entertaining and witty content generated on site in Atlanta.

The current NBA TV gang doesn’t appear to be all that familiar with what they’ll be getting, but E.J. Skates and Taj Mahal should do just fine in their new surroundings.

  1. elwaysagenius - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    These guys are hilarious, it sucks that things didn’t work out at The Score, but it’s awesome that they found a new (and probably better) gig.

  2. antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Great promo. Should get people tuned in. Seriously though, I don’t know who they are either.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Check out some of the old Basketball Jones podcasts. Production value on them is excellent. They’re pretty funny and have a bunch of good stories, plus running jokes that span years. As basketball analysis goes, they’re perfect for NBA TV and/or ESPN. They sorta just spout the usual rhetoric and only glance at the surface stuff. Mostly fluff but worth watching.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Okay. I will do that.

  3. skinsfanwill - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    how about putting up a clip of them so WE can see who they are.

  4. phaden27 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Wait. TMac on open court?
    :D!

  5. lakerade - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Now ALL restaurants are Taco Bell!

  6. jbusa1 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    For me this great news. I think most of the NBATV talent is ordinary at best, I rarely watch it. Most of the “talent” (like Isiah Thomas) are downright painful to watch, although I find Sam Mitchell pretty informative at times.

    Last season I listened to the TBJ podcast every day and Bruce Bowen / Izzy Gutierrez ESPN podcast twice a week to get my NBA info. I was SO hoping TBJ would land on their feet after the split with The Score.

    Can’t wait to have Tazzy and Skeets back….GIMME SOME RAPTOR NEWS, FELLAS, and of course Leigh Ellis, GIIIRRRRRRRLLLZZZZZ.

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