Bill Simmons Rumors
The Warriors star fielded questions from fans on The Bill Simmons Podcast posted Sunday night, and one fan wondered what KD’s favorite part of the Bay is (beside winning the NBA championship with Golden State). “It’s just the culture, it’s just the food,” Durant said. “It’s just so many different pockets of mom-and-pop restaurants in different pockets of San Francisco, the Bay Area and Oakland. It’s like so many small, really boutique restaurants and the culture in there is overwhelming and you really get entrenched in that. You can tell they take it really seriously. I never experienced nothing like that, so I thought it was really cool. Just different restaurant experiences.”
Kevin Durant is quite familiar with Oklahoma City, and the Warriors forward appeared on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” to talk about the NBA offseason frenzy (the episode will be released on Monday, but a partial transcript can be found on The Ringer). When it comes to George, it appears that Durant is just as confused as the rest of us. “I think Paul George is so good. A lot of people disrespect him. Because I play against him and I respect my position,” Durant said. “So that was shocking because Indiana just gave him away. And I ain’t think OKC would even think about giving up anything to trade for him. I didn’t think they would do it, but that was a ballsy move.”
LaVar Ball appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night alongside the merchandise he’s selling. Ball also invited his oldest son, Lonzo Ball, along and even let him sit in the first seat while he shouted bad puns and worse declarations over him towards Bill Simmons’ close personal friend.
Bill Simmons is taking The Ringer to a whole new server. It was announced this morning that The Ringer would be moving from Medium to Vox Media servers where it will share real estate with sites like SB Nation, The Verge, and Recode. The latter is where Simmons has been known to pop in for an interview now and then to explain that money is no f-ing problem. Simmons will maintain ownership of the site, but Vox will sell ads and share revenue. Here’s Simmons statement via the New York Times:
Why does the All-Star game have have such low quality of play? Kevin Durant on The Bill Simmons Podcast: “It’s Sunday. It’s Sunday. It’s Sunday. The game is Sunday. We done did everything from Thursday, had a game, fly into New Orleans hit the ground running. And by Sunday, by the time Sunday – and you want to enjoy your break. By the time Sunday come, we’re like man, let’s just get this over with and get back to the second half of the season.” What a refreshingly honest answer.
The Ringer, his sports+pop culture website and podcast network, is still finding its footing. But Simmons says it is already making money — enough to support a staff of 65 full-time employees. Really? “Fuck yeah,” says Simmons, slouched comfortably on a couch in his office/podcast studio. “The one thing that’s not a problem for us is money.”
Everyone is surprised by that. Because no one believes that there’s that much money in podcasting. Bill Simmons: Really? Go ask some people. We have really successful podcasts. Not just mine. But The Ringer NBA show is like 140,000, 150,000 listeners per show. Channel 33’s like 125,000 per show. Ringer NFL is like almost 100,000. You go on down the line …