Bill Simmons Rumors
Former Thunder forward Kevin Durant is scheduled to appear on HBO’s “Any Given Wednesday” with Bill Simmons on … Wednesday. Simmons, formerly a columnist at ESPN, is a long-time critic of the Thunder’s decision to trade James Harden in 2012, calling it days after the deal “one of the all-time catastrophic basketball decisions.”
Bill Simmons new HBO show, “Any Given Wednesday,” is off to bad reviews and even worse ratings after five episodes. The show bottomed out last week, as a paltry 163,000 people viewed the 30-minute infomercial for fellow HBO programs, “Vice Principals” and “The Night Of.” To put that number in perspective, HBO’s two headliners, Bill Maher and John Oliver, both currently average over four million viewers per episode. It’s safe to say HBO expected a bigger audience when they handed Simmons a three-year, $20 million deal last summer.
Bill Simmons has owned up to his mistake, and good for him. The man formerly known as “The Sports Guy” took to his podcast this week and apologized to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski for ever questioning his reporting powers. As we posted earlier in the week, back in February Simmons and frequent guest Joe House, took to the airwaves and blasted a report from Wojnarowski’s site The Vertical. The report claimed the Golden State Warriors were preparing to make a run at Kevin Durantin free agency. Simmons tore the piece apart, claiming there was no way the Warriors were looking that far ahead or even considering a future with Durant. How’d that turn out?
Through all of this, the only public word from Bosh was a brief statement in March saying the clot was gone and he intended to return before the end of the season. While he did not get back on the court, he was on the bench late in the season and throughout the playoffs. He sat in the locker room before games and hung out at practices, but was not available for the media and never spoke about his status. For the first time in about five months, Bosh will answer questions. He taped an episode of Bill Simmons’ new show, Any Given Wednesday, on Tuesday with actor Anthony Anderson. Bosh’s conversation with Simmons will air tonight on HBO at 10 p.m. It’ll be an interesting 24 hours of TV for the Heat, with Dwyane Wade scheduled to co-host Live with Kelly on Thursday (9 a.m., ABC). Wade’s free agency has been plenty turbulent over the past week, and his future in Miami is uncertain as he prepares to meet with the Bulls, Bucks and Nuggets.
If you find yourself in the group that would love to see Durant head to the Warriors, you should probably listen to Bill Simmons’ most recent podcast. Simmons begins sketching out his argument just before the eight-minute mark of Friday’s episode, and it really is a very enticing one. Here’s a quick summary of his key points: If Durant wants a move to Golden State, this is his only chance salary cap-wise, because if the Warriors don’t land him they’re going to overpay Harrison Barnes and then hand Steph Curry a monster contract next season.