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Old 02-04-2013, 07:02 PM   #16
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Default Re: What do you guys think of Bill Simmons?

Love his articles, love Grantland, love "The Book of Basketball", don't mind his Boston centric fandom, hate him as a TV personality, because he's not nearly as interesting as his articles suggest. I don't like Rose and Magic on there, either.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #17
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Simmons is dispicable troll and they lost me as a viewer when they added him. He knows he is a troll. He always has that little smirk on his face after he makes a "joke". He is eager to piss someone off like a bratty child in kindergarten. He's always looking for a reaction to his imaginary wit.

Wilbon is about the only non-player analyst that I will watch.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #18
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I love him but I understand why some people can't stand him
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:27 PM   #19
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Simmons is dispicable troll and they lost me as a viewer when they added him. He knows he is a troll. He always has that little smirk on his face after he makes a "joke". He is eager to piss someone off like a bratty child in kindergarten. He's always looking for a reaction to his imaginary wit.

Wilbon is about the only non-player analyst that I will watch.

Looks like his antics are working on you
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:43 PM   #20
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He's the best one but he's slipping after moving to LA.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:09 PM   #21
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Default Re: What do you guys think of Bill Simmons?

He's, by far, the best sportswriter out there. His articles are fantastic, but he's becoming more of a multimedia guy. His podcasts are good, but the halftime show is sorely lacking. I keep saying switching Magic Johnson for Chris Webber would be great. Think it would really elevate Jalen's game too.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:20 PM   #22
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NBA tv crew is the best.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:21 PM   #23
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bill has no integrity. he writes whatever he feels like.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:41 PM   #24
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bill has no integrity. he writes whatever he feels like.

To be fair, that is kind of his thing.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:22 PM   #25
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To be fair, that is kind of his thing.

Exactly. That's personally why I like him the best. And I'm not a Celtics fan.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:11 PM   #26
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Default Re: What do you guys think of Bill Simmons?

He's actually a pretty funny guy. As far as basketball analysis goes, he's not great, but not terrible either.

He's probably one of the more likeable and genuine people on ESPN though.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:13 PM   #27
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I respect his opinions, but constantly find myself disagreeing with him.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:30 PM   #28
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I like his podcast and his columns (and loved the 30 for 30 series, which I believe he executive produced), but I don't care for him much as a studio analyst.

I'm really torn on his book though...the amount of research he did is admirable, but I found myself disagreeing with his arguments/logic/trains of thought more often than not. I think it's fine if you take the 'Book of Basketball' for what it is (as opposed to at face value, since it seems Bill performed a lot of research to find support for his arguments, rather than approaching the project with a blank state; this is just how it comes off to me, at least).
Totally agreed on his book of basketball. But generally aside from the really random wtf really things he has rankings wise: IE his argument for Chuck over Malone and then he goes with Malone because of his durability/length of career. And his praise on Stockton in his blog but putting him in level 3 at 25...when Stockton wasn't quite the player but most of his records are untouchable, and he should probably be at least level 4. And there's certain players who I could put him over.


And with the ESPN NBA thing, the best night in the Bill era was easily the night it was just him and Wilbon. They actually talked about real stuff, and were fairly analytical. I think he gets to call some shots too, because after the talking about sub .500 Lakers every telecast for the first few weeks he tweeted about it saying he doesn't want to talk about them and asked the viewers what they thought, and they mention them but it's totally different. I think if they let him control the show it'd be way way better.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:14 PM   #29
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Grantland is a good site.

I don't really like him in anything else.

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