Bill Simmons got back in his ESPN Grantland and right away--after saying "it's good to be back"--started admitting he made a lot of mistakes. That he got a whole bunch wrong. But Simmons wasn't talking about Roger Goodell, he was talking NBA basketball. Co-host Jalen Rose and Simmons have a nice rapport, and they talk their way through all 30 NBA teams before each season starts. This year they began with what they got wrong last year--like that the Suns would stink (they didn't), which was enough really to make a listener not very interested in what the duo thinks this year, but nevermind about that.
After his three-week suspension, Simmons was name calling again. But he was even-tempered, not irate, as he called the Philadelphia 76ers "the worst team in the league again. How do they do it?" And he brought his famed contrarian quality to his $3 million a year gig. Maybe the Sixers are brilliant, he said, piling up draft picks for being lousy--it's a question of whether their dignity can survive the present damage they're doing. Simmons even managed to take a shot at NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, calling him a "really soft rookie of the year."
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