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Jabari Smith Jr. and RJ Barrett Put in Extra Work

J. Kyle Mann and Jonathan Tjarks talk about the pedigree and story of Auburn star Jabari Smith Jr., and discuss the development of Knicks guard RJ Barrett

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Why Jabari Smith Jr. Might Be the Best Prospect in the 2022 NBA Draft

Holmgren and Banchero have been at the forefront of this year’s class, but Smith is quietly making a strong case to be the no. 1 pick. Here’s what the Auburn big man has flashed thus far, and the questions that still need to be answered.

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Mike Francesa Talks the State of NY Sports, Gambling, and Free Agency

Plus, discussing the state of the Knicks and the best college basketball team in the metropolitan area

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The Curry-LeBron Legacy Battle, Ja’s Mega-leap, and Jabari Smith’s Lottery Rise

Bill and J. Kyle Mann also discuss Paolo Banchero at Duke and Chet Holmgren at Gonzaga

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We Don’t Know What Chet Holmgren Is Yet

The presumptive no. 1 NBA draft pick is having a hard time finding a starring role on a stacked Gonzaga team

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The Ringer’s 42 Favorite Sports Moments of 2021

From the Giannis breakthrough to the Ohtani experience to the greatest incomplete pass in NFL history, here are the sports moments that defined our year

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Bring Buck to the Mets! Plus, Former Mets Manager Bobby Valentine and a Winning Night of Hoops

Plus, JJ talks with current UMEC head coach Jason Crafton about his time working under Jay Wright at Villanova, his love of the Knicks, and what it’s like to be a coach in college basketball today

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The Legend of Chet Holmgren, 7-Foot String Bean, Has Just Begun

What would it look like if a player was as tall as Joel Embiid while weighing a few pounds more than Steph Curry? In the case of the Gonzaga freshman, he’d look like the most sought-after prospect in the NBA.

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Goff’s B-Day Night at Bulls-Nets, Bears’ Silver Lining With Jim Trotter, Plus College Hoops With Stephen Bardo

Jason also discusses his viral moment with James Harden

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Around the NFL With Kevin Clark, Big East Nostalgia With Dana O’Neil, Plus an AMA!

JJ also makes his Super Bowl picks and decides whether he’d rather buy stock in the Jets or the Giants

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Hype House of Highlights

Can Overtime Elite, a new league funded by investors like Drake and fueled by social media, overturn the traditional pathway to the NBA?

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Bears QBs, Ozzie Guillen on White Sox Struggles, and More

Plus, discussing the most hated Duke players of all time after JJ Reddick announced his retirement from the NBA

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College Recruiting Stories With Rasheed Wallace, Robert Horry, and Amar’e Stoudemire

Plus, Matt Taibbi on ‘Hate Inc.,’ and more recruiting stories from James Posey, Jermaine O’Neal, and Jarrett Jack

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The Giannis Legacy Game, Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim, and Tuesday Night Trivia

Plus, JJ closes the show with some wager talk and a few picks from Jeff Money

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“It Haunts All of Us”

In this excerpt from "It Just Feels Like Loss," the finale of The Ringer’s narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ those who watched Bias play reflect on his memory

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How NIL Is Working One Week in, and Why You Have a Problem With It

Russillo chats with SI’s Ross Dellenger, Mackenzie Landry of Matchpoint Connection, and Brandon Landry, the founder and CEO of Walk-Ons, to talk all things NIL

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“I Was Scared Shitless”

In this excerpt from "Who Can You Trust?," the sixth episode of The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ Bias’s childhood friend Derrick Curry reflects on the unjust drug policies passed in the wake of Bias’s death

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“I Loved Leonard Bias Like He Was My Son” 

In this excerpt from "Someone Had to Pay," the fifth episode of The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ legendary Maryland coach Lefty Driesell discusses the charge he faced in the wake of Bias’s death

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“Just Poison”

In this excerpt from "They Weren’t Grown Men," the fourth episode of The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ investigators shift their attention to the cocaine that killed Len Bias

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Even the Supreme Court Thinks NCAA Amateurism Is a Farce

A unanimous ruling from the nation’s highest court might not be a death knell for the NCAA’s business model, but it clearly and devastatingly exposes the facade upon which the entire enterprise rests

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“Let Me Take a Hit”: Spencer Haywood and Cocaine in the NBA 

In this excerpt from Episode 3 of ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ Hall of Famer Haywood recalls freebasing cocaine for the first time after moving to Los Angeles

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“It Couldn’t Be True”

In this excerpt from "He’s Gone," the second episode of The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ Bias’s family, teammates, and local media gather at the hospital as confusion and shock build

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“I Knew Death Was Coming”

In Episode 1 of ‘What If? The Len Bias Story,’ The Ringer’s new narrative podcast series, Len’s mother Lonise describes the premonition that weighed on her before her son’s death 

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Coach K Built a Basketball Empire

Mike Krzyzewski is stepping down after more than four decades as the head coach of Duke. Love it or hate it, his program was one of the most successful organizations in sports history.

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Former Knicks Coach Mike Woodson and How to Bet the NBA Playoffs With Jared Smith

Plus, reacting to the Islanders’ Game 3 loss to the Penguins and the Yankees’ third straight win over the Rangers

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What Jalen Suggs and Jalen Green Show Us About the Changing Paths to the NBA

In his single season with Gonzaga, Suggs increased his profile and boosted his draft stock. But with players like Green honing their skills while getting paid in the G League, will the traditional route stay the popular one?

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Matt Gaetz Investigations and Covering the Men’s and Women’s Final Four 

Bryan and David react to Gaetz’s interview with Tucker Carlson, discuss the highlights and takeaways from March Madness, and more

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Doug Gottlieb on Baylor Winning Its First Men’s Title, Plus Life Advice

Doug Gottlieb of Fox Sports joins Russillo to talk about why Baylor was so overwhelming, how Scott Drew built the program, and how he sees guys like Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, and Evan Mobley projecting to the NBA

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The Baylor Bears Dominated the Indomitable Team to Win Their First Men’s NCAA Title

Monday night was supposed to mark the coronation of one of the best college basketball teams of all time. And it did—just not in the way many expected.

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The Suggs Game and Bad Lakers Omens With Ryen Russillo

Plus, Rookie of the Year sadness, Eastern Conference sleepers, and post-vaccine life

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Yankees Talk With CC Sabathia, Plus Listener Voicemails and How to Bet the Men’s NCAA Title Game

Plus, listener voicemails and how to bet the NCAA title game with Jared Smith

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Stanford Met the Moment and Overcame Arizona to Win the NCAA Title

March Madness delivered another thriller as the Cardinal held off the Wildcats to win their first national championship since 1992