The Ringer’s Bill Simmons shares some thoughts from Week 1 of the 2020-21 NBA season (2:00), before talking with sports media legends Jackie MacMullan and Bob Ryan to discuss NBA stories ranging from the 1960s up until today. They also discuss tweaks to this NBA season, including travel and the shortened schedule, the James Harden sweepstakes, and more (27:00).
Week 1 NBA Notes. Plus, NBA Then and Now With Jackie MacMullan and Bob Ryan.
Bill talks NBA history with the legendary sportswriters before checking in on the James Harden sweepstakes
Justin and Rob also debate whether now is the right time for the Pacers to make a big trade
Brian also recaps the final of the NBA in-season tournament
The in-season tournament championship was a reminder that LeBron James plus Anthony Davis plus an elite defense is scary. And the players’ treatment of the NBA Cup as something worth winning was the tacit stamp of approval the league needed.
Ian is joined by Flo Lloyd-Hughes and Ryan Hunn to talk about two big results in the Thursday night Premier League games
Ohtani is a singular talent. Now he’s set to be paid unlike any baseball player ever. By signing a 10-year, $700 million deal with the Dodgers, Ohtani will change the landscape of MLB—and rewrite its salary structure as we know it.