The Bill Simmons Podcast

The Ringer & Bill Simmons

sports, "tv & film", "society & culture"
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons hosts the most downloaded sports podcast of all time, with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes, and media staples, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House, and a slew of other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciouslyRead more
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Best Episodes

The Future of Sports With Barack Obama and Bakari Sellers. Plus, Million Dollar Picks Week 15.

Dec 17, 2020

"Who makes Obama’s sports Mount Rushmore "

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Bakari Sellers and 44th President of the United States Barack Obama to discuss conferring with NBA players in the Orlando bubble during the wildcat strike, athletes pushing for social change, how different leagues, including the NBA, WNBA, MLB, NFL, and NCAA,Read more

Best NBA Unicorns, Plus Sports Card Boom 3.0 With Kevin O’Connor and Mike Gioseffi

Jan 27, 2021

"Luka sees the game at a different level"

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O'Connor to discuss NBA "unicorns" past and present, as well as the unusually high number of unicorns in today's NBA, including LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokic, and Luka Doncic (2:30). Then Bill talks with TheRead more

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Nov 24, 2020

"“He has no loyalty to anybody” Don’t feel safe in Boston "

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Jackie MacMullan to discuss a whirlwind of NBA free-agency moves and trades as they look ahead to the rapidly approaching NBA season (3:00). Then Bill gives out his Million-Dollar NFL Picks for the Thanksgiving gamesRead more

The Harden Dilemma 2.0, Milwaukee’s Big Move, and CP3 to Phoenix With Raja Bell and Ryen Russillo

Nov 17, 2020

"Ryen Russillo and Bill Simmons on James Harden potentially forcing a trade to Brooklyn:"

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo and Raja Bell discuss James Harden’s desire to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets (2:00). Then, Bill and Ryen talk about the Bucks acquiring Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanovic, the Suns trading for Chris Paul, the Warriors' path to continued success,Read more

Lakers/LeBron/Bubble Stories with Jared Dudley and Ryen Russillo. Plus a 2021 NBA Free Agency Primer

Oct 14, 2020

"Jared Dudley praising Frank Vogel as one of the best coaches"

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo and 2020 NBA champion Jared Dudley to discuss the Lakers' title win, how it felt to leave the NBA bubble, LeBron stories, appreciating Rajon Rondo, the anticlimactic Battle for L.A., young NBA talent, and more. Then Bill and Ryen speculate aboutRead more

NBA Mount GOATmore and Best 21st-Century Teams With Zach Lowe, Plus Brady’s Brainfart and Million Dollar Picks

Oct 9, 2020

"Simmons uses simple math to make Mount GOATmore. And it’s right. "

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN's Zach Lowe to talk about the Heat-Lakers NBA Finals series and the upcoming Game 5, speculate about Finals MVP, perhaps end the NBA GOAT debate once and for all, and play out an eight-seed "21st-Century NBA Championship Team" tournament. Finally, BillRead more

Harden’s Next Team, Westbrook the Wizard, and Pittsburgh’s 19-0 Quest With Joe House and Ryan Shazier

Dec 4, 2020

"Joe House on the Westbrook Trade "

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares his thoughts on James Harden's next team, the only two serious contenders in the Harden sweepstakes, and how the deal can get done (3:00). Then Bill talks with Joe House about the Russell Westbrook–John Wall trade, how Westbrook upgrades the Wizards, what John WallRead more

The Unhappy NBA Star Era, 2020 New York Sports, and MTV’s 'The Challenge' With John Jastremski and Dave Jacoby

Dec 9, 2020

" New York’s most tortured fan bases "

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons shares his thoughts on James Harden wanting out of Houston, as well as some history behind the unhappy NBA star era (2:30), before talking to John Jastremski from WFAN radio about the current state of New York pro sports (34:00). Finally Bill talks with his old pal DavidRead more

The 2021 NBA Over/Under Mega Preview With Ryen Russillo and Joe House

Dec 22, 2020

"Russillo: “Are you f*cking nuts”"

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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo and Joe House on the eve of the 2020-21 NBA season for the annual NBA over/unders podcast. They make their picks for win totals in both the Eastern (2:00) and Western conferences (1:30:00), MVP, rookie of the year, most-improved candidates, andRead more

Brooklyn’s Ceiling, Brady vs. Boston Fans, 'The Bachelor,' and Taylor Swift With Jackie MacMullan and Nora Princiotti

Jan 19, 2021

"NBA All-Time Usage Rate Leaders "

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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Jackie MacMullan to discuss the Kevin Durant–James Harden combo for the Nets, the Nets’ exciting win over the Bucks, “hopeless” NBA teams in a shortened season, fake NBA trades, and more (2:00). Then Bill talks with The Ringer’s Nora Princiotti about Tom BradyRead more
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