52 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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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

    7. “It Just Feels Like Loss” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    7. “It Just Feels Like Loss” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    In the finale, we examine how the passing of time has changed the way we process the memory of Len Bias, what his death meant to the city of Boston and the Celtics franchise, and why his story lingers for sports fans and non-sports fans alike.

    Host: Jordan Ritter Conn
    Producers: Hannah Beal, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, and Bobby Wagner
    Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely
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    • 39 min
    6. “Who Can You Trust?” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    6. “Who Can You Trust?” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    By the summer of 1986, America’s relationship with drugs was already at the brink of combustion. And in the highly publicized death of Len Bias, policymakers found a spark to light the flame. The draconian legislation introduced on Capitol Hill thereafter, especially the ratification of mandatory minimum sentences, disproportionately targeted Black citizens — one of whom, ironically, was Len’s childhood friend.
    Host: Jordan Ritter Conn
    Producers: Hannah Beal, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, and Bobby Wagner
    Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely
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    • 37 min
    5. “Someone Had to Pay” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    5. “Someone Had to Pay” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    Despite the ongoing Brian Tribble investigation, there was still a question the press and public had no answer for: Who was to blame for the tragic cocaine intoxication of Maryland’s star basketball player? The spotlight shifted to Maryland University and the man who had built the basketball program up in his image: Lefty Driesell.

    Host: Jordan Ritter Conn
    Producers: Hannah Beal, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, and Bobby Wagner
    Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely
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    • 34 min
    4. “They Weren’t Grown Men” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    4. “They Weren’t Grown Men” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    Before the fallout from Len Bias’s death could ripple through society, the facts surrounding the night of his death had to be established. So why was that so difficult? In this episode, we examine Brian Tribble’s trial on charges of cocaine distribution, the public’s need to assign immediate blame for Bias’s death, and the ensuing chaos caused by that need.

    Host: Jordan Ritter Conn
    Producers: Hannah Beal, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, and Bobby Wagner
    Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely
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    • 30 min
    3. “One Time, I Was Gone” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    3. “One Time, I Was Gone” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    In this episode, we examine the life and career of Spencer Haywood, a basketball Hall of Famer and one of the sport’s biggest stars of the 1970s. Haywood spent the latter half of his career battling a cocaine addiction at a time when the league lacked both an understanding and a policy for how to deal with a growing drug problem. We explore the climate around cocaine in basketball in the lead-up to the mid-'80s, and how that climate informed the public’s reaction to Len Bias’s death.

    Host: Jordan Riter Conn
    Producers: Hannah Beal, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, and Bobby Wagner
    Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely
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    • 35 min
    2. “He’s Gone” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    2. “He’s Gone” | What If? The Len Bias Story

    On June 17, 1986, Len Bias was picked second overall in the NBA draft. He was the next chapter in the book that was the 1980s Boston Celtics dynasty. Then, just two days later on June 19, 1986, he was dead of cocaine intoxication. In this episode, we talk about the 48 hours leading up to one of the sports world’s most crushing losses.

    Host: Jordan Riter Conn
    Producers: Hannah Beal, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, and Bobby Wagner
    Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5.4K Ratings

5.4K Ratings

Macopie1 ,

Love this podcast!

Bill loves basketball and it shows in this podcast. These episodes are like conversations I’ve had with my friends over beers.

53gibby ,

Awesome

Need more past game rewatchables I really enjoy them

Gutty rhythm ,

Great podcast Thanks Bill!

Love this. Aren’t too many podcasts where you can find biographies/real life stories of these guys.

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