By Benjamin Mullin WSJ Joe Flint WSJ Mon., Jan. 28, 2019 Bill Simmons has heard talk in the media business that podcasting is a bubble, with cutbacks by some companies in the industry, like BuzzFeed and Panoply, signaling broader trouble. Mr. Simmons, founder of the sports and pop culture outlet The Ringer, isn’t buying it, and takes a dig at an NBA team to explain why. “If somebody didn’t succeed, I don’t think that says anything about the business,” Mr. Simmons said in an interview late last year. “You could look at basketball and say, ’Oh, the [Atlanta] Hawks stink...what’s going on with basketball?’ Nobody would ever do that.” Mr. Simmons, who launched the company three years ago after a 14-year run as one of ESPN’s most provocative commentators, has bet big on digital audio at The Ringer, with a network of 28 podcasts that garner about 35 million downloads a month. He is embracing his … [Read more...] about For Bill Simmons’s The Ringer, Podcasting Is the Main Event
Cork Gaines, provided by Published 10:18 pm, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Abbie Parr/Getty Images Joel Embiid ripped Philadelphia 76ers' president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo after a report linked the executive to five Twitter accounts. The accounts reportedly called Embiid "a bit lazy," "selfish," and "acting like a tool," and said he was not as smart as Kristaps Porzingis. In a tweet shortly after the report was published, Embiid called former 76ers GM and president Sam Hinkie "better and smarter" than Colangelo. Embiid did later walk back the criticism of Colangelo a tad after the two spoke. a report linked the executive to Twitter accounts that had been critical of the team's star. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Elon Musk's Life-or-Death Decision for Tesla's Future Cheddar TV Starbucks Removes Its Only Gluten-Free Sandwich Despite Customer Outrage Cooking Light Metro using tech to aid visually impaired Yi-Chin Lee/Houston … [Read more...] about Joel Embiid rips 76ers executive linked to Twitter accounts that were critical of the NBA star
CHICAGO — Bruce Brown doesn’t need any extra motivation.The former Hurricane guard is carrying plenty of it with him during the NBA’s pre-draft evaluation process. Brown is working to prove that his surgically-repaired left foot is fully healed, which is enough to make these next few weeks leading up to the June 21 draft especially important. But that’s not all. Brown pointed to a childhood memory as the fuel to his drive.“One day, me and my mom and my siblings were in the house, and she had no money to get oil in the house,” Brown recalled Thursday at the NBA draft combine. “So we had to open the oven for heat, and we all stayed by the oven. That basically just stuck with me. I want to get her out of that situation.” Bruce Brown from the NBA draft combine. (Photo by Anthony Chiang) That moment happened while he was growing up in Boston as an 8-year-old. Brown, who has relocated to Thousand Oaks, Calif. for his pre-draft work, is now 21. … [Read more...] about How is the NBA draft combine going for former Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown? Plus, a look at his meeting with the Heat
Scott Davis, provided by Published 1:36 pm, Saturday, May 19, 2018 Maddie Meyer/Getty LeBron James can become a free agent this summer, something the Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly been bracing for since 2016. James has played on short-term contracts since returning to the Cavs in 2014, using the threat of leaving to keep the team under pressure. By getting the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 pick in the Kyrie Irving trade and refusing to trade it, the Cavs signaled that they were prepared for life without James and would not mortgage the future to improve this year's team. Recommended Video: Now Playing: We all knew how much Kyrie hated being in LeBron's shadow. But the lengths he took to get out were serious. It was reported today from Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com that Kyrie Irving THREATENED to first sit out training camp and then get surgery on his knee which would have kept him out all season! Apparently this threat forced the Cavs into making a deal. Media: … [Read more...] about The Cavs have reportedly been bracing for LeBron James’ potential departure for 2 years
Based on the outcome of Game 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers will need to make some adjustments to compete with the Celtics. And it appears at least one is coming — a lineup change that should potentially worry Celtics fans. Starting Tristan Thompson. “It’s definitely something we have to weigh,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters Monday. Why now? Benching Thompson, who played just 17 minutes a game in the second round, worked fine against the Toronto Raptors. The Cavaliers easily took care of the Eastern Conference one-seed with a shooter-heavy starting lineup of George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James, and, starting at center, Kevin Love. In the four-game sweep, the Cavaliers shot over 41 percent from three-point range and cruised into the conference finals. Against the Celtics, that same group of starters did not fare well Sunday. In their 25-point loss to Boston, Cleveland shot a miserable 4-for-26 from deep. That can happen when you play the … [Read more...] about Could this Cavaliers lineup change cause problems for the Celtics in Game 2?