Bill Simmons Rumors
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.
Durant can lock into a longer, still huge contract right now rather than take a risk on a one-year deal. Durant joining Steph, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would give Golden State four of the top 12 current best players in the league, according to Simmons, which might make them the best team of all time.
Simmons thinks so, but Barkley flatly admitted that there’s nothing LeBron can ever do to change his mind and displace Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Wilt Chamberlain from his top 5 list. “I’m not going to just move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe. They didn’t just die,” Barkley said. “ But I will say this about LeBron James: I’ve never seen a man coming out of high school who has handled the success, been a great player, never got in a stitch of trouble. It’s probably been the greatest career ever.”
This was enough to elicit a strong response from ESPN President John Skipper, who didn’t mince words while dismissing the idea. “Bill would rather spin conspiracy theories and be perceived as a martyr than take responsibility for his own actions. Let me be unequivocal and clear and take responsibility for my actions: I alone made the decision, and it had nothing to do with his comments about the commissioner. I severed our relationship with Bill because of his repeated lack of respect for this company and, more importantly, the people who work here.”