2013 NBA MVP LeBron James joins Michael Wilbon to reflect on his fourth MVP award in five years. James talks about his plans for improving his game next season, how injuries are affecting this year's playoffs, and whether or not Derrick Rose will play in the Miami-Chicago series.
Larry Bird and Bill Simmons discuss Bird's legendary Celtics career, why he almost retired early, and who he thinks is the best player in the game today. The original podcast aired on February 7, 2013.
The NFL draft is here, and Ephraim Salaam and I decided to celebrate the occasion with a special edition of the Trenches. We started off with some talk about the Darrelle Revis and Percy Harvin trades, but from there it was all draft all the time. We discussed some of the top tackles available, how their draft spots might affect the rest of the first round, when teams would start talking themselves into this year's group of quarterbacks, and what sort of dynamic offensive players have become coveted throughout the league. And as a bonus, there's video!
Heading into the playoffs, Bill Simmons decided to break out his iPhone and film in between takes during NBA Countdown tapings. The first batch of results taught us a few things about the Countdown crew: Magic has a penchant for smuggling large quantities of coveted Chicago popcorn for the crew; Wilbon refuses to fill out his own NBA awards ballot because he doesn't like to use computers; Bill has his own crazy theory about why Magic became friends with Larry Bird (and Magic doesn't deny it); and Magic hates it when Lakers starters attend boxing matches right before a big playoff game. Oh, and the room they hang out in on tape days is weirdly dark and a little bit creepy. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for more "NBA Countdown: Behind the Scenes" videos during the 2013 playoffs. Check out the videos after the jump.
Colin Cowherd theorizes that fear, adversity, and anger motivate great talents like Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Bill Simmons then claims that Game 6 against the Celtics in last year's NBA playoffs was one of the great "Fork in the Road Moments" in the history of sports.
Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons break down the suddenly tight race for the NBA scoring title between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. They also explain how Melo and Durant were born to score baskets the way sharks were born to kill fish.
In addition to being an immensely talented baseball player, Roberto Clemente was also a poet, a chiropractor, and an insomniac. He also bore the unusual nickname "Momen" because he was always telling people he'd be with them in a momen’.