Bill Simmons Rumors
The thing is, the chair workout almost certainly never happened, which means that the video almost certainly never existed. I’ve spoken with numerous scouts, execs, players, trainers, and media members, and not one remembers ever actually seeing the clip. I’ve obtained the broadcast-once, now-lost TV program in which the chair workout was allegedly aired, and it’s not there. No matter how sure you are you’ve seen the clip, you haven’t.
Even Larry Harris, the GM of the Milwaukee Bucks, was dubious of the video’s existence: “I had heard about it, but never followed up on it because I find it hard to believe that anyone in any NBA front office would not take a guy solely because he scored on a chair.”
Simmons claimed that he first saw the clip during the broadcast of an ESPN NBA Draft lottery show, but no one had been able to either locate that video in the subsequent years, and no footage of Yi posterizing a chair has ever surfaced. The footage’s disappearance has naturally spawned various conspiracy theories, including one that blamed the Chinese government for its removal.
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.