Bill and Jalen are back! To honor the great Larry Bird, Bill and Jalen have decided to do a league-wide wrap-up every 33 days — or, as they call it, every Birdmester. In their first episode, they crown the best team in the league, the best tanking performance thus far, the league’s least valuable player, and more.
Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose identify their "J & B All-Stars," who are not necessarily the best players in the NBA, but are the players who have a rare mix of entertainment value, uniqueness, and mystery that has garnered them unflappable devotion.
Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons disagree about which team should be in the top spot, but Bill made the list, so THE BULLS ARE THE NO. 1 TEAM. Bill and Jalen enlist the help of Ice Cube, a Carlos Boozer shot chart, the Blues Brothers, and the O'Jays to break down the reloaded Bulls and, of course, give the people what they want. Got to give the people what they want.
Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose look at how close the Indiana Pacers came to the Finals last year and why they expect them to test the Miami Heat this year. Bill and Jalen think the new bench, the maturation of Lance Stephenson, and the return of Larry THE LEGEND Bird will help. Prepare for a lot of THE LEGEND — both Bill and Jalen have a history with him.
Bill and Jalen turn their attention to the Thunder and examine the continued ramifications of the James Harden trade, compare Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale of The Wire, and play the game show sweeping the nation, Meet the Guys Who Are Going to Get Playoff Minutes for Oklahoma City!
Revenge of the nerds! Bill and Jalen decide whether the addition of Dwight Howard will bring a championship to Houston, wonder where Omer Asik will finish the season, and predict that Kevin Durant will eventually join James Harden and Howard on the Rockets to form a new "big three."
Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose skeptically review Mavs owner Mark Cuban's latest attempt to field an NBA championship roster, consider what Monta Ellis can provide as a second scorer, and Clairvoyant Bill sees a big year coming from Dirk Nowitzki. NOTHING IS OVER!