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The Basketball Jones joins NBA.com as ‘The Starters’

In news that will delight the podcasting and digital basketball world, fan favorite and number one podcast ‘The Basketball Jones’ will join NBA.com under new moniker “The Starters”.

Throughout the Jones’ 1007 episodes the hoops-loving community has come to know and love the boys who bring the game to them each day. The team consisting of J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas, Leigh Ellis and Trey Kerby have continued to uphold the high standard of journalism and media that is now expected amongst NBA circles and have seen success through their live daily show, podcast and blog which has been hosted by TheScore.com throughout the duration of their time as the Jones.

Now, they will continue their success in the digital realm by bringing their new show to NBA.com in the new season, with an hour long live show each day streamed live on NBA.TV titled “The Starters”. The show will be accompanied by the iTunes downloadable podcast/audio book, and of course the continuation of the blog.

The cast of The Starters has demonstrated a unique ability to connect with the NBA’s passionate fan base through fun, creative and entertaining content which is layered across all screens. We continue to look at new ways to expand NBA Digital’s lineup of original content which has resonated with our fans.” –  Christina Miller, SVP & GM of NBA Digital.

With an already built in fanbase, and their funny, ever entertaining daily look at the game we love, we’re sure that The Starters will continue to dominate the digital basketball community.

You can catch the premier episode of The Starters on NBA.TV at 7AM (AEST) Thursday October 31st and connect live with the team on Twitter using the hashtag #TheStarters



Julius Erving: “The Doctor” – Dan Attias

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To celebrate the release of NBA TV’s ‘The Doctor’ we here at NBA Nation Australia would like to get some of you acquainted with this great icon of the past.

Julius Erving was a breath of fresh air at a time when the NBA was in desperate need of change. An athletic, graceful, yet powerful 6’6″ forward who could change a game on both ends of the floor, Erving’s NBA accomplishments include a championship in 1983, MVP trophy in 1981, five All NBA First team and two All NBA Second team selections, two time All Star MVP and 11 time All Star. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 1996 was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players.

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London Hosts The NBA Tomorrow (Knicks V. Pistons)

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The NBA returns to the UK as the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons battle it out at London’s O2 Arena! It’s the third regular season game trip the NBA has made to the country and it has always been a raging success. The Knicks are taking the East by storm, while the Pistons are still struggling to find some sort of relevance throughout a rebuilding period, but nonetheless it should go a long way in helping to showcase the game to fans in the UK. It’s a great expansion idea from the NBA’s marketing team who no doubt have high hopes that they can grow the game outside of North America.  Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will return to the city where just months ago they claimed the gold medal and the 2012 London Olympics, and the Knicks will also welcome guard Iman  Shumpert back into the lineup. With no tickets left, the average asking price for the event online is a whopping 335.23 pounds! That’s about $508 Australian.

The game will be available for all NBA TV League Pass Subscribers live at 7AM Friday morning (AUS)

Now, when’s the NBA coming to Sydney?