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Book of Basketball 2.0

Bill Simmons’s new podcast breaks down the NBA's most important games, players, and teams, extending and reinventing his New York Times no. 1 bestselling book from 2009. Playing off the NBA’s dramatic changes during the past decade, Bill uses new commentary and fresh interviews with players and top media members to determine how the league has evolved and where it’s headed.Produced by Bill Simmons and Kyle Crichton Music by Jackson Lowe Lyrics and vocals by Tic Tac and Melatonin

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2009 Redraftables: Curry, Harden, and Kahhhhhhhhhn With Zach Lowe

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and ESPN’s Zach Lowe revisit the 2009 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 23mins

29 Jun 2020

Rank #1

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

Chapter 4c: After becoming the spiritual leader of the Advanced Metrics Revolution, Daryl Morey spends the 2010s building a contender around James Harden and Chris Paul, only to watch his title dreams vanish in a gut-wrenching series against the defending champion Warriors. What inefficiencies did Morey first exploit last decade in Boston and Houston? What was the thinking behind the Harden trade? What could the 2018 Rockets have done differently? And why did the NBA take so long to move into this modern era of basketball? Bill breaks it all down with Houston general manager Daryl Morey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 20mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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The Genius of Bill Russell | Book of Basketball 2.0

What made Bill Russell so great? Was Russell a pioneer, a genius, or both? Why did he mean so much to the 1960s? Why did he walk away after his 11th title and never look back? And why wouldn’t he forgive the city of Boston? In 2012, Bill Simmons flew to Seattle and spent two days with the greatest winner in sports history, hoping to find these answers and more. It ended up being the highlight of his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

25mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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1997 Redraftables: Duncan the Sure Thing, T-Mac the Sleeper, and Rick Pitino the Ruiner With Joe House | Book of Basketball 2.0

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to revisit the 1997 NBA draft and discuss the gravitas of NCAA basketball, the lack of info on most draft prospects, the "Duncan Lottery," and more before redrafting the top 15 picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 21mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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Allen Iverson: You Had To Be There (with J.A. Adande)

In the first episode of Season 3, Bill Simmons and J.A. Adande break down Allen Iverson’s incredible career, the surreal experience of seeing him in person, why he belatedly became one of the league’s most beloved superstars, and where he ranks in Bill’s hall of fame pyramid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 34mins

12 Nov 2020

Rank #5

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2003 Redraftables: LeBron Arrives, Darko vs. Melo, Wade The Sleeper + the First “Modern” NBA Draft with Chad Ford | Book of Basketball 2.0

The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chad Ford to revisit the 2003 NBA draft and discuss some of the subplots and legends from that draft class before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 25mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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2002 Redraftables: The Ultimate Bad Luck Draft With Chris Ryan and Joe House | Book of Basketball 2.0

The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan and Joe House to revisit the bizarre 2002 NBA draft and discuss some of the subplots and legends from that draft class before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 22mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Shaquille O’Neal and the Pyramid (With J.A. Adande) | Book of Basketball 2.0

Chapter 3: Was Shaquille O’Neal the one Pantheon player who could have been top five if he really wanted it? Would vintage Shaq have been better or worse in 2019? Were Shaq and Kobe always destined to turn on each other? Was 'Kazaam' better than 'Steel'? And where does Shaq rank on Bill’s 100-player Hall of Fame Pyramid? These questions and more are broken down in our second Pyramid Podcast, with Northwestern University’s director of sports journalism, J.A. Adande. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 27mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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2010 Redraftables: PG-13, Wall, Hayward, and the Snakebit 2010 Draft With Ryen Russillo

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to revisit the 2010 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57mins

1 Jul 2020

Rank #9

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2008 Redraftables: A Genius Westbrook Pick and Rose vs. Love With Ryen Russillo

The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to revisit the 2008 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 20mins

24 Jun 2020

Rank #10

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2005 Redraftables: The Revenge of CP3 With Ryen Russillo

The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to revisit the 2005 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 20mins

11 Jun 2020

Rank #11

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1999 Redraftables: Francis in Purgatory! Odom in Hell! Weis Over Artest! Remembering an Unusually Hilarious Draft With Chris Ryan and Joe House | Book of Basketball 2.0

The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House and Chris Ryan to revisit the 1999 NBA draft, talk through some of the NBA subplots and legends in that draft class, and redraft the first 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 11mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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1996 Redraftables: Kobe, Iverson, Nash, Allen, and the Draft That Changed Everything With Ryen Russillo | Book of Basketball 2.0

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to revisit the 1996 NBA draft and discuss mid-'90s NBA subplots and legends of the '96 draft class before redrafting the top-14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 48mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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2007 Redraftables: Oden vs. Durant With Ryen Russillo

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to revisit the 2007 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, comedy, and legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 30mins

17 Jun 2020

Rank #14

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2006 Redraftables: The Unluckiest, Goofiest, Most Incompetent Draft of the 2000s, With Chris Ryan and Joe House

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan and Joe House to revisit the 2006 NBA draft and discuss some of its subplots, comedy, and legends before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 22mins

15 Jun 2020

Rank #15

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James Harden and the Pyramid (With Zach Lowe) | Book of Basketball 2.0

Chapter 4: Is Harden the NBA’s best scorer since Michael Jordan? Was the Harden trade the NBA’s biggest “what if?” ever? How much should Harden’s playoff stumbles matter for him historically? Where does his beard rank among the NBA’s greatest facial hairstyles ever? And where does Harden rank on Bill’s 100-player Hall of Fame Pyramid? These questions and more are broken down in our third “Pyramid Podcast” with Bill’s former Grantland colleague, ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 16mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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2004 Finals, Game 4: Shaq’s Last Great Game (The Rewatchables With J.A. Adande) | Book of Basketball 2.0

Chapter 3b: With the Shaq/Kobe era crumbling against a hungry 2004 Pistons team, Shaquille O’Neal tried to save the day with a memorable throwback performance. It ended up being his last great Lakers game. What did that night say about Shaq, that bizarre Lakers season, and a now-underrated champion from Detroit that wouldn’t roll over? Bill breaks it down with his former ESPN colleague J.A. Adande. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 21mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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OKC-GSW, Game 6 2016 (a 'Rewatchables' Flashback With Chris Ryan and Joe House) | Book of Basketball 2.0

Chapter 2b: No 2010s NBA game unleashed more “what ifs” than Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals. It’s impossible to figure out Stephen Curry’s phenomenal decade without hashing through everything that happened that night. So what happened? In the pilot episode of TBOB Rewatchables, recorded earlier this year on 'The Bill Simmons Podcast,' Bill re-lives that historic night with The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Joe House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 23mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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2000 Redraftables: The NBA Draft WOAT. With Ryen Russillo | Book of Basketball 2.0

The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to revisit the 2000 NBA draft, talk through some of the NBA subplots and what made this draft the worst in NBA history, and then break down the first 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 24mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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2004 Redraftables: A Series of Unfortunate Events With Joe House

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to revisit the 2004 NBA draft and discuss some of the subplots, draft comedy, and NBA legends from that class before redrafting the top 14 lottery picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 23mins

29 May 2020

Rank #20