They have a new name, but the game they play is still innovative, unconventional, humorous, and now, more accessible. Known as The Basketball Jones when they were running roughshod over the sports blogosphere with creative videos and podcasting, the crew led by J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas and Trey Kerby are now The Starters, and they bring their fan-focused take on the game to NBA TV each weekday. The hourlong show is also supplemented by a blog and podcast, all of it tied together by The Starters' passion for the NBA through fun, lighthearted and entertaining content.
This Emmy Award-winning studio show, which airs following each NBA telecast on TNT, is hosted by Ernie Johnson, with analysis from Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and NBA champions Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal. It's a mix of highlights, interviews and hijinks, notably the verbal sparring sessions between the outspoken Barkley and his straight man, Smith. The show also welcomes various guest analysts throughout the season.