61 episodes

Bill Simmons’s new podcast breaks down the NBA's most important games, players, and teams, extending and reinventing his New York Times no. 1 bestselling book from 2009. Playing off the NBA’s dramatic changes during the past decade, Bill uses new commentary and fresh interviews with players and top media members to determine how the league has evolved and where it’s headed.Produced by Bill Simmons and Kyle Crichton Music by Jackson Lowe Lyrics and vocals by Tic Tac and Melatonin

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    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

Bill Simmons’s new podcast breaks down the NBA's most important games, players, and teams, extending and reinventing his New York Times no. 1 bestselling book from 2009. Playing off the NBA’s dramatic changes during the past decade, Bill uses new commentary and fresh interviews with players and top media members to determine how the league has evolved and where it’s headed.Produced by Bill Simmons and Kyle Crichton Music by Jackson Lowe Lyrics and vocals by Tic Tac and Melatonin

    8. Modern Icons | Icons Club

    8. Modern Icons | Icons Club

    The faces of the modern NBA take on many shapes, sizes, and brands, but have a few things in common: more money and influence than any of their predecessors. In the face of this increased responsibility, will they continue the club? And if so, who’s coming next? In the series finale, Jackie takes a look at how far the league has come, and where it might be headed.

    Host: Jackie MacMullan
    Producers: Bobby Wagner, Noah Malale, Jonathan Kermah, Isaac Lee and Vikram Patel
    Sound Design: Scott Somerville
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    7. Shaq and Kobe | Icons Club

    7. Shaq and Kobe | Icons Club

    Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal are one of the most successful—and combustible—duos in NBA history. Their contrasting styles led to tension in the locker room, but dominance on the court. And in the end, each of them changed the rules of the Icons Club forever, just maybe not in the way you’d expect.

    Host: Jackie MacMullan
    Producers: Bobby Wagner, Kaya McMullen, Noah Malale, Jonathan Kermah, Isaac Lee, Justin Verrier, and Vikram Patel
    Sound Design: Scott Somerville
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    6. The Enigmas | Icons Club

    6. The Enigmas | Icons Club

    Some players have unassailable Icons Club resumes–MVPs, championships, iconic playoff moments–but find themselves on the outside, looking in. In this episode, Jackie lays out the criteria for becoming a club member, and examines a few of the most enigmatic stars.

    Host: Jackie MacMullan
    Producers: Bobby Wagner, Noah Malale, Jonathan Kermah, Isaac Lee, Justin Verrier and Vikram Patel
    Sound Design: Scott Somerville
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    5. The Dream Team | Icons Club

    5. The Dream Team | Icons Club

    The Dream Team was an unprecedented experiment for the Icons Club—an opportunity for the game’s best players to form bonds and swap notes. It also gave the NBA a chance to show off its best players to the world, and the league did not miss.

    Host: Jackie MacMullan
    Producers: Bobby Wagner, Noah Malale, Jonathan Kermah, Isaac Lee, Justin Verrier and Vikram Patel
    Sound Design: Scott Somerville
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    4. MJ | Icons Club

    4. MJ | Icons Club

    Michael Jordan built his career—and his billion-dollar brand—by going it alone. But Jordan himself explains how he pulled from Dr. J’s business acumen and Magic’s charisma to chart his flight, and even offered pointers to certain Icons who followed in his footsteps.

    Host: Jackie MacMullan
    Producers: Bobby Wagner, Noah Malale, Jonathan Kermah, Isaac Lee, Justin Verrier and Vikram Patel
    Sound Design: Scott Somerville
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    3. Magic and Larry | Icons Club

    3. Magic and Larry | Icons Club

    Magic vs. Larry is the rivalry that, for many, defines the NBA. On-court battles between these bitter foes showed a ravenous public just how enticing the NBA could be. But how about Magic and Larry: friends? In this episode, Jackie compares and contrasts the icons of the '80s, tracing a bond how that went well beyond the court.

    Host: Jackie MacMullan
    Producers: Bobby Wagner, Noah Malale, Jonathan Kermah, Isaac Lee, Justin Verrier and Vikram Patel
    Sound Design: Scott Somerville
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Rayanthologist ,

Simply The Best

That’s the review. It’s simply the best out there. Thank you Bill.

Joey Bigornia ,

Bring back Bill! Bring back the old format!

Not interested in Len Bias or Celtic-centric crap

Who cares about could have beens?

Either you were great or you weren’t.

He wasn’t.

End of story.

Migs B ,

Windhorst keeps talking over Simmons

Would’ve been 5 stars with such a compelling latest episode but Windhorst talking over the host is extremely annoying. Let Simmons finish please!

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