NBA Preview: 72 Burning Questions (Part 7 of 9)

, on October 22, 2014 , 2:03PM

 

On today’s seventh installment of The Starters’ 2014-15 NBA preview podcasts, the guys — minus Dad Kerby — continue to tackle 72 burning questions about the upcoming season. Which team is the most difficult to predict? Who will win Defensive Player of the Year? And which random nickname will Tas try to get to stick this season? All that, plus Leigh discusses Coach Pop, Tom Chambers, and the best biceps in the league on the “Hot Seat.”

 

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Previous episodes: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

 

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NBA Preview: 72 Burning Questions (Part 6 of 9)

, on October 21, 2014 , 12:20PM

NBA Preview: 72 Burning Questions (Part 5 of 9)

, on October 20, 2014 , 11:03AM

 

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On today’s fifth installment of The Starters’ 2014-15 NBA preview podcasts, the guys continue to tackle 72 burning questions about the upcoming season. Who will be the eight Eastern Conference playoff teams? Which team got better, not by who they added, but who they lost? And what was the best offseason trash talk? All that, plus Tas jumps back in the “Hot Seat” for five more hard-hitting questions of his own.

*****

 

Previous episodes: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

 

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NBA Preview: 72 Burning Questions (Part 4 of 9)

, on October 17, 2014 , 11:39AM

 

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On today’s fourth installment of The Starters’ 2014-15 NBA preview podcasts, the guys continue tackling 72 burning questions about the upcoming season. Which Western Conference lottery team has the best chance of making the playoffs? Who has the league’s worst contract? And once and for all, just who is the best backcourt in the league? All that, plus Skeets hands over the cue cards to take his first turn in the “Hot Seat.”

*****

 

Previous episodes: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

 

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NBA Preview: 72 Burning Questions (Part 3 of 9)

, on October 16, 2014 , 12:30PM

 

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On today’s third installment of The Starters’ 2014-15 NBA preview podcasts, the guys continue tackling 72 burning questions about the upcoming season. Who will make their first NBA All-Star Game? Who’s the most overrated player in the league? And in creating the perfect Dunk Contest, who’s your one “must invite” dunker? All that, plus Leigh jumps in the “Hot Seat” for five hard-hitting questions.

*****

 

Previous episodes: Part 1, Part 2

 

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Other menial tasks for Steve Nash to avoid to save his old man back

, on October 16, 2014 , 11:25AM

steve nash old

 

By now you have heard the news — Steve Nash is an old man and he hurt his back carrying bags at practice. Really.

 

You may be thinking that 40 years old isn’t that old, and I’d totally agree with you. But on the other hand, look at every other player 40 years or older who has played in the NBA recently and you’ll see that it’s been more than a decade since someone had a successful season whilst being at least 40 years old. And that’s without being Steve Nash, who has been having back problems for basically as long as I can remember.

 

As such, here is a quick guide to help Steve Nash avoid hurting his back any more by doing things that would be OK for a younger man.

 

– Don’t try to carry a non-flatscreen TV up and down the stairs, even if there aren’t that many stairs. Those old TVs are super heavy, and though his old man strength (the strength you randomly acquire throughout life until you are somehow able to carry bulky furniture all by yourself) will surely kick in to make this do-able, I just wouldn’t recommend it because the angles are very awkward. And as we all know, awkward angles lead to hurty backs.

 

– Find someone else to mow the lawn. Also saves you a sunburn.

 

– When you go out to a yacht rock concert, try to keep your dancing to a minimum. It’s going to be tough when you hear “Easy Lover” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” but the long term benefit of not dancing with wild abandon is playing (at least) another 10 games during the regular season. I don’t know how scientists figured out this corollary, but that’s why they’re scientists and I am not.

 

– Sit down to fold laundry. A lot of people like to stand while they’re folding because clothes can get pretty long, but if you stay seated you can just chill and get your clothes folded. It doesn’t have to be a big production.

 

– Don’t jump off any roofs. This is good advice in general, but there are times when you’re on a pretty low rooftop deck, then you look over and think, “That’s not a far drop, I could jump this.” Maybe you could, but it’s going to hurt your back, so just don’t.

 

– No shoveling the driveway. Probably pretty easy to do in Los Angeles.

 

Now obviously there are a bunch of other things Steve Nash could do to save his back, from heating up a sock filled with rice in the microwave and putting it on his back to freezing a bag of peas and putting it on his back. In fact, there are thousands of foods you can put on your back to make it feel better. But that’s after your back is killing you, which is why he needs to avoid these basic, every day things in order to preserve his body.

 

Either that or find a rookie to carry his bags. I kind of thought that was the whole point of rookies.


NBA Preview: 72 Burning Questions (Part 2 of 9)

, on October 15, 2014 , 12:00PM

 

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On today’s second installment of The Starters’ 2014-15 NBA preview podcasts, the guys continue tackling 72 burning questions about the upcoming season. What was the worst and/or weirdest move of the offseason? Which team has the league’s deepest bench? And who has more left in tank: Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade? All that, plus Trey hits the “Hot Seat” for five hard-hitting questions of his own.

*****

 

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Jose Calderon can’t escape his ham farm story

, on October 15, 2014 , 11:05AM

jose calderon at the ham farm

 

If you’ve been following The Starters since our TBJ days, then you know we’ve always had a soft, salty spot in our hearts for Jose Calderon, the Raptors’ all-time leading assist man and the only person in the league who I am aware of that owns a ham farm in Spain. And if you’ve been paying close attention to all our ham farm mentions, then the fact that Jose Calderon hates all those ham farm mentions should come as no surprise.

 

Via the Toronto Sun:

 

We finally found someone Jose Calderon, perhaps the nicest man in the entire NBA is a little cross with — whoever wrote in the Raptors media guide long ago that Calderon was a dedicated pig farmer.

 

Calderon spent a few minutes prior to Monday’s pre-season game, his first at Madison Square Garden as a member of the Knicks, playing down talk that he is some sort of pig farming kingpin who is heavily involved in the process.

 

“I’m just part of that business, I’ve just got my brand,” Calderon said with a laugh, dispelling any rumours he spends his spare time in the mud with swine.

 

“We just buy some ham for farmers. You sell that, it’s not like we’re huge, big, I don’t have pigs. I don’t know who did that at the beginning, that media guide,” he said.

 

OK, fair enough. If he doesn’t own pigs, then I guess he isn’t technically a ham farmer. Sure, he did a commercial with Sprint last year talking about Spanish ham and which soil is the best in all of Spain for ham pigs, so he seems to be a bit more involved than he’s letting on (not to mention, the fact he knows their diet and its effects). At the very least, it seems like Jose Calderon is really trying to put his delicious ham farm behind him.

 

Not so fast, says Dwane Casey.

 

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has made no secret of his fondness for Calderon: “He’s one of those guys you remember (when you are done coaching),” Casey said.

 

“He’s one of the most beautiful leaders I’ve ever been around. Jose is great, he’s a beautiful man. Very knowledgeable, I always tease him, does he want to get into coaching, and hopefully he’s smart and doesn’t do that, stay with his pig business over in Spain and raise his family.”

 

Right around that time, Calderon walked by and interrupted Casey’s media scrum for a hug.

 

“I was just telling them what a great pig farmer you are,” Casey said, keeping that narrative going.

 

Hahahahahaha. You know what they say — once a ham farmer in a media guide, always a ham farmer.


Russell Westbrook doesn’t know what memes are

, on October 14, 2014 , 2:00PM

russell westbrook scary dunk

 

Important news re: memes, my friends.

 

 

This. Will. Not. Stand.

 

So as one of the basketball internet’s foremost experts on memes, here’s a quick refresher course for Russell Westbrook on some popular memes.

 

westbrook-harden-this-could-be-us

 

#ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin

A very popular Twitter meme (and also a Prince song), #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin shows ill-fated relationship scenarios between two compatible people. You know, like when two fashion-forward superstar guards come up with the same team, but one gets traded because of money.

 

westbrook fashion doge

 

Fashion Doge

An extension of the standard Doge meme, Fashion Doge allows fancy dogs to show off their finest wares, like a bowtie AND suspenders AND clear glasses AND a fedora. All at once. Wow. Much influence.

 

ibaka westbrook do you even lift

 

Do You Even Lift Bro?

A Starters office classic, Do You Even Lift Bro? shows a small, fit dude asking an obviously jacked dude if they lift weights, leading to the meathead getting very upset about being accused of being small.

 

westbrook not sure if

 

Not Sure If…

Not Sure If… is the perfect meme for when you’re pretty confused by what’s going on. For instance, if a reporter asks you a question that doesn’t makes sense and you really want to ridicule them, hit them with the side-eye to make them feel like a total idiot.

 

westbrook booty had me like

 

Booty Had Me Like

Another Twitter classic, Booty Had Me Like shows people having their minds blown by a booty. As Russell Westbrook makes lots of crazy faces on the court, there is no shortage of meme-able pictures.

 

westbrook perkins true detective

 

#TrueDetectiveSeason2

Find a picture of two people next to each other, hashtag it #TrueDetectiveSeason2 and you’ve made a meme. It helps if the two people are both striking double-teapots and it would be hilarious to imagine them solving crimes.

 

westbrook grumpy cat

 

Grumpy Cat

Because Russell Westbrook is grumpy and a cat.

 

 

These are just a few of the at least 100 memes out there, but this is just a quick primer so that Russell Westbrook can know what memes are. Now that he’s got some background, the next step in his meme education is creating memes. I’ll be waiting for a call.

 

(via SBNation)


NBA Preview: 72 Burning Questions (Part 1 of 9)

, on October 14, 2014 , 1:02PM

 

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On today’s first installment of The Starters’ 2014-15 NBA preview podcasts, the guys begin tackling 72 burning questions about the upcoming season. What was the best move of the offseason? What are some of the must-watch League Pass teams? And who will win Rookie of the Year? All that, plus Tas climbs upon the “Hot Seat” for five hard-hitting questions of his own.

*****

 

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