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    http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/bill...ball-show.html

    Bill Simmons is bringing Grantland to television.

    After two years on the NBA Countdown set, the kingmaker of ESPN is taking his talents to… another show on ESPN. Simmons is departing Bristol’s flagship NBA show to head up a new effort with the Grantland brand.

    The Grantland Basketball Show (quite the original name, there) will air up to 18 one-hour episodes on ESPN throughout the NBA season. The debut episode drops October 21st at 8 PM ET on the mothership. Simmons will be the star of the show, but as of ESPN’s announcement it is unknown who will join him. You can bet that Grantland’s NBA voices will be heavily featured. Duh. That means Official Simmons Running Buddy Jalen Rose, Zach Lowe, Jonathan Abrams, Andrew Sharp, Mark Titus (please let Mark Titus be a part of this) and others working at the site are likely to appear on the show.

    What is interesting is that the Grantland Basketball Show will be under the auspices of ESPN’s fancy new original content outpost Exit 31 production studio. That’s the new conglomerate within the company that oversees Grantland, 538, 30 for 30, and generally all the cool stuff that ESPN does that isn’t someone embracing debate in a Bristol studio.
    Sounds pretty great to me. NBA Countdown was pretty awful as a whole, and Simmons's chemistry with everyone not named Jalen was a big part of why. Seeing Simmons do the talking head bit won't be fun, but hey, maybe we'll get like 55 minutes of Zach Lowe with Mark Titus getting a 5 minute ending segment at the end of each show. That'd win Emmys. My Emmys anyway.

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    The "kingmaker of ESPN"? What?

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    Also, I'm going to post how much Zach Lowe looks like a young David Axelrod probably every time it airs.

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    Default Re: Bill Simmons off NBA Countdown, to start new 1 hour ESPN show

    Great. Add another to the list of ESPN shows I won't watch.

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    I don't care about his one hour show, I am just thankful he is off of NBA broadcasts.

    His homerism was too much to stomach.

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    I don't care about his one hour show, I am just thankful he is off of NBA broadcasts.
    Yup, glad I don't have to watch him any more. I don't mind his writing, but he's an annoying ***** on tv.

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    I'm truly shocked that this thread has already spiralled into a hate sesh on Bill Simmons.

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    I'm truly shocked that this thread has already spiralled into a hate sesh on Bill Simmons.
    I'm bummed I can't find the photoshop of Simmons in street clothes on ESPN after Lebron to Cleveland went official with a smoke hanging out of his mouth. Hate the guy all you want, he's livin the dream.

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    I'm bummed I can't find the photoshop of Simmons in street clothes on ESPN after Lebron to Cleveland went official with a smoke hanging out of his mouth. Hate the guy all you want, he's livin the dream.
    I like Simmons. I like ESPN. I am the 1% around here.

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    I like Simmons. I like ESPN. I am the 1% around here.
    I'm iffy on Simmons, I think he's gotten a little self important, but whatever, what hardcore fan doesn't think their opinion is THE opinion I suppose, I'm the foremost expert on what the Pacers are, were, and ever will be, just ask me y'know. The dude also gave us the Grantland stable (for better or worse at times, enough friggin Gladwell and Klosterman pimping) and 30 for 30. He just didn't work on a show where he wasn't the emcee, they can't all be role players.

    ESPN's a largely evil entity though.

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    I was a HUGE Simmons fan back when he was just a writer. His draft diaries were always tremendous, and I loved when he would do things like figure out the probable box score from the final game in Hoosiers. I still typically enjoy his columns, but they are too few and far between now that he has so much else going on. And he does come off as a bit of a prick on TV, which I think is part of his shtick. Perhaps success has gone to his head a bit. I do appreciate his vast knowledge of the history of basketball, though.

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    I like Bill Simmons as a writer, but his on-air smugness was a huge turn-off.

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    I am on and off about Simmons, he's a good enough guy but sometimes his smug demeanor will rub you the wrong way.
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    I'm iffy on Simmons, I think he's gotten a little self important, but whatever, what hardcore fan doesn't think their opinion is THE opinion I suppose, I'm the foremost expert on what the Pacers are, were, and ever will be, just ask me y'know. The dude also gave us the Grantland stable (for better or worse at times, enough friggin Gladwell and Klosterman pimping) and 30 for 30. He just didn't work on a show where he wasn't the emcee, they can't all be role players.

    ESPN's a largely evil entity though.
    I enjoy Gladwell's books, but that's about the extent of the ****s I give about him. Klosterman, on the other hand, well, I am more than happy for Grantland to pimp his stuff. I will read/listen to anything he is part of. I find him to be a fascinating human being. Also, it doesn't happen to much anymore, but in the earlier days of the BS Report he would be the only guest to call Simmons out on some of his ******** and turn the tables on him a little bit. I liked that.

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    John Madden and Jim Ross should do the sunday night games... lets make it happen

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    Default Re: Bill Simmons off NBA Countdown, to start new 1 hour ESPN show

    I can see why people don't like Simmons, but at least he is somewhat of an ambassador for good mainstream media basketball coverage. If Simmons didn't have a high place in ESPN, ESPN and by extension its competitors would be groveling over the NFL even more than they do already. I think he directs some attention to basketball that wouldn't be there otherwise.

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    Of course they would ESPN likes to force feed the public the really unlikeable people that work for them.

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    I like Simmons. I like ESPN. I am the 1% around here.
    I wonder how many of the other 99% still watch ESPN and read Grantland lol.

    I gave Fox Sports One a try at first, but I've completely forgotten about it as of late.

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    I've never liked Simmons. His columns were no different than the 'Heat Index', other than the fact they were camouflaged by not using a similar title like 'Boston Sports'. All the dude ever talked(bragged) about was the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. So, to me, he's no better than the 'Heat Index'. After hearing him commentate, I knew I was correct in believing his lame, bias opinions were garbage. Simmons', along with Jemel Hill, Colin Cowherd, Stephen A. Smith, Dan Lebatard and Skip Bayless, all make me want to vomit. When the best person on a list is Skip Bayless, yuck.

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    I wonder how many of the other 99% still watch ESPN
    I never watch espn. I just go on their page and read the stuff I actually want to know about. Beats watching their little crap tracker waiting for a story/highlights only for them to shuffle it and the story/highlights you want to see don't come up for another 15 minutes. That, or, waiting to see a sports score on the bottom only for them to go to commercial as it's about to come up and the scores start over from the beginning forcing you to wait for a second time. ESPN the station... no me gusta.

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    If Jalen is on I probably won't watch

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    Jaws referring to Andrew Luck having the potential to be the best QB of all time and then ESPN ignoring Luck so they can focus on a back up QB all day is really all that needs to be said. ESPN has turned into the MTV of the sports world.

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