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Clippers-Lakers Opening Thoughts Plus Edward Norton

BIll Simmons reacts to Lakers-Clippers before sitting down with actor and director Edward Norton to discuss ‘Rounders’

‘The Mismatch’: 2019-20 NBA Season Preview

Three bold predictions, title picks, MVP, and more

‘The Hottest Take’: Halloween Needs These Rules

Juliet Litman explains how and why Halloween needs to be reined in

‘Binge Mode: Star Wars’: A Jar Jar Binks Character Study

Mal and Jason explore the life and legacy of Jar Jar Binks

Havoc of Mobb Deep

CT and Baio sit down with legendary rapper/producer Havoc of Mobb Deep to discuss traveling abroad for the first time to tour, managing Prodigy’s health condition while on the road, and more

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Welcome to 2019 NBA Previewpalooza

The NBA is back! We’re celebrating the start of the 2019-20 season with a video countdown to tipoff. Join Jason Concepcion of ‘NBA Desktop’ as he presents a series of live podcasts, Ringer Originals, and more. And remember: Basketball is very good.

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Bill Simmons Picks His Los Angeles Lakers Wine Bottle Team

Featuring Shea Serrano, Jason Concepcion, Ryen Russillo, Van Lathan, Larry Wilmore, and Flea

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In Its Second Season, ‘Castle Rock’ Starts to Hit Its Stride

The show is finally more than a flailing attempt to monetize Stephen King–related intellectual property

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Havoc of Mobb Deep

CT and Baio sit down with legendary rapper/producer Havoc of Mobb Deep to discuss traveling abroad for the first time to tour, managing Prodigy’s health condition while on the road, and more

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Lou Williams May Not Start, but He’s Ready to Help the Clippers Finish Their Championship Quest

Just two years ago, Williams rued being traded to the Clippers. Now, after consecutive Sixth Man of the Year Awards and the highest-scoring seasons of his 14-year NBA career, he’s helped make the would-be champion an alluring destination for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

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The Lakers Are Not Yet a Juggernaut

Tuesday’s season-opening loss to the Clippers showed that the Purple and Gold have a lot of fixes to make if they want to contend for a title

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The Likely AL Rookie of the Year Is Playing Like Anything But

Yordan Álvarez has had a postseason to forget, including a strikeout with the bases loaded in Game 1. How will Houston handle the young slugger the rest of the World Series?

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‘NBA Desktop’s PoisOnes’: The Ringer NBA Staff Get Posterized While Drinking Poisons

Haley O’Shaughnessy, Micah Peters, Jordan Ligons, Kyle Crichton, and Chris Ryan climb Mount Toxicity while discussing the upcoming NBA season

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‘NBA Desktop’: Five Mind-Melting Easter Eggs From the 2019 NBA Offseason

Plus, the Desktop Focus Group returns to discuss Danny Ainge tweeting at his dog

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The Ripple Effects of Kawhi’s Shot Against the 76ers

Bill Simmons, Ryen Russillo, and Chris Ryan examine what this game means for Kawhi’s legacy, what would have happened had he missed the final shot, and what this means for the upcoming NBA season

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‘Group Chat’ Live: The 2019-20 NBA Power Rankings

Breaking down all 30 teams before opening tip

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‘Takehunter 4’: The Houston Rockets Offense Is About to Get Dangerous

Plus, fresh takes about Luka Doncic, Vince Carter, and the Los Angeles Lakers

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‘Stage Fright’ Channels the Paradoxes of Jenny Slate

From ‘Marcel the Shell With Shoes On’ to appearances in ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Venom’ to dating Captain America, the comedian has been in the public eye for years. But in her first stand-up special, Slate invites the audience to truly see her in all her weird glory.

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Can De’Aaron Fox Become an All-Star?

In the latest edition of ‘The Leap,’ J. Kyle Mann examines the Sacramento Kings youngster’s potential

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Ranking the NFL’s Most Logic-Defying Throws Through Week 7

There have been plenty of "great" throws so far this season, but far fewer have been capable of blowing our minds. So from Aaron Rodgers to Patrick Mahomes to Russell Wilson, here are the 10 wildest passes we’ve seen so far this year.

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The Final Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Signals the End of an Era

The clip may not give away anything about the movie’s story, but it effectively conveys its emotional weight

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Five Reasons to Watch the Los Angeles Lakers This Season

Sure, the Lake Show has LBJ and AD, plus Kuz and the legend of Alex Caruso—but have you heard the latest story from Rob Pelinka?

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The 2019 World Series Will Be a Spectacular Free-Agent Showcase

Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg will likely be the top three players on the market this winter. Can anything they do help—or hurt—their earning potential?

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“Mad Max” Scherzer Gets Another Chance at a World Series Ring

The Nats’ Game 1 starter is a fan favorite in Washington, D.C., beloved as much for his strikeouts as for his hypercompetitive intensity. At 35 years old, he’s hoping to achieve the October success that’s eluded him in his career.

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NBA Power Rankings, Day 4: The Four-Team Title Race

The season is upon us, and the Bucks, Clippers, Sixers, and Lakers have the best shot at winning the championship. Can Giannis, Embiid, and Simmons go to another level? Can Kawhi, LeBron, and AD stay healthy enough to deliver a title to Los Angeles?

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The Clippers—Yes, the Clippers—Are the Team of Today

The title hopes of L.A.’s other team were built in the most dramatic fashion, around the quintessential no-drama superstar. For better or worse, Kawhi Leonard and the new-look Clips are the avatar for the NBA in 2019-20.

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We’re About to Witness the Best Collection of World Series Pitching Talent Ever

Will it translate into a great matchup?

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The Patriots Defense Is Doing Things We’ve Never Seen Before

Forget about the quality of competition—New England’s seven-game stretch is frightening for any era. Just ask Sam Darnold.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Final Trailer Reaction

Mallory Rubin and Chris Ryan break down the new and final trailer for the ninth installment of the ‘Star Wars’ saga

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The Starting 11: The Colts and Ravens Are Carving out Room in the AFC Playoff Race

Indy took the AFC South lead on Sunday with its second-straight impressive win, and Lamar Jackson defied all football convention in Baltimore’s victory over Seattle. Plus: Kirk Cousins is trending up, and the Jalen Ramsey–Rams experiment needs more time.

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Zion Williamson’s Six-to-Eight-Week Absence Is a Bummer for Everyone

The no. 1 pick reportedly underwent arthroscopic surgery, which could sideline him for up to two months—a blow to the player, the Pelicans, and the NBA

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The Essential Questions for Four Players Who Landed Rookie-Contract Extensions

Jaylen Brown, Buddy Hield, Domantas Sabonis, and Dejounte Murray all landed new deals before Monday’s deadline. Here’s how each can earn their new paychecks this season.

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Siakam’s Razor: The Future of the Raptors Is in Pascal Siakam’s Hands

Toronto will have a lot of flexibility in the coming years, but it’s clear that its plans will center on its young star, who just got a four-year max extension

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Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees Can Lift Their Teams From Complete to Utterly Terrifying

The Packers and Saints have been winning this season largely in spite of their QBs. With Rodgers delivering a vintage performance and Brees’s return seeming imminent, though, both squads may be on the verge of dominating the NFC—and perhaps adding to two storied legacies.

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Who Are the Heroes of HBO’s ‘Watchmen’?

The premiere episode of Damon Lindelof’s new series sets out to differentiate itself from its source material—and mostly leaves questions rather than answers

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Five Reasons to Watch the Los Angeles Clippers This Season

With the additions of Claw and P.G., L.A.’s other team is poised to take center stage at Staples

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The Eagles’ Slow Starts May Quickly End Their Season

Philadelphia is among the worst first-quarter teams in the league—and if the Eagles can’t start digging themselves out of these holes, they’ll likely find themselves outside of the playoffs come January