The Rights To Ricky Sanchez is a podcast that is hosted by Spike Eskin and Michael Levin and mostly, sort of about Sixers basketball.
Amos Lee is a successful singer, song writer, and is one of only two people to guest host the Ricky in Spike or Mike's absence. Amos joined the podcast to talk about the new pod's new intro song, his thoughts on the Sixers offseason, uniform, and owners, what life is like on the road, Toni Tony Tatone, Vallone's, take listener questions, and an odd connection between Bruce Hornsby and Allen Iverson.
Aug 03 2019
Markelle Fultz’s lawyer (agent) today informed the team and the public that he will not be playing or practicing with the team until he sees a shoulder specialist on Monday. Elton Brand and the team seemed surprised by this information. Then he participated in a light shootaround with the team. Also, John Gonzalez says that Zhaire Smith lost 20 pounds due to his allergy and may not play this year. The Sixers!
Nov 21 2018
We add another non-banned Ringer staffer to the Ricky guest list with Jason Concepcion, who hosts Binge Mode and NBA Desktop. We talk with Jason about the banned Kevin O’Connor and Bill Simmons, what the Sixers/Process fanbase is like from afar, watching Burnergate from inside of the Ringer, his favorite era of Knicks basketball, Hinkie as the Knicks general manager, mixing sports and culture at the Ringer, and having a dog avatar but not being racist. We also discuss Mike's new show about Ben Simmons and whether he can continue to do the podcast.
Sep 12 2018
Spike and Mike talk about Sixers trade rumors, defensive struggles, why you shouldn't watch every game, and get to some Twitter questions. There is a new edition of THE JIGSAW as well.
Dec 18 2013
The Sixers went all-in. Spike and Mike react to a huge trade as the team acquires Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott, for Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet, THE MIAMI PICK, a Sixers 2020 first round pick and two second round picks. They discuss the ramifications on this season, the risks going into the future, and how this was the best timed trade of all time.
Feb 06 2019
The Sixers are once again playing basketball. After a summer of questions about jump shots, both Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons played a game without taking any three pointers, though Fultz did take a couple of 15-footers. We talk about whether we’re encouraged or disappointed by the jumpers, go through Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and each Sixers player’s performance in the game against Melbourne United. We also take a look back at the context of Elton Brand’s 2008 Philly max and the reactions to it, as well as Brand’s playing career with Andrew Unterberger.
Sep 29 2018
Dario Saric returns with a big game, just when everyone was ready to give up on him. The Sixers have a first round pick making a difference, and it’s not the guy we thought it would be. We discuss the Sixers small lineups, the fact that we’ve had just about enough of Drew Hanlen, and whether JJ Redick is or is not on social media.
Nov 09 2018
Amos Lee was the first person ever named Spike or Mike to co-host this podcast. He was also the first and only person to ever construct a song explicitly for the opening of this podcast. Also, Amos Lee is a recording artist loved around the world with a new album out today called My New Moon. Amos joined us to talk about Markelle Fultz, anxiety disorders, Sixers ownership, us ditching his theme song and hoagie mouth. We even got Amos to morph into his alter-ego, Tony, Toni, Ta-Tone and talk about his Sam Hinkie song.
Aug 31 2018
Our countdown to the NBA Draft continues with The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor. Make sure to follow Kevin on Twitter and check out The Ringer's Draft Guide. You can also hear Kevin on The Ringer NBA Show.
We also discuss the possibility of the Sixers trading the #3 pick, Otto Porter rumors, Lonzo Ball's refusal to work out for the Celtics, and more (not that much more).
May 26 2017
It's been two weeks, so we have a lot to talk about. Also, it's the offseason, so we're committed to doing something pretty different or absurd in each podcast.
First, we discuss Sam Hinkie's Twitter awakening, Allen Iverson's Hall Of Fame speech, Brett Brown's press lunch, the return of Elton Brand, and the various Embiid media of the week.
Then, we provide you with something incredible and ridiculous. We've recorded and put together an audiobook of Sam Hinkie's resignation letter. The various pages are read by us, LL Pavorsky, Max Rappaport and Jim Adair, Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald, Sean Carroll, Andrew Goldstein, Ben Detrick, Mike Weber, Michael Baumann, and Eliza Hardy Jones. This is an all-timer.
Sep 18 2016
Fantasource looks to get back over .500 with another NFL three team tease. Spike gives his uninformed "gut" three teame teaser, and some interesting late season and AFC/NFC trends.
Dec 13 2013
We did it! The very first live Rights To Ricky Sanchez podcast!
TJ McConnell joined us, and was just the best. We can't explain how great TJ was. Wait till you hear it. We were also joined by The Athletic's Derek Bodner, who showed up without a paywall, The Ringer's John Gonzalez, who walked here from Los Angeles, and SportsRadio 94WIP's Jon Marks (who was there but not on the pod), who is now one of us.
Thank you for coming and for supporting us. It means the world to us.
Oct 06 2017
IT'S BEEN REAL GUYS. CYA-KJ-MCW. We thought it would be a quiet trade deadline. WE WERE WRONG. We announce the 2015 RTRS/LB Lottery Party. Nowhere in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that the Sixers would do something as extreme as trading the rights to Cenk Akyol, even for Always-Gonna-Be-A-Sixers Javale McGee. Another day, another first round pick. AND CHU CHU!
Feb 20 2015
That didn't go as planned.
Do we still trust the process? We talk through it on the night of the draft.
Jun 26 2015
Ben Simmons is really, actually a Sixer. Look at him dropping dimes and refusing to shoot. He's everything we hoped for. We talk about Simmons' performance, the 'rise' of Christian Wood, TJ McConnell's haircut, and that guy on the Sixers who looks like he's an accountant.
Jul 08 2016
It actually happened! The Sixers drafted Markelle Fultz and have a real, full young core.
We discuss the pick, the night, whether Anžejs Pasečņiks is actually Blark, Joel Embiid signing the Sam Hinkie banner, and the second round selections and sales.
Jun 23 2017
A pretty big week for The Process, I think we'd all agree.
We talk about the #BusTheProcess trip and reaction, the Ricky basketball game at the Center, Max Rappaport's deep dive on the Trusters in Complex Mag, Kevin Durant's inevitable signing with the Sixers, Brett Brown on the Zach Lowe podcast, Mike's big board, Joel Embiid back in Qatar, TJ vs. Ish, and if the Sixers will win again this season.
The Rights To Ricky Sanchez is always brought to you by LL Pavorsky Jewelers.
Mar 20 2016
The Celtics, fueled by being free of their poison-in-the-locker-room point guard Kyrie Irving, were able to squeak by the Sixers once again. We talk about the performance of each Sixers player in the loss, pivot into a Bryan Colangelo Relationship Advice segment about dating a Celtics fan, discuss the Ben Simmons and Magic Johnson controversy, and then take stock of the Sixers at the All-Star Break.
Feb 13 2019
Somehow, some way, Joel Embiid has managed to do things over the last two years to keep us hopeful and excited, even when he hasn't been able to play a game for the team. This week was no different. We talk about Embiid's new practice dunk video, and his social media tribute to Sam Hinkie.
We also discuss the remaining available free agents, the signing of Cat Barber, the return of Relationship Advice, and Jerry Colangelo's friend at The Undefeated.
Jul 24 2016
We discuss the slow week in Sixers news (including Embiid not being cleared for five-on-five), and do a mostly non-basketball 'Ask Me Anything' with questions we pulled from both Reddit and Twitter. Thanks for all of the questions and for supporting the true off-season Ricky!
Aug 06 2017
What would have happened if the Sixers never traded up for Markelle Fultz? We discuss the possible and most likely outcomes of the scenario that Derek Bodner wrote about in The Athletic. We give our memories of Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant as they’re inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. The Jigsaw Final Four is set as Mike does the Elite Eight matchups, a new Vallone’s Deli commercial and a mailbag about this offseason, what to do when the quarantine ends, booze, Kevin Ollie, all-time role-players, the best pizza topping combination and a role players.
Apr 06 2020
A report out of New York says that Leon Rose is interested in hiring Elton Brand as the Knicks general manager, we discuss that, why the Sixers owners are not good sports owners, who we’d opt to trade between Milton and Thybulle if we had to trade one with Horford, we get to the Elite Eight in the Field Of 64 Jigsaws, and the 50% basketball mailbag brings Dario home, figures out who to amnesty, wonders if mead is vegan, and wonders if Spike or Mike would win a one-mile race.
Apr 02 2020
Thank you for joining us for the five-hour, first ever, Rights To Ricky Sanchez Zoomathon. If for some reason you want to listen to five hours of it, here it is. Merchandise is available until midnight on Monday, and you can see it at rightstorickysanchez.com/charity. We will accept donations at Venmo Rights-To-Ricky, and PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds benefit the Providence Animal Center, Coded By Kids and Philabundance. Thank you to all of our guests, local sponsors, Kent and Cris who helped Spike with Zoom, and DraftKings Sportsbook who covered all costs.
Guests: Derek Bodner, LL Pavorsky, Zainab Javed, Adam Kornblau, Justin Calgiano (Providence Animal Center), Andrew Sharp, Rich Stouffer, SixersAdam, Eric Shannon, Andrew Unterberger, Don Steele, Abbie Huertas, Sylvester Mobley (Coded By Kids), Ben Jones, Chris Ryan, Alyssa Litman, Adam Ksebe, John Gonzalez
Mar 30 2020
When the Sixers owners attempted to make every non-contracted Sixers employee making $50,000 or more take a pay cut, Joel Embiid stepped in with a superstar moved and publicly shamed them into changing their minds. We discuss the PR blunder of the century by the owners and team CEO, the Sixers victory in the Yahoo NBA simulated NBA2K playoffs, some huge, exciting additions to the Rights To Ricky Sanchez Charity Zoomathon on March 29th, how you should greet Brad Stevens in a dog park, and how big an asterisk a championship in an empty arena would be.
Make sure you find out more about the Rights To Ricky Sanchez Charity Zoomathon on March 29th here.
Mar 26 2020
The Covid-19 offseason continues with a talk about when the NBA will resume and if the players will get their next paycheck, replacing Flip The Switch with the five-hour Rights To Ricky Sanchez Charity Zoomathon (next weekend), and a monster mailbag, including which non-Embiid Sixers player is the most likely to get out of shape, the most controversial basketball fantasy trade of all time, and the meals we’re eating during self-quarantine.
Make sure you find out more about the Rights To Ricky Sanchez Charity Zoomathon on March 29th here.
Mar 23 2020
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer was unbanned because of his beard and sweetness and talked about what he’s doing with his free time, the fact that the Patriots should have kept Jimmy G and traded Tom Brady and then he did a WEEI audition, the Sixers playoff rotation, who his favorite guitar player ever is, up and coming female pop artists, and he has to choose the winners of two matchups of the Field Of 64 Jigsaws.
This is a tough time for everyone, and we beg you to support our local small business sponsors, Big Barker, Adam Ksebe (Realtor who can help you refinance!), Colony Meadery, LL Pavorsky, Adam Kornblau, Kinetic Skateboarding. They supported us and they need it from you now.
Mar 19 2020
The Ricky has been social distancing for seven years, we were born for this. In the first episode of the Most Offseason Podcast series we’ve ever done, we talk about what it’s like to be stuck at home (surprise, Spike is fine with it), some analysis of the JJ Redick podcast with Jimmy Butler, and Mike takes part in the first ever Field Of 64 Jigsaws.
You can access a Google Drive version of the Field Of 64 Jigsaws here.
Mar 16 2020
This is quite clearly the most ridiculous podcast we’ve ever done, as it was recorded immediately after the Sixers beat the Pistons, and the NBA suspended the regular season. Do we get the OKC pick now? Does Mike have to do Field Of 64 Jigsaws? What percentage of men wash their hands after going to the bathroom and wasn’t the Process always going to end with a new disease that ends the season? We also remember a godfather of the Live Ricky, Bryan Dilworth, who passed away this week.
Mar 12 2020
After a loss in Golden State to a G-League team, we discuss why we have an influx of emails, tweets, and reviews talking about how much people hate the Sixers. Mike gives his theory about why we’re going to be watching them for a long time this season, update the status of the OKC pick, we analyze audio from the owners and CEO, decide on who the kinkiest Sixers player is, talk about the firing of Kenny Atkinson, find joy in Shake Milton and the need for him to be the 5th starter, and whether you’ll get a refund for your Al Horford Appreciator shirt.
Mar 09 2020
We’ve relitigated The Process on podcast a thousand times, but it’s finally relitigated in book form. The first book about Sam Hinkie’s controversial Sixers rebuild has been written by Yaron Weitzman is called Tanking To The Top, and it’s out March 17th (pre-order here). Yaron joined us to talk about the behind the scenes stories he was able to uncover about Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown, Joel Embiid, and even the Rights To Ricky Sanchez, as well as the backstabbing, controversy, and intrigue.
Mar 04 2020
Sure, the Sixers lost to the Clippers, but Shake Milton tied an NBA record for consecutive threes, scored 39 points, and became an instant “he’s going to help in the playoffs guy.” We give an update on the Top 20 Protected OKC Thunder Pick, our new logo, whether we have revisionist history about Sixers front office moves, and a huge announcement from Sixers Adam. Finally, Spike tries to convince Mike to do a field of 64 Jigsaws.
Mar 02 2020
Joel Embiid has a sprained shoulder and is out for who knows how long. Ben Simmons has a back injury that the Sixers are lying about. The Sixers lost on the road to the Cleveland fucking Cavaliers and nobody seemed to care except Kyle O’Quinn, who somehow is still on the team even though he asked to leave. But at least we figured out how the Sixers are so much better at home, and it has to do with electronic rims. We just need to do the process just two or three more times.” - Tony T
Feb 27 2020
Ben Simmons had a back injury but the Sixers let him play anyway, and now they not only lost a game to the Bucks but Simmons for likely an extended period of time. We discuss an organizational ethos that is to blame for repeated instances of carelessness with player injuries, what the ceiling of the team without Simmons is, the return of Bryan Colangelo Relationship Advice, and the Sixers’ decision to raise ticket prices substantially for a second consecutive year.
Flip The Switch, the replacement to the Lottery Party is April 11th at Underground Arts and on sale now at this location.
Feb 24 2020
The Sixers returned from the All-Star break and Joel Embiid answered the call with one of his most dominant nights of the season against the Brooklyn Nets. We discuss Embiid’s night, the impact of the two new Sixers, Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris’ underwhelming nights, and Al Horford’s place on the team. We also discuss Embiid and Simmons’ newfound love over the all-star break, the Sixers as the Thunder, and Horford as Foles.
Flip The Switch, the replacement to the Lottery Party is April 11th at Underground Arts and on sale at 10am on Friday 2/21 at this location. Don’t miss it! It all benefits The Providence Animal Center and Coded By Kids.
Feb 21 2020
The Lottery Party is dead. On April 11th, 2020 at Underground Arts, a new party rises from its ashes... Flip The Switch.
Feb 19 2020
While the Ricky is off for All-Star break, we're posting some of the older episodes you may have forgotten. Today's is from Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, reacting to Sam Hinkie's trade with the Kings that brought the Sixers two first round pick swaps, a first round pick, and Nik Stauskas. We are not responsible or any bad takes.
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Feb 15 2020
The Sixers beat the Clippers convincingly, and we never doubted that this was possible. This entire season, we’ve all been very positive. Al Horford started the game on the bench, Furkan Korkmaz had the best zero point game ever, and the Sixers go into the All-Star break all smiles. We discuss how seriously you should take the Joel Embiid Instagram Jimmy Butler fiasco (Spike says pretty seriously), an amazing story of Process long distance love, why Philadelphia sports fans are so deranged, and much more.
April 11th, 2020, save the date.
Feb 12 2020
Furkan Korkmaz is the only player on the Sixers to score 30 points in consecutive games this year, which is amazing and a true joy, but is it enough to make the Sixers not so painful to watch? Hard to say. We talk about Joel Embiid’s game, with a line better than the eye test, their inability to find a way to make use of Al Horford, whether we’re going to want all of this time back when we’re on our death beds, buyout candidate Tyler Johnson, GRIII and Alec Burks taking five days to get to the team, and more.
April 11th, 2020, save the date.
Feb 10 2020
Another trade deadline passes, and the Sixers say hello to Glen Robinson III and Alec Burks, goodbye to James Ennis, Trey Burke and three second round picks, and then hello to a second round pick. Then they got their asses handed to them in Milwaukee. We discuss how the Sixers did at the deadline compared to the rest of the league, the horrible performance from the team and Embiid against the Bucks, Spike’s opinion about ownership, the comments from Horford and Embiid and the Josh Richardson-led team meeting, and whether all of this is our fault (it is). April 11th, save the date.
Read Sixers Adam’s trade deadline diary and review here.
Feb 07 2020
Given the situation currently, we felt like it was right for us to do an emergency podcast. We’ll be back Thursday after the trade deadline/Bucks game combo.
Feb 05 2020