Even though Stan Van Gundy won’t be joining ESPN’s formerly boring NBA pregame show — a development that disappointed us greatly — NBA Countdown will be getting a shot of life in another form: Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose are going to be joining Magic Johnson and Michael Wilbon. This is a good thing.
They’ll de-vanilla the robotic proceedings with their sharp opinions and whatnot, and if all goes according to plan, we should have our first incidence of accidental cursing from Bill Simmons by mid-November. It will be a moment we’ll celebrate. And it’s a moment Simmons doesn’t sound like he’s looking forward to.
“I’m a little worried,” said Simmons, during a podcast he recorded with Rose. “Because, in this day and age, where you’re not allowed to make any mistakes whatsoever and the internet just jumps on you, I’m a little bit worried about having a live mic. I’ve been doing a podcast for five-in-a-half years, and when I cross the line, Jacobi or whomever says, ‘Hey Bill, we’re gonna edit that out, you shouldn’t have said that.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s a good idea! I shouldn’t have said that.’ I’m not gonna have that option on live television.”
(SportsGrid will have full coverage of the first time Bill Simmons curses on live television.)
In addition to the hot mic discussion, Rose and Simmons gave props to best studio show on the planet, aka Inside the NBA.
Also: why is Jalen Rose holding a baseball bat?