After 20 years together on Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about. The Steam Room podcast is the new platform for EJ, Chuck, and weekly guests to explore conversations beyond the world of basketball. Grab your bracelet and step into The Steam Room every Thursday… and please, remember to keep your towel on.
Different Stratosphere + Coach K
It’s a LEGENDARY season finale in the Steam Room with Duke MBB coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Hall of Famer joins Charles and Ernie to look forward to his retirement and back at late-nights with the ’92 Dream Team. This episode is full of stories as Charles recounts the time he was afraid to see Coach K at practice, why Michael Jordan never slept and more. A surprise guest joins to discuss the 2021 Black Masters, and Steve Gleason blows EJ & Chuck away with an inspiring message on the answering machine.
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YES! + Marv Albert
Ahead of his retirement this summer, Marv Albert joins Ernie and Charles in the Steam Room to reflect on his legendary 7-decade-long broadcasting career, share some of his favorite moments from behind the mic, and throw shade at Mike Fratello. Charles commends Naomi Osaka for speaking out on mental health and expresses his gratitude for Coach K. And as always, Chuck’s answering machine delivers a surprise that is sure to brighten your day.
Couple of Boneheads + P. K. Subban
New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban skates into The Steam Room to talk TNT’s impending NHL coverage, his passion for charity work and how to foster the next generation of Black hockey players. Legendary producer Tim Kiely stops by for a mouthwatering discussion surrounding summer cookouts. Chuck can’t get enough of the Brooks Koepka & Bryson DeChambeau drama and Ernie DEMANDS Steam Room merch.
Dawgs & Drums + Maria Taylor
ESPN’s Maria Taylor enters The Steam Room to talk about giving the commencement address at her and Ernie’s alma mater, the NBA playoffs, farm life and the incredible legacy of Lavonia Matthews. Drummer dude Harry Miree joins to celebrate his Webby win, make us all smile and team up with Charles for a good cause. Ernie thinks you should watch Whiplash.
Hard Work Being Barkley + Spike Lee
New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee hops into the Steam Room to share his excitement as his team prepares for their first playoff appearance in eight years. The Academy Award-Winning storyteller dishes on one wild night in Barcelona with The Dream Team, and recounts his experience working with the late Chadwick Boseman. As always, the conversation goes bigger than basketball as the trio discusses the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and New York’s post-pandemic recovery. Charles & Ernie look forward to Inside the NBA’s Hall of Fame induction, EJ reveals who made his MVP ballot and Chuck lists something equally important: his favorite sandwiches.
Analytical Guys + Adam Lefkoe
Adam Lefkoe joins Ernie and Charles in the Steam Room to cover everything from the evolution of TNT Tuesdays to tornado chasing, MVP cases and marriage advice. TK cuts his vacation short to drop by and put the Chuckster’s NHL knowledge to the test. Chuck’s Answering Machine delivers again and the guys get a visit from a very special loyal steamer.
Terrific TNT Crew
Love the pod, big fan of Chuck cause he’s super funny and enjoyable to listen to. And first of all, Ernie has a legendary iconic voice.
I have only been listening since May 22. This steamer always keeps his towel on. It is only appropriate.
When this show first started I loved it. Bringing in someone as decisive as Don Lemon at a time like this makes me think that this show might not be for me.