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The Redraftables: 1998—Sleeping Dirk, Free-Falling Pierce, and the Craziest NBA Draft Ever With Chris Ryan and Ryen Russillo

Bill is joined by Chris and Ryen to revisit the 1998 NBA draft and some of the legends in that draft class, before redrafting the first 15 picks

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Kobe, Nash, or Iverson: 1996 NBA Redraft

Bill Simmons and Ryen Russillo redraft the top 14 picks from one of the best drafts in NBA history

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The Redraftables: 1997—Duncan the Sure Thing, T-Mac the Sleeper, and Rick Pitino the Ruiner With Joe House

Bill and Joe discuss the "Duncan Lottery" and the gravitas of NCAA basketball before redrafting the top 15 picks

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The Redraftables: 1996—Kobe, Iverson, Nash, Allen, and the Draft That Changed Everything With Ryen Russillo

Plus, mid-’90s NBA subplots and redrafting the lottery

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The Genius of Bill Russell

In 2012, Bill Simmons flew to Seattle and spent two days with the greatest winner in sports history

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: How the Spurs Ended the Kobe-Shaq Lakers Dynasty

Bill Simmons is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss Tim Duncan’s dominance and how the Spurs ended the Lakers’ Shaq-and-Kobe era

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Duncan’s Revenge: 2003’s Lakers-Spurs Game 5 With Shea Serrano

Bill is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the 2003 Lakers-Spurs Western Conference semifinals, Tim Duncan’s five titles, and more

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: A Magic Collapse: 2009’s L.A.-Orlando Game 4 With Kevin Clark and Joe House

Bill is joined by Kevin Clark and Joe House to discuss Orlando’s epic Game 4 collapse in the 2009 NBA Finals

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: Dwight Howard, the Best Center That Never Was

In 2008, Dwight Howard was destined to become the NBA’s next great center, but in the years since he never quite lived up to that potential

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Dwight Howard and the Pyramid (With Ryen Russillo and Joe House)

Bill, Russillo, and House assess Dwight Howard’s legacy and how his career stacks up against the all-time greats

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: My Phone Call With Kobe Bryant

In December 2012, Kobe Bryant wasn’t even halfway through his last elite Lakers season. What made him want to pick up the phone and call Bill Simmons out of the blue?

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: The Night Kobe Called Me Out of the Blue

In December 2012, Kobe Bryant wasn’t even halfway through his last elite Lakers season, but he was putting more thought into the bigger picture than ever before

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Kobe Bryant, Jalen Rose, and Bill Simmons Talk Hoops on ‘The Grantland Basketball Hour’ (Recorded Feb. 2015)

In 2015, Kobe Bryant joined Bill and Jalen to discuss the tail end of his NBA career, his partnership with Shaquille O’Neal, and more

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: The Last Great Knicks Moment

Bill sits down with tortured New York fans Sean Fennessey and Jason Concepcion to discuss Larry Johnson’s four-point play in Game 3 of the 1999 Eastern Conference finals

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: The Last Fun Knicks Team, Indy–New York Game 3 With Sean Fennessey and Jason Concepcion

Bill, Sean, and Jason break down Game 3 of the 1999 Eastern Conference finals and Larry Johnson’s iconic 4-point shot

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: Was Reggie Miller Really a Superstar?

Reggie Miller saved professional basketball in Indiana and is one of the greatest shooters of all time. But was he truly a superstar?

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Reggie Miller and the Pyramid (With Shea Serrano)

Bill and Shea Serrano try to answer the question "Was Reggie Miller a superstar?"

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: Steve Nash Regrets Not Shooting More 3s

In Game 4 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals, Robert Horry hip-checked Steve Nash in what has become one of the most famous fouls in NBA history

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Steve Nash on the Horry Shove, 2007’s Heartbreak, and the 2004-10 Suns

Bill and Hall of Famer Steve Nash rewatch Game 4 of the infamous 2007 Spurs-Suns series and discuss what it meant

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The Year in Ringer Podcast Interviews

In 2019, we interviewed dozens of your favorite athletes, actors, comedians, and public figures, from Matt Damon to Spike Lee to Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Kevin Garnett. Here are all of those conversations.

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Kawhi Shoots Philly: 2019’s Most Important Game (a BoB Rewatchables With Ryen Russillo and Chris Ryan)

Bill, Russillo, and Chris break down Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference semifinals

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: The Defining Moment of LeBron James’s Career

"Blocked by James" has become one of the most famous announcer calls in NBA history, and it’s because LeBron James made the signature play of his career

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: LeBron Wins a Cleveland Title: The Game of the Decade (a BoB Rewatchables With Brian Windhorst)

Bill and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst break down Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: The Best NBA Game Marc Stein Ever Covered

Bill Simmons is joined by The New York Times’ Marc Stein to detail Game 7 of the 2006 playoff series between the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Dirk’s Game 7 Breakthrough and the Decade’s Greatest Series (BoB Rewatchables With Marc Stein)

Chapter 5b: Bill and Marc Stein rewatch Game 7 of the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals between the Mavs and the Spurs

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: Dirk Nowitzki Is a Top-20 Player of All Time

Bill Simmons examines Nowitzki’s career arc with the Dallas Mavericks and explains why he has him 17th in his Hall of Fame Pyramid

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Dirk Nowitzki and the Pyramid (With Marc Stein)

Bill is joined by Marc Stein of The New York Times to discuss the legendary Mavs big man and more

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: Daryl Morey Breaks Down the James Harden Trade

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey joins Bill to discuss signing Dwight Howard and Chris Paul

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Houston’s 2018 Almost-Champs and the NBA’s Advanced Stats Revolution (With Daryl Morey)

Bill Simmons sits down with the Rockets GM to discuss this modern era of basketball

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‘Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball 2.0’: James Harden’s Career Is One Big What-If

James Harden is one of the most polarizing players in the modern NBA. Bill examines his career to this point and the big questions that come along with it.

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: Spurs-OKC 2012 and KD’s Almost-Dynasty (BoB Rewatchables With Joe House)

Revisiting the 2012 Western Conference finals

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‘Book of Basketball 2.0’: James Harden and the Pyramid (With Zach Lowe)

Assessing where the 2018 MVP stands in comparison to some all-time greats