The Steam Room is the new audio vehicle for two of sports media's most iconic personalities, keeping the conversation going beyond from the desk inside Studio J. After nearly 20 years on TNT's Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about, and with this platform they'll tackle new topics in the classic unscripted style that fans have come to love. In addition to NBA talk, EJ and Chuck will dive into current events, pop culture, and even local news. Look for The Steam Room on Thursdays starting December 12th.
Best of “Chuck’s Answering Machine”
In Part 2 of this special edition of The Steam Room, Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely takes us through the strangest, funniest, and most creative messages from Chuck’s Answering Machine in Season 1.
Best of "Special Guests"
In Part 1 of this special edition of The Steam Room, Ernie takes us through his favorite “special guest” conversations from this season. Featuring JJ Watt, Guy Fieri, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ahmad Rashad, Don Lemon, Maria Taylor, Van Jones, Killer Mike, and Rex Chapman.
War Damn Finale w/ Gus Malzahn & Bruce Pearl
After that Georgia Bulldogs stunt Ernie pulled with Maria Taylor last week, Chuck invites a pair of Auburn Head Coaches into the Steam Room. Gus Malzahn and Bruce Pearl talk about the challenges of preparing to play during a pandemic, their roles in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in their community, and the economic impact of Auburn bars missing out on Chuckster’s ‘patronage’ during the season.
Glory, Glory w/ Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about the upcoming college football season, the pivotal role that sports coverage plays in the conversation about racial injustice, and her (and EJ’s) beloved Georgia Bulldogs. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely enters the Steam Room to talk Twitter trends and NFL futures. Chuck tries to convince Ernie that cats “aren’t a thing.”
Hoya Saxa w/ Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo
Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo enter the Steam Room for a reverential tribute to their late beloved college coach, John Thompson Jr. The Hall of Fame centers share stories from their Georgetown days, and reflect on the personal impact and enduring legacy left by their legendary coach. Charles explains the story behind his famous ‘Not a role model’ commercial, Ernie challenges Chuck’s definition of what constitutes a sandwich, and that catchy theme song finally gets a lyrical accompaniment.
Sick and Tired w/ Chris Webber and Andrew Yang
Chris Webber joins Ernie and Charles to talk about his emotional reaction to the players' boycott in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, and what it’s been like adjusting to life inside the NBA bubble. Former Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang enters the Steam Room for a conversation about the Election in November, the need for police reform, and why he had to break-up with the New York Knicks. A courageous message from the Answering Machine gets the Chuckster tearin’ up.