Bomani Jones weighs in on sports, pop culture, social topics and much more from NYC.
Here's the Latest Episode from The Right Time with Bomani Jones:
Bomani and Elle Duncan laugh about whether or not her first child will welcome her second to the family (0:32) and discuss her “Atlanta-adjacent” roots (5:51). They swap stories on the city’s culture from HBCU’s to music, share what makes it different from every other city in the country as well as establish whether or not she is “off that narcotic” with Atlanta sports teams (31:48). All that and much more!
Bomani shares his thoughts on the misery that is the Dallas Cowboys as currently constructed (0:56). Why do they still matter so much? Why are they “America’s team”? He also discusses why Derrick Henry of the Titans may be the last in a long line of Hall of Fame running backs (23:07) and sheds light on the situation around “The Eyes of Texas” for the Longhorns’ football team (33:37). Plus, an IYHH with returning museum artifacts to their country of origin (49:21) and your voicemails from being let down by your home squad (1:03:55).
- @SuyinSays on the four activists that have been fined for trying to remove an artifact from a French museum: https://bit.ly/3obYPxS
- @BrandiVincent_ on the national defense outfitting and steering military dogs with augmented reality goggles: https://bit.ly/2HqDEY4
- @sarafischer on the industries that won’t recover from the pandemic economically without a vaccine: https://bit.ly/35iphNr
Bomani and comedian Roy Wood Jr. discuss what is better between getting “dunked on” and getting “stiff armed” (6:24), the relative strength of landlords and land ladies in this age of quarantine (21:17), Bill Burr’s monologue on SNL about racial accountability (30:35) as well as Ice Cube’s recent comments and allegiances (43:13). Plus, which football season calls it quits first (56:51)?
Bomani Jones shares his thoughts on the injury to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (0:57), including why it reminds us of the guilt we feel around the brutality of the game as well as why he believes that Prescott will still remain in Dallas long-term. The Lakers won the ‘chip (25:24), and why a piece about dementia and COVID-19 spells bad news for the NFL (40:20). Plus, an IYHH including “monkey gang wars” in India (49:45), and your voicemails from when you “quit football” (1:04:16).
Bomani and Vinnie Goodwill look back on the year for the NBA in advance of (potentially) the final game of the season with Heat-Lakers Game 5. The league deserves props for making this thing happen in the bubble (0:55). Would Anthony Davis be your MVP and are these Lakers historically great compared to others from their team’s history (27:10)? Plus, does Doc Rivers fix the Sixers (48:55) and Vinnie makes his plea for Lions fans to give up on “that narcotic” (1:01:58).
Bomani Jones discusses why despite the “want to” from Jimmy Butler that won the Heat Game 3 of the NBA Finals, he stills hates the zone (0:58). If the Lakers come out on top would LeBron be deserving of the MVP and why did LSU gives up on COVID stadium protocols (21:27)? Plus, Bo tells stories about how much of a “bad man” Bob Gibson was following his passing (34:15), an IYHH including a 67 year-old woman known as “ninja lady” (41:42) and your voicemails from the “game within the game” (55:19).
- @heatherkelly on what the future holds for tech’s billion-dollar headquarters: https://wapo.st/34C9CIO
- @Brian_Rokos on the 67-year-old “Ninja lady” who made good on her threat to an intruder: https://bit.ly/2SuofYO
- @shanmcmahon_ on the “cruises to nowhere” that may be setting sail soon: https://wapo.st/3jxmYfs
Bomani and Nick Wright dive into the deeper issues with the Clippers and discuss how it reflects on a Lakers team that dominated Game 1 of the NBA Finals (6:05). This leads to a debate around borderline Hall of Fame cases across sports such as a few current members of the Warriors and Chiefs as Nick gets the obligatory amount of time to gush about his hometown squad (27:00). Plus, QB play across the NFL (38:51) and whether or not the Lakers are in for a run of championships if they close the deal against Miami (55:31).
Bomani shares why he believes that the Lamar Jackson-Pat Mahomes matchup from Monday Night Football is a “sign of the revolution” and previews the NBA Finals (20:42). This includes Bam Adebayo name pronunciation attempts, why Tyler Herro vs. Kyle Kuzma could be the “game within a game” that he’s been telling you about for months as well as a reminder of just how committed NBA owners are to "Black Lives Matter". Plus, Doc Rivers’ firing by the Clippers (37:03), an IYHH including a rat awarded for bravery (44:56) and your voicemails from when “the game was cheating” (56:39).
- @geoffreyfowler on Amazon’s new security drone that pushes the boundaries of surveillance https://wapo.st/3cOgyGf
- @laurelwamsley on the hero rat that won a top animal award for sniffing out land mines: https://n.pr/3ifZA4O
- @mikejbabcock on Joe Montana confronting an alleged kidnapper at his home: https://bit.ly/3kZk0kk
Bomani and Spencer Hall discuss the difficulties in getting the 2020 CFB season off the mark (0:17), the Big Ten getting “bullied” into playing (9:21), the commitment of coach Deion Sanders at Jackson State (25:42), Southern University’s band and Spencer’s time playing in the Florida band (34:44) as well as revisiting the Jake Garcia high school transfer situation in Valdosta Georgia (38:14).
Bomani calls another meeting for the support group of fans of “sorry teams” (0:55), shares why he doesn’t need to apologize for Anthony Davis’ success in the WCF (21:40) and wonders whether or not Michael Jordan is going to try and play cards with Bubba Wallace for his paycheck now that they are joining forces (35:40). Plus, an IYHH with feral pigs runnin’ wild around North America (41:48) and voicemails of the worst hot mic incidents that you have witnessed (53:51).
- @DianeEPeters in @TheAtlantic on the billions of dollars in damage being caused by wild pigs: https://bit.ly/3iTXIQr
- @MaryMeisenzahl on the acrylic helmet with HEPA filters from MicroClimate called Air: https://bit.ly/2RPDlb4
- @ReedAlbergotti on the impact that wealth is having on health in a changing global climate: https://wapo.st/35Ykq61
Bomani chats with friends Desus and Mero about the vacation they went on together to Amsterdam (1:42), cultural overlap with rap music knowledge (10:41), their new book “GOD-LEVEL KNOWLEDGE DARTS: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BRONX” (16:40) as well as the perks of being with Showtime and how it differs from their previous work (38:07). Plus, their thoughts on the NBA bubble and the Clippers crashing out of it to the Nuggets (42:34).
Be sure to check the guys out on the the rest of their virtual book tour, you can get tickets here: https://bit.ly/33G5vur
Bomani Jones weighs in on Cam Newton’s debut with the Patriots, including him almost getting his “chain snatched” in a postgame scuffle (1:05). Bo turns up the heat on old quarterbacks across the NFL (15:17) and has a PSA for fans of "sorry" teams (29:15). Plus, an IYHH with orange skies up-and-down the west coast (42:07) and your voicemails from the time you got kicked out the paint like Daniel House in the NBA bubble (53:07).
- @tanyachen on YouTube demonetizing influencers for encouraging people to ignore COVID safety: https://bit.ly/35LECrE
- @sarakileywatson on how raging wildfires are creating a hellish red sky on the west coast: https://bit.ly/35DH0Rm
- @erindonnelly on the Texas teacher who racked up miles virtually taking her students around the country: https://yhoo.it/2E6ZFty
Bomani and former “The Right Time” producer Shannon Penn discuss the impact of the NFL playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” prior to games this season alongside the rise of black quarterbacks across the league (8:02), the state of Shannon’s misery surrounding the prospects for the Giants (26:07), how Cam Newton’s first season with the Patriots will turn out (42:30) and much more.
Bomani Jones is here to remind you that football season is here (1:03)! Just because it doesn’t “feel like it”, doesn’t mean that there aren’t compelling storylines. Bo breaks them down for you, discusses how it will look different and addresses Kirk Herbstreit’s emotions from College Gameday. Anthony Davis has a battle on his hands with “can’t go back all-star” P.J. Tucker, who will blink first (27:15)? Plus, Novak Djokovic can’t get out of his own way (39:20), an IYHH with the Heat being denied their request to have their arena used for voting (47:43) and your voicemails from the most egregious lie you’ve ever heard a la Jessica Krug (1:00:00).
- @heatherkelly on the anxiety and exhaustion kids are dealing with at online school: https://wapo.st/3hcVeLg
- @doug_hanks on Miami not having an NBA voting site after county picks Frost museum over AA arena: https://hrld.us/32aSBp5
- @DeMiciaValon on the GWU history department demanding the resignation of a professor who pretended to be Black: https://on.thegrio.com/3bEfP9V
Bomani Jones and Michael Smith discuss Michael’s new TV show “Brother From Another” that comes to Peacock later this month (2:40) and why the “stick to sports” moniker doesn’t work any longer, the role NBA owners play in the movement for social justice and how players can leverage their power (15:56), Steve Nash becoming the new Nets head coach (44:18) as well as much more.
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Bomani Jones shares his thoughts on the polarized situation around the NBA players' on-then-off-again strike and LeBron's role in it (1:06), the legacy of Georgetown head coach John Thompson following his passing (35:34) as well as the "illusion of power" for college athletes covered in his recent piece for Vanity Fair (45:46). Plus, an IYHH including the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman (58:31) and your voicemails from how his film "Black Panther" impacted you when seen in theaters (1:16:08).
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- @CDFrancescani on the former pool attendant detailing an alleged relationship with Becki & Jerry Falwell Jr: https://abcn.ws/35096Gl
- @gordonshumway on controversy continuing over the SF restaurant serving $200 meals in private domes: https://bit.ly/31MFUAj
- @big_data_kane on actor Chadwick Boseman's passing at age 43 due to cancer: https://bit.ly/3jDHqL8
Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth weigh in on Reds announcer Thom Brennaman using a slur on a “hot mic” during a broadcast, leading to his suspension mid-game (1:23). They discuss the effect that is has on fans, and whether or not their agency can force change like the football team in Washington (28:23). It evolves into a conversation about racial ambiguity and Babe Ruth “being Black”, finishing with some light discussion on whether or not college football and the NFL will actually have a season (1:02:19).
Bomani dishes on the NBA Playoffs starting in the bubble and Luka Doncic comparisons to Larry Bird (1:09), why college students cannot be trusted to social distance (20:09) and neither can collegiate conferences to govern themselves (32:55), as well as why it is fair to be skeptical of new President of the Washington Football Team Jason Wright’s ability to succeed in a job he has not held previously (47:48). Plus, an IYHH including how diseased chicken could make its way to a menu near you (47:48) and your voicemails of the worst roommate you have ever had (58:14).
- @ZlatiMeyer on college students trapped at home, redecorating their rooms for video class: https://bit.ly/2Q9jCSK
- @littletrip says “diseased chicken for dinner? The USDA is considering it”: https://bloom.bg/349qmIG
- @headphoneaddict on Wu Tang’s the RZA partnering with Good Humor for a new “ice cream song”: https://on.thegrio.com/3gjDBZT
Bomani Jones welcomes Cari Champion and Jemele Hill to the show, who give insight into their new VICE show “Stick to Sports,” discuss the lessons they’ve learned in the shift of their careers, weigh in on the latest single WAP and much more.
Bomani Jones weighs in on college football- or lack thereof- and possible fights in the NBA bubble. Plus, Hard Knocks returns but does the city of Los Angeles know? Also, we recoup money in this week’s voicemails and discuss dogs that can smell the coronavirus in IYHH.
Bomani and Joel Anderson of Slate discuss his story about the problems around Liberty University’s athletics program as it relates to Black athletes, including the school’s pursuit of Hugh Freeze, Ian McCaw and their plan for building the program (1:31). Plus, players from the Big Ten have now joined the Pac-12 group in demanding accountability from their respective conferences in order for them to return to the field (32:09), Gary Patterson apologizes for using the “N-word” at TCU (42:28) and a little history of the University of Houston’s football program (51:22).
Bomani Jones dives deeper into his story about the Pac-12 players joining together under the banner #WeAreUnited in looking for safety from COVID-19, including the possibility of a boycott (1:05). He reacts to games officially picking up again for the NBA, shares why the entrance of families into the “bubble” could present some unforeseen yet hilarious issues (26:50) and why he doesn’t have a problem with players choosing to stand for the anthem (35:03). Plus, an IYHH including delays for the Postal Service (47:09) and a #StillInTheLeague NBA re-start edition (58:42).
- @JennyJarvie takes you inside “Magic City”, and shares how a strip club operates during a pandemic: https://lat.ms/2Porqjd
- @MusicMesfin on the release of Beyonce’s “Black Is King”: https://bit.ly/2XrONgh
- @MatthewDalyWDC on the House panel calling on the new Postal Service chief to explain mail delays: https://bit.ly/3kcrhha
Bomani chats with Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report about life inside the NBA’s “bubble” down in Orlando (1:11). Her and Bo laugh at the media’s coverage of Lou Williams’ famed trip to “Magic City” (9:51), which somehow leads them to discuss “little city gangsters” and their least favorite characters from “The Wire” (25:17). Plus, they wrap with what it’s like to cover the NBA’s version of summer camp up close and whether or not the idea it could happen again next season is viable from the players’ perspective (38:52).
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Bomani weighs in on the outbreak of COVID-19 amongst the Marlins that has caused the cancellation of games, including why he thinks it is an indicator of troubled waters ahead for both the NFL and college football (1:03). Should Lou Williams have been put on blast for getting “Magic City” wings whilst outside of the bubble (21:31)? Why some NBA owners are taking out loans against their franchise's value (34:26) and more. Plus, an IYHH including a clandestine UFO sector within the government (42:29) and your voicemails of the biggest lie someone has told on your behalf (53:38).
Bomani and Vinnie Goodwill discuss NBA owners protecting their own investment in the return to action and whether or not they will attempt to re-negotiate the collective bargaining agreement (13:13), assess Dwight Howard’s career in this moment after going off script in the bubble about COVID-19 precautions (25:58) and wonder whether or not the Bucks have what it takes to win the championship and re-sign Giannis (41:13). All that and much more!
Bomani highlights health as the great equalizer for the difference of opinions and interests across the levels of labor in the NFL (1:02), shares the level of competition surrounding the barbershops built in the NBA bubble (23:12) and has a message regarding the passing of House Representative John Lewis (34:03). Plus, an IYHH including a Facebook community for people pretending to be ants (48:42) and your voicemails from awful talent shows (58:15).
- @dshesgreen on the Trump administration dropping a rule barring foreign students from taking online-only classes: https://bit.ly/2OK2xhB
- @travismandrews on nearly 2 million people on Facebook pretending to be ants: https://wapo.st/2WKkYXR
- @theloniusly in @Vice on white, rich people getting their COVID-19 stimulus checks money faster than people of color: https://bit.ly/2WHHCjK
Bomani and Spencer Hall discuss the most important issues that we are facing in these times. Such as, which college football coaches don’t need a headset (1:01), why the noise around Washington’s football team is reminiscent of a college football message board (6:15), what Vice President Mike Pence thinks and/or understands about Ed Orgeron and “Louisiana weird” (26:43) as well as how Tommy Tuberville’s Senate race in Alabama reflects his former strategy on the field (45:29) .
Bomani weighs in on the news that Washington’s football team will officially be changing their name (1:04), shares why the NBA’s return should be treated with the level of scrutiny of a television show (29:49) as well as why he thinks there will not be any football this fall (41:47). Plus, IYHH including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as “the villain” (52:07) and your stories of an “entanglement” (1:04:08).
- @NPRScottSimon on what lobsters and ants can teach us about social distancing: https://n.pr/2ZtjOBK
- @Cat_Zakrzewski on Facebook meeting with civil rights groups after hundreds of companies joined ad boycott: https://wapo.st/2CGqeV6
- Vintage Super Mario Video Game sells for $114k: https://bit.ly/2Ztkwio
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Bomani is Joined by Howard Bryant to discuss the effect that uncertainty and “disorder” have had on the country and corporations (2:01). Who is and is not assuming the risk in the sports leagues attempting to return to action as it relates to the future ramifications come with it? Plus, Howard dishes on his story about Bruce Maxwell, the former A’s catcher who was pushed out of MLB for kneeling during the national anthem back in 2017 (31:28) and 5-star hoops prospect Makur Maker choosing Howard over UCLA (48:30).
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Bomani addresses why “the money” was right for Washington’s football team and Cleveland’s baseball team to consider a name change (1:00), why he really hopes Cam Newton plays well with the Patriots (28:29) and why DeSean Jackson made a colossal error despite thinking he was putting us up “on game” (41:10). Plus, your voicemails from when you accidentally got caught up in a “rough” neighborhood you didn’t expect (51:57).
Bomani Jones is joined by former Heat F Chris Bosh to introduce his newsletter "The Last Chip", which shares stories and lessons behind the scenes of the "Big 3's" last NBA Championship. He and Bomani cover his initial excitement in teaming up with friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (3:20), the assimilation process to his game (9:55), the peaks and valleys of each run to the NBA Finals (21:27), why Mario Chalmers puts himself on the same level as Jordan and Kobe (41:59) and much more. You can subscribe here: https://www.thelastchip.com/.
Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth do a postgame recap of Bo's debate with Will Cain on the radio, and expand the discussion about race relations in the United States (2:30). Bo shares why he thinks Bubba Wallace deserves props in the face of people calling hoax on him, and the guys discuss the attachment people have to symbols from a past that is just plain wrong (25:51). Plus, why Tom Brady thinks he's above social distancing (50:05) and story time from the worst neighborhood the guys can recall being in (53:10).
Bomani Jones shares why NASCAR's history of antagonistic actions towards black people set the stage for the one of the biggest moments of sports history with Bubba Wallace (1:02). Which one of y'all wants to be the Ciara to his Russell Wilson? Dak Prescott just signed his franchise tender, so now Bo is trying to find him his Ciara too (31:21). Plus, Bo is encouraged by all of the players across CFB standing up for injustice after a push at Ole Miss to change the Mississippi state flag (38:01), an IYHH with AMC changing course on not requiring masks (52:10) and voicemails on a party you were gassed up for that turned out to be a dud (1:04:28).
Bomani Jones throws water on optimism regarding a potential return to the NFL for Colin Kaepernick (0:52) and shares which part of the NBA's vast rules for a return to play at Disney's Wide World of Sports bubble piqued his interest (9:35). Plus, Josh Levin of Slate stops by to discuss season 4 of the Slow Burn podcast from Slate which he is hosting, and centers around the political career of David Duke and his rise with the KKK (23:51). You can check that out here: https://slate.com/podcasts/slow-burn/s4/david-duke
Bomani Jones is perplexed as to why we are giving Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy the benefit of the doubt regarding his decision to wear an "OAN" shirt and the subsequent forced apology from player Chuba Hubbard for reacting to it (0:58). Do Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard have the credibility with their fellow players to sway opinion against playing in Orlando (29:04)? Plus, Bo's thoughts on a former Wake Forest WR being the first Black male lead in ABC's "The Bachelor" (39:01), an IYHH including virtue signaling from celebs (49:36) and your stories from kids driving you mad while quarantined (58:54).
Bomani shares why he's not about to "dap up" NASCAR after their decision to ban the confederate flag from events has been met with praise (1:17). Plus, he welcomes the legend Ahmad Rashad to talk about his football career (11:03), the reaction to his name change when he converted to Islam, his career transition to journalism and the success behind "NBA Inside Stuff" (23:34), his close relationship with Michael Jordan (32:41) and story time of hanging out with Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama, Prince, Nelson Mandela and Frank Sinatra (41:28).
Bomani Jones discusses Roger Goodell's video responding to George Floyd's murder and shares why there is an opportunity for him to repair his legacy should he choose to do it (1:16). Also, why Kirk Ferentz's lack of fame may have allowed some truly problematic issues to go under the radar at Iowa (22:06) and why nobody should have wanted to fight Bruce Lee after the 30 for 30 on his life "Be Water" has aired (38:49). To wrap things up an IYHH including Democrats wearing "Kente" cloth at Capitol Hill (47:29) and your voicemails from when someone went cheap on you like Virgil Abloh.
Bomani Jones weighs in on problematic words from Drew Brees' in an interview with Yahoo! Finance (1:15) and a misstep from Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell (20:05). He underscores how long the road is for both of them to maintain the trust of their teams. Plus, civil rights lawyer Carl E. Douglas joins the show (26:08) to discuss the country's history with policing and why George Floyd's murder has created this moment (26:23).
Bomani Joins shares his thoughts on the effect that the killing of George Floyd has had on society (1:19). This includes why he sees hypocrisy in all of the statements released by professional sports teams (20:09) as well as why he has set aside Dabo Swinney for criticism specifically regarding his public comments (34:24). Plus, an IYHH including whether or not you need to wear a mask while running (48:18) and your voicemails of the wildest lie you have ever seen like Lance Armstrong in "Lance" (58:59).
Bomani Jones welcomes his friend, FS1's Nick Wright to the show for the first time for a wide-ranging conversation. The guys discuss how much of the modern NBA post-1990 needs to be re-litigated when it comes to ranking the greatest players and competitive balance (1:03). Nick defends his LeBron James as "the greatest ever" take (22:21) and Bomani complains about group projects again (34:15). Plus, what is the tipping point for sports news coverage on social activism in light of the George Floyd tragedy (44:19).
Bomani Jones shares his thoughts on "the match", and why he can sympathize with Tom Brady as someone who is not very good at golf (2:42). Also, why he would like to see Michael Jordan compete next time, but is open to suggestions on who should join him. Plus, why Cam Newton still does not "have a job" (16:41) and what Bo found interesting about part one of "Lance" (26:04). IYHH returns, including "Karen" from Central Park (38:39) and your voicemails from when you got "run up on" like Earl Thomas (52:10).
Bomani Jones discusses the "funny money" implications of NBA owners and the possible return to action for the league, namely Tillman Fertitta in light of his recent visit to The White House (1:34). Plus, author and journalist Sam Smith joins for the final installment of The Right Time Book Club on his book "The Jordan Rules", including if he thought it would be controversial when he wrote it, the media's fascination with Michael Jordan, and Jordan's view of Horace Grant as "the snitch" when it came to the book's sourcing (13:48). All that and more!
Bomani Jones and Michael Smith share their takes on "The Last Dance" as a whole after the last two episodes have aired, including the lengths of Michael Jordan's motivation tactics, what episodes were their favorite, the challenges the doc faced with storytelling arc, Jordan's flex on the Kenny Lattimore "deep cut" and more (1:08). Plus, the guys take your voicemail questions on Jordan and the Bulls' Dynasty, such as what their favorite pair of J's are (39:20).
From The Right Time secret vault, former Princeton player, founder and CEO of the nation's largest minority run mutual fund John Rogers Jr. shares with Bomani Jones about the time he beat Michael Jordan at his "Flight School" camp in Las Vegas, which caused "his airness" to stop playing campers.
Bomani Jones weighs in on comments from Blake Snell regarding health and financial concerns with re-starting the MLB season (1:07) as well as why Tom Brady's support of the Players Coalition letter on Ahmaud Arbery's death has gone under-the-radar (13:40). Plus, 3x NBA Champion Bulls G and Executive VP/Managing Executive of Wasserman agency basketball division B.J. Armstrong joins for the fourth installment of The Right Time Book Club on Sam Smith's "The Jordan Rules", including how teammates viewed Michael Jordan's leadership style, what kind of effect Phil Jackson had on the team as well as how his POV has changed being involved on the business side of the game (25:01). All that and more!
Bomani Jones weighs in on the events and themes discussed in "The Last Dance" Episodes 7 and 8, including Scottie Pippen "quitting" on his teammates during the '94 ECF, Michael Jordan deciding to retire after the Bulls' three-peat in '93 as well as whether or not his "bad teammate" imagery really matters in the end (1:43). Plus, agent Christian Dawkins from HBO's "The Scheme" discusses his ongoing battle with the NCAA, the hidden economy around amateur athletics and much more.
Bomani Jones shares how he received the Earl Thomas-TMZ story, including whether or not it is okay to laugh at and why you don't have to get ready if you "stay ready" (1:10). Plus, NBA Hall of Famer Joe Dumars joins for the third installment of The Right Time Book Club on Sam Smith's "The Jordan Rules", including why he was Michael Jordan's "toughest defender", whether or not the reputation that the Pistons had back then mattered to him at all and when he thought the Bulls had caught them (17:34). All that and more!
Bomani Jones weighs in on the conversation around Michael Jordan's social activism or to some lack thereof as discussed in "The Last Dance" Episodes 5 and 6 (1:06). Plus, ESPN's Scoop Jackson joined to continue the discussion (17:43). They touch on whether or not Jordan was obligated to do more, how he and Chicago native Isiah Thomas connected with the city on different levels, whether or not they will ever "patch things up", and why Thomas got passed over for the 92' Olympic team.
Bomani Jones goes in on why the NCAA ruling that players can profit off of their own likeness still doesn't accomplish a victory for the players (1:42). Plus, Vinnie Goodwill joins for the second installment of The Right Time Book Club on Sam Smith's "The Jordan Rules", including why the Pistons loomed so large for the Bulls in that time period, the team was able to survive Michael Jordan's wrath to unify and Scottie Pippen's greatness remains so difficult for a Detroit guy like Vinnie to recognize (21:43). All that and more!
Bomani Jones explains Isiah Thomas as the definitive NBA divider of public opinion and the oddity of Dennis Rodman as the connective tissue between the Pistons and Bulls in the aftermath of episodes 3 and 4 of "The Last Dance" (2:16). Plus, filmmaker Brian Koppelman returns to talk "Last Dance" and "Billions" season 5, including pacifying genius like in Michael Jordan, developing affections for characters as well as the difficulty in musically scoring documentaries and films (18:56).
Bomani Jones wonders when Rob Gronkowski will have to defend his 24/7 WWE championship now that he's joined Tom Brady on the Buccaneers and shares why he feels bad for Patriots fans for a reason you might not have noticed (1:15). Plus, J.A. Adande joins for the first installment of The Right Time Book Club on Sam Smith's "The Jordan Rules", including why the 90-91 season was so pivotal for Michael Jordan's effect on the league and his will to prove doubters wrong (15:19). Could you win Michael's way? What was Phil Jackson chasing? All that and more!
Bomani Jones recaps the first set of episodes from "The Last Dance", including how the ability or lack thereof between Michael Jordan, Jerry Krause, Scottie Pippen, and Phil Jackson to coexist like "a group project in school" hits differently for each of them (1:40). Bo also touches on why people are too hard on the NFL right now for trying to put on a virtual draft (32:15). Plus, Ethan Sherwood Strauss of The Athletic stops by to discuss his book "The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty" (36:30).
Bomani Jones and Joel Anderson of Slate get together for some Texas story time (1:40) and talk the integration of college sports (12:43), how Joel would've dealt with returning to school amid COVID-19 when he was a college athlete (19:41), the ability of athletic departments to survive economic downturns (25:52) as well as rappers on IG spreading misinformation (35:59). Plus, how the time machine on tweets compares to Kyle Larson (46:20) and the NFL draft (54:11).
Bomani Jones breaks down all angles of Christian McCaffery's record-breaking new contract with the Panthers, including why it takes a "want to" from the organization and whether or not he is worth it (2:45). Dak Prescott invited Ezekiel Elliot to a party with over 30 people (19:37) and NASCAR driver Kyle Larson running his mouth on iRacing reminded Bo of when he saw Django Unchained in theaters (29:07). Plus, an IYHH including a cross-country car race (38:51) and voicemails from when you did something "extra" to get your money back (52:47).
Bomani Jones explains why he thinks college football is getting "exposed" right now with coaches like Mike Gundy and Dabo Swinney calling for a return at all costs (1:15). Plus, the caddie Michael Collins stops by (13:14). The guys discuss the "branding" of the Masters and why golf is so image conscious (22:53), how the golf calendar has been reset (40:40) and much more.
Bomani Jones shares why he thinks the "well what about" pressure being placed on leagues to re-start their seasons isn't worth it (2:09) and why he's not as happy about Mike Leach finally getting caught up for his wildin' tweets as everyone might think (21:44). Plus he dishes on a 2018 plot by then Michigan G Duncan Robinson to boycott the Final Four "open practice" (30:02), an IYHH with the passing of soul music legend Bill Withers (36:15) and your voicemails of sneaking around the house during these COVID-19 times (48:48).
Bomani Jones and comedian Roy Wood Jr. from The Daily Show laugh about homeschooling kids (11:42), comedy and producer battles on IG (15:10), the cancellation of events like Essence Festival (20:06), being deprived of sports enough to watch the "simulation football channel" (23:44), story time from HBCU (32:14), Chris Cuomo vs. Andrew Cuomo (48:07) and avoiding the ramifications of refusing rent payment to your landlord (54:19).
Bomani Jones discusses the announcement of the early release of ESPN's Michael Jordan documentary "The Last Dance" and follows it up with a special announcement for The Right Time (2:35). He weighs in on the NBA launching a 2k tournament with players only (19:04) and the viability of re-starting sports in quarantined world cup-style camps with empty arenas (27:21). Plus, an IYHH including a pit bull driving a high-speed chase vehicle (37:36) and your voicemails of what you've learned homeschooling your kids (48:05).
Bomani Jones and former show producer Shannon Penn discuss the technical competency of teachers as they give virtual instruction to elementary school children (2:30), teams not giving back to COVID-19 support in proportion with their overall net worth (18:21), how the situation affects Dak Prescott's contract negotiations (27:12) and how underappreciated Cam Newton was during his time with the Panthers (32:50).
Bomani Jones wonders how the Olympic athletes will be able to stay fit in self-isolation with Tokyo 2020 getting postponed till 2021 (2:03). What does Seth Wickersham's piece on Tom Brady choosing to leave New England reveal about where it leaves the Patriots at QB (16:57) and how does the suspension of the NBA season affect the salary cap and in turn the players' wallets (27:51)? Plus, an IYHH including D-Nice running a club on his IG (34:28) and your voicemails from your worst haircuts (46:23).
Bomani Jones and Spencer Hall of SB Nation discuss the attire of head football coaches in light of people refusing to wear work clothes remotely (7:20), if anyone is missing the NCAA Tournament TV product and why linemen dancing should replace it (22:02) as well as how much colleges didn't want to cancel their spring games (35:54). Plus, just what is Tom Brady's experience going to be like in Tampa (55:21) and what will the post-lasik Jameis be like (1:02:26)?
Bomani Jones shares why he's not necessarily a fan of this working from home situation, and you shouldn't be either despite what people say about enjoying "being alone" (1:54). Plus, Tom Brady and Cam Newton won't be returning to their respective teams (17:05) and the Texans trade DeAndre Hopkins (25:14). Plus, an IYHH with colleges shutting down amid Coronavirus (32:56) and your best voicemails on what made you "quit football" (43:17).
Bomani and Domonique Foxworth discuss the negotiations for the NFL's next collective bargaining agreement. Is a seventeenth game worth it (4:28)? Foxworth looks back on the previous negotiations and how united (or not) the players are (15:47). How does this compare to labor in the other leagues (21:17) and what impression did have of the owners he worked alongside when he was NFLPA president (32:17)? Plus, why Foxworth continues to "stan" for Ozzie Newsome (48:22) and where is Tom Brady's next destination (57:19)?
Bomani Jones weighs in on how the Coronavirus is affecting the tail end of the season for the NBA and CBB (1:54), whether or not the "Nets culture" was actually conducive to superstar talent in the aftermath of the team parting ways with coach Kenny Atkinson (22:05) as well as why there may be no winners in the NFL's CBA negotiations (31:43). Plus, an IYHH including a female komodo dragon conceiving babies without a male partner (41:44) and your stories from the lengths of avoiding the Coronavirus (52:27).
Bomani Jones shares his thoughts about the diabolical situation with the Knicks, including James Dolan, Charles Oakley, Spike Lee and more (2:21). Plus, Former NBA G Stephon Marbury stops by to discuss the new documentary about his life "A Kid from Coney Island" (18:20). They touch on how playing with his brothers nurtured his talent as a prospect, why he loves Atlanta after spending only one year at Georgia Tech (28:02), fans misunderstanding his time in Minnesota (33:35), sharing his bout with depression via social media (38:04) as well as his time in China (44:50).
Bomani Jones weighs in on LeBron's relationship or lack thereof with Zion Williamson and what it says about his ascension in the league (1:16), how he would "fix" the NFL Combine (14:03), as well as how the NFL players are addressing their possible strike against the proposed collective bargaining agreement. (22:32). Plus, an IYHH including a man in Oregon getting caught trying to buy Girl Scout cookies with fake money (33:21) and your voicemails from when you got kicked out of your crew like Flava Flav and Public Enemy (46:50).
Bomani Jones and Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report chat about Season 2 of her show "Take It There" (3:10), including her latest episodes with Chris Paul (12:09) and Kevin Durant (26:40). Taylor and Bo talk about the last time they were nervous (19:39), burner accounts vs. lurk accounts on social (32:11), dealing with fame (43:50), what's coming next for her in her career (53:01) and much more.
Bomani Jones weighs in on Deontay Wilder's loss to Tyson Fury and whether or not his excuse about the heavy pre-fight suit contributing to his TKO holds any water (3:51). Plus, Michael Jordan's display of emotion at Kobe and Gianna Bryant's celebration of life (14:35) and when hand size matters for NFL draft prospects at the QB position (25:42). Plus, an IYHH including tips for locking in cheaper airfares (33:58) and your voicemails from mixed race fight parties of years past or present (50:54).
Bomani and three-time NBA Champion Bruce Bowen discuss NBA storylines for the second half of the season. Can Houston's small-ball work in the postseason (3:02)? Which team will rise to the top in the East? Are the Bucks balanced enough (9:55) or will the leaders on the Sixers step it up (15:38)? How about the Lakers and Clippers out West (30:05)? Were the Warriors smart to pick up Andrew Wiggins (44:37)? Plus, what it was like guarding Rasheed Wallace and Vince Carter (58:43).
Bomani Jones weighs in on the most entertaining bits from All-Star Weekend, including Kyrie Irving getting elected VP of the NPAPA, the changes to the format of the All-Star Game itself and controversy in the dunk contest scoring (1:57). Bo shares why player justice won't make the Astros apologize for the sign-stealing scandal (19:48). Can you ever remember a team soft-peddling like what is happening with John Beilein and the Cavs (36:52)? Plus, an IYHH including Millennials actually saving for their retirement (46:53) and your voicemails from a great idea you had that was stolen (53:55).
Bomani Jones is joined by author Ta-Nehisi Coates to chat about how the issues presented in "Vick", the latest 30 for 30 documentary, are permeating through the culture right now. They discuss black quarterbacks in the league historically like Warren Moon and Randall Cunningham (2:24), bringing people from your childhood along with you professionally (12:06), the stigma behind dog fighting and Vick's rehabilitation (18:01), players utilizing the power they possess (35:22), code-switching (52:15) and more. Plus, what's next for him (55:29)?
Bomani Jones wonders what kind of following does the XFL need to break even despite fielding a league of "sorry" players (1:55). Why do we feel the need to speak Taysom Hill into existence as a franchise QB when you already have Teddy Bridgewater on your roster (15:53)? Dwyane Wade sets an example for all parents and Bo tells you why (29:42). Plus, an IYHH including a hydrogen-powered superyacht (39:28) and your "wrastlin" destruction voicemails (50:59).
Bomani and Howard Bryant discuss his newest book, "Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field". They dish on the inspiration for the book (1:52), Jay-Z's relationship with the NFL (7:35), why some athletes avoid their "black-ness" and how it contributes to the segregation of locker rooms (17:05). Plus, paid patriotism in the NFL (31:51) as well as what role Colin Kaepernick has to play in our culture going forward (45:38).
After being named a captain in this year's Pro Bowl, Michael Vick faced a new wave of criticism. Animal advocates and football fans alike point to Vick being sent to federal prison for his involvement in dogfighting. Between Vick's initial NFL run, his time served and his return to football following that sentence, he has a complicated story. Ahead of tonight's "30 for 30" documentary, ESPN's Bomani Jones explores the context of Vick's career, his ongoing path to redemption and what his legacy will be.
Bomani doesn't take too much pleasure in being right most times, but in the case of Jimmy Garoppolo he does (1:56). He shares why the 49ers were a "casualty of progress" and covers Jay-Z's interview in the New York Times about his involvement with the NFL as well as problematic Super Bowl commercials (15:19). Plus, the role LeBron James played Friday night as Staples Center remembered Kobe Bryant (27:22), an IYHH including fare evasion in NYC's subway system (34:09) and a midseason version of #HesStillInTheLeague (45:05).
Bomani and Vinnie Goodwill from Yahoo! Sports discuss Kobe Bryant's career after his passing (4:26). They look back on how his arc in the league compares with contemporaries Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal (22:09). Plus, the loyalty of the "Kobe-stan" (40:11), his relationship with other players in the league and much more (51:10).
In an emotional edition of the show, Bomani shares his thoughts on the loss of Lakers and basketball legend Kobe Bryant who passed away on Sunday along with his 13-year old daughter Gianna and 7 others in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles. He discusses the disbelief he felt in the aftermath of the news (1:24), why he means something different to every one of us (20:30) and how he won over his on-the-court detractors (36:18). Plus, an IYHH including a new level of security for Tinder users (50:24) and a few more of your Kobe voicemails (58:51).
Bomani shares his takeaways from Zion Williamson's debut for the Pelicans (2:13) and why he doesn't think Eli Manning is a Hall of Famer in light of his retirement from football (9:07). Plus, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports joins to discuss the Netflix documentary he executive produced "Killer Inside: The Mind of Hernandez" (14:52). Together they delve into the scope of the doc including Aaron's motive for the murder of Odin Lloyd, what role the Patriots played in monitoring Hernandez's behavior and more.
Bomani dishes on why he's stunned by Patrick Mahomes' quick ascension to the top of the AFC and quarterback play across the league (2:03), why the Niners are successful in spite of Jimmy Garoppolo and how Kyle Shanahan's success plays into the conversation about nepotism amongst NFL coaches (16:21 ). Plus, why people need to leave Bronny James alone (30:35), an IYHH including the ethical problems of 3D-printed skeletons (37:28) as well as Bo's words on how we can honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (50:07).
Bomani and Spencer Hall look back on the National Championship and examine just what a perfect storm LSU's miraculous season was (1:17). They also get into why what Clemson has accomplished is just as unique (17:29), Odell's $100 handshakes post-game (28:39), coach Ed Orgeron's ties with the Governor's office in Louisiana (37:05), the chances we'll see Bobby Petrino back in CFB (45:24) and more. Plus, why Eminem was the last person in the world to "get" the internet (1:02:02).
Bomani reacts to LSU's big win over Clemson in the National Championship, including just how far the program as well as coach Ed Orgeron have come to get here (1:24). Punishment has been handed down to the Astros for "stealing signs", Bo dishes on why "dorks" are hurting the game (16:57) as well as why Marshawn Lynch is a treasure to be celebrated (29:41). Plus, an edition of IYHH with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry "stepping away" from "Royal" life (39:09) and your voicemails from when "the game was cheating" (52:20).
Bomani and Domonique Foxworth discuss the effectiveness of the "Rooney Rule" in the aftermath of Joe Judge's hire in New York (3:38). They weigh in on why it shouldn't be up to people of color to "solve" the problem of the lack of minority head coached in the league and how that same prejudice extends to other positions on the field. Plus, they weigh in on the postseason (39:40), how lit Baltimore will be if Lamar Jackson delivers a Super Bowl (45:10) and why Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome's legacy will be everlasting (50:22).
Bomani weighs in on the hiring of Mike McCarthy by the Cowboys, including the reported night he spent over at Jerry Jones' house to seal the deal (1:57). Nobody wants to say Tom Brady is washed, but Bo will say it (14:02). Plus, enjoying the misfortune of Saints fans (26:37), the first IYHH of 2020 featuring millennials getting scammed on the internet (35:58) and your New Year's resolutions for athletes and celebs (51:03).
Bomani is joined by former The Right Time producer Shannon Penn in the last episode of 2019 to chat about his sorry Giants (1:02), the parallels between Dave Gettleman and Tom Coughlin (12:07), if Philip Rivers is done (28:25) and the Super Bowl picture in the AFC (33:52). Plus, sizing up the QB's in the College Football Playoff (42:34), the misery of the Knicks (50:05) and much more!
Bomani weighs in on the possibility that Urban Meyer may return to coaching in the NFL (0:38), controversy surrounding several cadets from College GameDay at Army-Navy (19:15) and radio host Tom Joyner's retirement as it relates to #BlackFamous (31:17). Plus, an IYHH with Kanye and Jay-Z reunited (46:09) as well as the final voicemail segment of 2019 with "why I quit football" stories (54:51).
Bomani and Mina Kimes break out the receipts on Lamar Jackson and discuss how predictable (or not) his rise has been (2:45) as well as how he compares to other QB's from that draft class in Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. Plus, how Joe Burrow fits the "Josh McCown Principle"(19:59), assessing Tom Brady's chances at making the Super Bowl this year (26:55) and whether or not Ryan Tannehill should be taken seriously (47:00).
Bomani weighs in on more accusations of spying by the Patriots and admires the dedication despite what it may mean for their legacy (0:38). He also shares why he can sympathize with Odell Beckham Jr. for wanting out of Cleveland (10:42) and why we may be about to fall off a cliff in the quality of QB play across the NFL (19:28). Plus, an IYHH with robocalls killing the art of the conversation (30:22) as well as your voicemails from the time you "caught an L" and lived to tell the tale (38:45).
Bomani dishes on comments made by 49ers radio analyst Tim Ryan about Lamar Jackson's "blackness" (0:35) and LSU QB Joe Burrow's long goodbye to the student section since "he never really sees them" in class (16:12). Plus, Fat Joe joins the show to discuss his final album before retirement (22:25). What should you expect from "Family Ties?" They also get into how he's able to change up his style to fit the times as well as his love for the Knicks (38:12).
Bomani weighs in on why there's historical precedence at Alabama for coaches being on the hotseat despite legendary success in regards to Nick Saban as well as the situation for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan (0:40). Why Josh Shaw seems to have no idea when to lie and when to tell the truth (14:27) and Bo thinks the NBA needs to switch things up if they want to boost their TV ratings (26:17). Plus, an IYHH with robot dogs (38:03) and your Thanksgiving stories (50:11).
In a collaboration between Banner Society and The Right Time, Bomani is joined by Spencer Hall of Banner Society (5:38), Marcus Spears of ESPN (29:21), Steven Godfrey also of Banner Society (52:25) and Joel Anderson of Slate (1:23:25) for the first edition of the new series "Sideline: Boosters in CFB". They discuss who boosters are and how they exercise their power, the dark side of recruiting and what you are "agreeing to" when you take money from "bag men", who "bag men" are and what their impact is on the sport's economy at-large as well as how boosters factor into the hiring/firing of coaches.
Howard Bryant shares with Bomani what his weekend in Atlanta for Colin Kaepernick's workout was like (0:30). What was the NFL's position and how did it conflict with Colin's? Howard spoke with the NFL Thursday morning to sift through the unknown (10:32). Who laid the ground work for the workout? Why haven't we heard from anybody about the quality of the workout? Plus, why questions about his T-shirt miss the point (28:27) as well as how it to connects to Howard's new book that drops in January "Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field" (43:37).
Bomani goes level-by-level on Kaepernick's workout in Atlanta, including the NFL's intentions and why we're running out of excuses as to why he can't play in the league (0:40). Why Carmelo Anthony deserves to finish with dignity in Portland (21:29) and remembering the "Malice in the Palace" 15 years after the fact (27:09). Plus, Bo wraps up our series on boosters in college football, "Sideline" with Joel Anderson of Slate (34:10). They discuss how boosters factor into the hiring/firing of coaches, the role that conference alignment plays and which schools have the "want to" when it comes to growing their program.
On Sunday, we will see one of the most anticipated match-ups of the NFL season - Deshaun Watson taking on Lamar Jackson. The last time these QBs faced off, they were in college. Watson on his way to winning a national championship with Clemson. Jackson at Louisville, about to win the Heisman Trophy. Now they are NFL MVP candidates. Domonique Foxworth joins Mina Kimes to breakdown the Sunday showdown that features two of the league's most exciting signal callers.
Author Dan Piepenbring shares how he got the job of helping Prince write his memoir "The Beautiful Ones" (1:00). Where did they begin (7:10)? He and Bomani discuss the way in which Prince wanted to address race as a theme in the book (13:54), what surprised him about writing the book (18:05), how difficult the process was (22:08), what they weren't able to get into in before his passing (26:45), their favorite Prince records (33:05), how he feels now that the book has been released (43:36) and more.
Bomani dishes on why Ed Orgeron's postgame exploits and the beat down delivered to Alabama by LSU has reignited a rivalry of legendary proportions (0:37), why the NCAA is "hustlin' backwards" with James Wiseman at Memphis (12:13) also why Bo dominating in fantasy football in spite of not caring says something (25:20). Plus, an IYHH with "weight loss" THC (33:49) as well as "DJ" Mike Hitman on his Crimson Tide, Cowboys and Celtics (43:16).
DJ Premier of Gang Starr joins Bomani to chat about his upbringing in Houston (0:30), moving to New York, meeting MC Guru and joining his group as the DJ (7:45), developing his own style as a producer (18:05), the working friendship he's developed with Dr. Dre (24:50) as well as how his sound has changed over the years (35:46). Plus, the new Gang Starr record "One of the Best Yet" (39:39) and what he's into these days musically (52:52).
Bomani dishes on the moment of no return for Lamar Jackson haters and why it cements the "year of the black quarterback" (0:36), as well as what remains suspect about Willie Taggart's firing from Florida State (16:34). Plus, Steven Godfrey of SB Nation's "Banner Society" joins Bomani for Part 3 of our series on boosters in college football called "Sideline" to chat about the "bag man" (32:28 ). They get into who these guys are, what their motivation is and what their impact is on the sport's economy at-large. Interested in the story from Steven that sparked the fire for this episode? Check it out here: https://www.bannersociety.com/2014/4/10/20703758/bag-man-paying-college-football-players
Joel Anderson of Slate joins Bomani to chat about his new project "Slow Burn" Season 3: the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. (0:29). They dish on episode one, which centers on the night that Tupac got shot five times in a New York recording studio. Also, where the rest of the series could end up and the problematic nature of that time in rap music. You can find it all here: https://slate.com/podcasts/slow-burn/s3/biggie-and-tupac. Plus, Joel's TCU beat Bo's Texas, so that needed to be addressed (41:57).
Bomani weighs in on saltiness from the Warriors with losing and Steve Kerr has it in him to coach a bad team (0:39), breaks down Anthony Davis telling LeBron to fix his hair piece and what it says about their relationship thus far (11:03) as well as John Gruden referring to Deshaun Watson's performance as "Michael Jordan-like" (24:48). Plus, an IYHH with Eminem's visit from the Secret Service (32:51) and Bo's review of "Jesus Is King" from Kanye West (42:55 ).
Vinnie Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports joins Bo as the NBA season kicks off. Who's going to win it all this year (1:06)? Vinnie was at Celtics-Sixers Wednesday night and sizes up the both of their chances (6:34). Plus, breaking down the "steeze" of Tyler Herro and the credentials of this Heat team (13:40), if Giannis can take another leap this year (21:44), if Kyrie and Durant will mesh (29:43), what the Lakers need to do to contend for the title (37:19), whether or not Russell Westbrook's "cooked" (47:23) as well as much more.
Bomani urges everyone to appreciate Zion Williamson for what he is following his surgery ahead of opening night (4:04), revels in Michael Jordan being petty about Steph Curry's Hall of Fame credentials (10:42) and calls out the Astros regarding a staffer's outburst on Roberto Osuna (22:35). Plus, Marcus Spears joins Bomani in Part 2 of "Sideline" to chat about his recruitment to and time at LSU (33:09). They get into what you are "agreeing to" when you take money from "bag men" and what the weirdest thing a booster ever asked him to do was.
Rapper Gucci Mane joins Bomani to chat about his new album "Woptober II" which drops on October 18th. They dish on what led him to the rap game (4:05), who influenced him early on (14:00), the process behind writing his autobiography (17:38), who he worked with on the new album (20:29), what he's learned from the record industry and how he can pass it on to other rappers coming up (23:34).
Bomani dishes on LeBron's comments regarding China and Daryl Morey (0:36), why the Panthers need to figure out if Cam Newton still has it before they turn the page (20:38) as well as why Baker Mayfield's "act" doesn't work when he is on the losing end (29:04). Plus, an IYHH with fish that can breathe on land (35:23) and a music AMA (43:22).
Author Bassey Ikpi joins Bomani to chat about her new book "I'm Telling The Truth But I'm Lying", which is a collection of essays about her road to diagnosis for Bipolar II. She discusses the experiences that she chronicles in the book (4:45), awareness in society of mental health issues (13:15), the reaction that she's received publicly after sharing her story (24:19), how writing about family and friends has been received (44:53) as well as her next steps (52:00).
Bomani recaps how the NBA's business relationship with China has become strained due to a tweet from Rockets GM Daryl Morey (0:42) and how Snoop Dog upset school officials with his "Midnight Madness" performance at Kansas University (19:22). Plus, Bo tips his cap to friend of the show Michael Smith on his new chapter (30:10) and Spencer Hall joins for part one of our series "Sideline" in conjunction with SB Nation's "Banner Society" about boosters in college football, including who boosters are as well as how they exercise their power (37:12).
Bulls C Wendell Carter joins Bomani to chat about getting paid like a professional (2:25), his mom speaking out about his situation at Duke (6:02), what he's looking forward to this season (8:58) and the differences between playing for Jim Boylen and Coach K (11:17). Plus, growing up in Atlanta (15:40), when he thought he had a future in the NBA (20:13), the Gucci-Wakanda fit he wore for the NBA Draft (22:13), getting settled in Chicago with his parents around (24:32) and more.
Bomani revels in the chickens finally coming home to roost for Kirk Cousins in Minnesota (0:34), wonders if Odell Beckham Jr. getting choked out by Marlon Humphrey tops the level of disrespect of "chain-snatching" (16:30) as well as if the league has finally caught up to Sean McVay and Jared Goff (26:37). Plus, flying spiders in a fresh edition IYHH (35:59) and now that the NBA is close to returning so has #StillInTheLeague (45:16).
Rapper and entertainer extraordinaire Danny Brown chats with Bomani about getting started in rap (1:25), teaching inmates how to rap during the time he spent in prison (7:45), his new single "Best Life" from the forthcoming album "uknowhatimsayin?" as well as what it was like having Q-Tip executive produce it (13:16), the trend in the rap game right now of shorter album releases (20:40) and working with different producers over the years (29:53). Plus, his inspirations growing up (37:18), his show on Viceland "Danny's House" and his interest in comedy (44:46).
Bomani throws shade at the Giants for trading away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns in the spring despite wanting rookie Daniel Jones to be successful in light of his strong first start (0:35), how Washington has turned on their miserable football franchise (13:03) and adds why he'd want out of AB's "group chat" (20:40). Plus, an IYHH with Tekashi 6ix9ine's courtroom accusations (32:12) and voicemails of when someone showed up to hoop dressed like they were 'bout that life, only to prove to NOT be 'bout that life (49:35).
Listener! Now that the Book Club on "Jim Brown: The Fierce Life of an American Hero" featuring Howard Bryant, Lonna O'Neal and author Mike Freeman has concluded, we wanted to share with those who may have missed it the collection in its entirety. Enjoy!
Bomani and Michael Felder of Stadium dive deeper into the problematic nature of Tim Tebow's First Take comments on amateurism (2:59), including the misconceptions about the physical toll of college football (9:20) and where "coaches over players" fits into the debate (16:11). Plus, the anomaly of UCF (20:38), Jalen Hurts looking good at OU (24:52), the evolution of Nick Saban (32:52), what is disappointing about Texas to him (41:46) and why you need to pay attention to Chuba Hubbard from Oklahoma State (49:56).
Bomani shares why those crying foul over the trend of NFL players requesting to be traded are off-base (0:34), the problem he has with Tim Tebow's comments that an education is "enough" compensation for college athletes (17:21) as well as why after being replaced as starter by Daniel Jones Eli Manning should just retire (35:27). Plus, an IYHH that includes comedian Shane Gillis being dropped from next season's SNL cast (41:22) as well as your voicemails of when heckling went "too far" (51:41).
Bomani and Domonique Foxworth chat about the Antonio Brown situation, including how it compares to Randy Moss' addition in New England and whether or not the "Commissioner's Exempt List" reaches its desired effect (3:14). Plus, which player on the Dolphins will "snap" first, why no amount of money should be enough to be "cool" with losing and much more (35:25).
Bomani silences claims that Antonio Brown is a victim (0:37), shares why the Dolphins' attempt to tank is "morally" wrong (16:03) as well as touches on a new bill in California that could change the game for college athletes regarding endorsement opportunities (27:30). Plus, an IYHH with an update on the Chevy Chase dog park and the inaugural event at the Chase Center in S.F. featuring Metallica (37:18) in addition to the funniest voicemails of listeners getting into fights wither their coaches/bosses a la A.B. (50:52).
Bomani and Mina Kimes discuss Ezekiel Elliott's new deal in the context of the league overall "paying running backs", including whether or not holding out is the right answer for every player seeking more money and how it connects with Andrew Luck's retirement (1:30). Plus, whether or not Jared Goff's contract is indicative of the level that he could reach among other QB's (26:24), why Kyle Shanahan needs Jimmy Garoppolo to be awesome this year (37:255) as well as the possibility Antonio Brown just "isn't good" at social media (44:25).
Bomani dishes on the calamity of trades for the Texans and Bill O'Brien, including Jadeveon Clowney going out and Laremy Tunsil coming in (0:40). CFB has returned and Bo highlights why there's more than one interesting story with Hugh Freeze at Liberty (14:50) as well as why Danil Medvedev was the "baddest" man in tennis until Bo googled him (27:00). Plus, an expanded IYHH with citizens trying to ban "barking" at a dog park near D.C. and Jay-Z's "Inspire Change" NFL apparel line (37:08) as well as your outlandish invention story voicemails in honor of LeBron and "Taco Tuesday" (50:09).
Bomani and Spencer Hall of SB Nation dish on what intrigues them about the CFB season, including Georgia Tech transitioning off of the triple option offense (1:20), just how Clemson became a national power and remains as such (6:42), what it would take for Nick Saban to be on the hotseat (22:24), the future for Urban Meyer as it relates to USC/Notre Dame (30:09) as well as much more.
Bomani dishes on why you shouldn't have an issue with Andrew Luck's decision to retire (0:40) and if Dwight Howard's second chance with the Lakers will be a success (18:14). He also has a laugh at the fiction that is the rivalry between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (29:12). Plus, in the finale of The Right Time Book Club, author Mike Freeman covers how the message of his book resonates today as well as the most interesting bit of information he came across during his research (41:23).
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Joel Anderson of Slate joins Bomani to talk about his claim that he was the "fastest 10-year old in America" in 1988 (3:30). Plus, their disdain for internet "lists" in the context of the "Top 50 Rappers" list that has set Twitter alight (8:57) as well as the NCAA's new rule change about the eligibility of agents that some are calling the "Rich Paul rule" (28:47).
Bomani shares why he feels the media is turning a blind eye to messaging of racial injustice by Champ Bailey and Ed Reed during Hall of Fame weekend (0:38), discusses the likability of Baker Mayfield and this Browns team (22:28) as well as the validity in the selections of the "all-decade team" for the 2010's by NBA.com (33:04). Plus, an IYHH with a wearable HVAC unit (39:33) and your stories of why you "quit football" (47:03).
Bomani chats with White Sox SS Tim Anderson about the grind of a baseball season (0:46), pivoting to baseball after playing basketball growing up (1:44), his passion for the game (2:50), the goals he had growing up in Tuscaloosa (6:44), playing in the minor leagues (10:10), moving to Chicago (11:52), expressing himself on the field and inspiring young kids (12:44), what can MLB do to improve marketing/branding for MLB players (21:10), how he can improve his game (23:18) as well as his response to getting suspended back in May (25:27).
Bomani explains why this is the optimal time for Ezekiel Elliott to hold out, but that he's only going to get his money if he's willing to miss games (0:46). In response to Jeremy Lin's emotional speech about hitting rock bottom, he comes to understand Lin's quest for respect within the NBA community (19:18). Plus, in Part 2 of The Right Time Book Club, Bomani and Lonnae O'Neal discuss the middle of Mike Freeman's book "Jim Brown: The Fierce Life of an American Hero", including Brown's complicated history with women (48:58).
Bomani and Domonique Foxworth of The Undefeated dish on reports of Adrian Peterson's recent financial woes (6:23), including stories of trusting financial advisors/agents as well as how much of a role the NFL Players Association should have in offering support to players across the league (11:13). Plus, Jalen Ramsey makes a scene at training camp over securing the deal he desires (22:00), why defensive players are "wired" differently (33:20) as well as whether or not it is okay to dunk on your children (43:15).
Bomani shares why he feels that it is all too convenient to forget just how good of a player Barry Bonds was when it comes time for Baseball's Hall of Fame inductions every year (0:43). In light of stars electing not to play for the US MBB team at the FIBA World Cup, he analyzes when the "thrill" in participating went away and how to fix (16:40). A story about Chris Paul trying to prevent players from going "broke" reminds him of a conversation he had with his TV producer Erik Rydholm regarding trust another with financial advice (28:24). Plus, a fresh IYHH involving the politician who might've been fired for being a "fan" of Tupac (43:48) and your voicemails of the craziest thing you've seen "heat" do (53:43).
Bomani is joined by the rapper Big K.R.I.T. to dish on his new album "K.R.I.T. iz Here" which is available now. He dishes on operating separate as an artist from a label post his split with Def Jam (0:55), building his brand independently via "Multi Alumni" (7:45), the "nitty gritty" of producing others like Bun B (19:30), letting go of creative control on his own album (29:24), his passion for old-school vinyl records (38:29), what his next move is (41:37) and more.
Bomani weighs in on the Russell Westbrook trade and recaps meeting Zion in Vegas (0:35). Plus, he dishes on whether or not it is fair to suggest "father time" is catching up with Serena Williams in wake of her loss to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final (15:32) and Baxter Holmes' story about how the specialization of child athletes is causing serious health issues (26:20). An IYHH featuring a hoverboard flying over "Bastille Day" in Paris (37:10) and inspirational voicemails from listeners dealing with blackouts cap things off (49:19).
Bomani welcomes back former The Right Time producer Shannon Penn for a therapy session about the New York Knicks (0:45), including missing out on Durant/Kyrie to the Nets and how it changes the dynamic between the two fanbases. Is it time to jump ship if you love the Knicks? Plus, how Kawhi to the Clippers alters what is possible for the landscape of the NBA (33:26) and when it makes sense to speak up about your one-time claim to fame (49:26).
Bomani makes his triumphant return from vacation to unpack everything that happened in free agency, including Kawhi Leonard having the vision to choose the Clippers and bring Paul George with him (0:41) as well as just how balanced the league is now with stars pairing up (16:40). Plus, the sentiments around the USWNT's World Cup victory (29:41), a fresh IYHH including Bo's thoughts on the "Blue Bell Licker" (45:22) and your best 4th of July weekend cookout stories (58:42).
It's that time of year again and The Right Time Book Club has returned for its second installment with Mike Freeman's "Jim Brown: The Fierce Life of an American Hero". In Part 1, Bomani and Howard Bryant discuss Jim Brown's upbringing, his years at Syracuse, meritocracy in sports, the effect of early quotas on the color barrier in the NFL and much more.
After a no-show from today's guest, Bomani decides to set the table for free agency. He discusses the hilarity in Houston's pursuit of Jimmy Butler and why the Rockets would believe he wants to play for his hometown squad (3:35). Does the Kemba vs. Kyrie debate sound like a good idea to you? Not for Bo. The backlash to Kyrie when he returns to Boston is going to be something else (17:53). Plus, how it parallels to the situation with the Lakers (35:16).
In a collaboration between The Hoop Collective and The Right Time, Bomani is joined by ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst (2:48), NBA agent Bill Duffy (18:20), NBAPA Executive Director Michele Roberts (28:01) and ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks (41:17) for the first edition of the new series "Baseline: The Supermax". They discuss what the "super team" preventing CBA provision is, who it affects, why it has been or not been successful, the value of talent, the union's role in protecting that as well as how difficult it is to construct a roster around.
Bomani is joined by Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports to expand upon his Rockets story, including whether or not Chris Paul is the only one that should be trying to leave Houston (7:26). Plus, the guys wonder who will go where in free agency (38:08) and discuss the Anthony Davis trade (49:29), but first have to talk about Vincent's "Bad Boys" t-shirt (0:55).
Bomani dives into every facet of Anthony Davis' trade from the Pelicans to the Lakers. Did Rob Pelinka not realize that the timing of the trade would mess up their salary cap situation? Are they the favorites in the west now (0:36)? Also, Bo thinks you should stop asking who "won" the trade in the context of the Pelicans (16:20). Has the new ESPN story about the Rockets' dysfunction made us forget how good they are (28:13)? Plus, in IYHH Bo and Greg Cote cover OJ's entrance to Twitter (40:00) and "DJ" Mike Hitman discusses the folly of the Celtics and more (51:47)
Bomani is joined by Marcus Thompson of The Athletic to weigh in on the emotional response in and around the Warriors to Kevin Durant's injury (3:29) as well how the city of Oakland feels about the team leaving town (22:28). Plus, they have a conversation about the difficulties behind landing a job in the front office of an NBA team if you are a person of color (45:13).
Bomani lambasts those who questioned Kevin Durant's resolve in the lead up to Game 5 of the NBA Finals where he re-injured himself shortly after starting (0:37). Will the Warriors' supporting cast be able to step up in what could be their last game at Oracle (14:34)? Plus, Bo offers his balanced take on the basketball analytics community after Jalen Rose's interview with the New Yorker (24:36) and we get a fresh dose of IYHH (43:27) as well as your best Kawhi-related tall tales (52:44).
Bomani chats with documentarian Johnny Sweet about his film "Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story". They discuss Ron's upbringing in the Queensbridge projects of NYC (4:05), his development as a high school player (6:45), his time at St. John's (8:50), the brief point he worked for Circuit City (14:30), the story behind the "Malice at the Palace" (16:40), Artest's domestic violence arrest (25:50) and how he dealt with mental health issues (28:45). Plus, the part that music played in the film (39:22) and what didn't end up making it in that he wishes would have (45:35).
Bomani Jones dishes on his trip up to Toronto for Game 2 of the NBA Finals and takes you inside the arena, as he assesses whether or not his Twitter beef with the city was warranted (0:38). Is it realistic to think Kawhi will stay (13:45)? We have new revelations from Kawhi's past at San Diego State that are hilarious (24:21) and Leonard has sued Nike over his logo (16:32). Plus, Bo marvels at Anthony Joshua's loss to Andy Ruiz (30:51), the cyborg's Jeopardy demise in IYHH (36:30) and the most extravagant lies you've heard via our voicemail line (45:46).
Bomani welcomes Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report for a wide-ranging conversation including Uber etiquette (1:19), her show "Take It There" on the BR App (9:08) and the best interviews she's done for it (19:50), how she got started in the industry (12:17) as well as how Bomani offering up how he got started (27:59). Plus, dealing with negativity on social and realizing her "celebrity" (30:13) in addition to who they think their core audience is (38:28). Do Bo and Taylor have a "type"? They tell (49:32).
Bomani Jones offers his preview of the NBA Finals, including if the Raptors have a chance against the Warriors (0:42), whether or not Drake is the new Spike Lee of the courtside game (11:28) as well as why KD should be worried that the Warriors are winning without him (14:54). Bo also takes you through his Twitter fight with the city of Toronto (17:45) and dishes on the most recent Lakers story characterizing Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka in a poor light (29:45). Plus, the city of Baltimore being held ransom by hackers in a new edition of IYHH (41:16) and voicemails from your "worst airplane experience" (51:44).
Bomani is joined by NASCAR driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. to discuss driving for Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 (:43), opening up about hard times (21:36), being the only relevant African American NASCAR driver at this time (30:00), his appreciation for heavy metal and playing the drums (40:23) and much more.
Bomani starts off by offering a full recap of the Magic Johnson experience on First Take, (:43) then discusses the New Orleans Pelicans getting the first pick in the draft lottery & how Zion seems to feel about it, (19:49) and a look back at the '94 Bulls-Knicks semifinal playoff series & how that would play out today on Twitter (28:37). Plus, a fresh dose of IYHH (40:55) and your Voicemails about the time you got "backstabbed" at work.
Bomani welcomes Houston native and rapper Bun B to the show to chat about Houston sports (0:47), including the Rockets' tough loss to the Warriors. They discuss their friendship and how he's responded to a recent home invasion (7:20). Plus, they delve into his career musically, including UGK and beyond (12:30). Does he have anything left that he'd like to do in the game after playing in some of the biggest arenas with the biggest acts in the world? Also what it's like to be a grandfather now (42:54).
Bomani piles on Joel Embiid's tears following a tough Game 7 loss to the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semis (0:43) and calls out the Lakers for wasting LeBron's remaining years on behalf of the media and the rest of the league (20:09). Plus, his thoughts on the Wu-Tang documentary from Showtime (31:29) as well as a fresh dose of IYHH (50:00) and your own personal "catfish" voicemails in light of Bo's experience from last week (58:52).
Bomani welcomes Mina Kimes back for a special combo edition of The Right Time and The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny to dish on her Zion Williamson piece (0:57), including why he didn't play football (9:10). Plus, the complicating factors of how the NFL should handle Tyreek Hill (19:42) as well as Richard Sherman's comments on Nick Bosa's tweets (39:10). Mina and Bo take questions from her mailbag (51:17) and her dog Lenny asks Bo whether or not he gets paid to tweet (57:45).
Bomani dishes on the Warriors struggling with the physicality of the Rockets. Are their hearts just not in it anymore (0:43)? Plus, is this the last of Kyrie in Boston (16:13) and why the media should be a little ashamed of their NCAA trial coverage (28:49). The potential removal of "likes" from Instagram and more in IYHH (36:51) as well as voicemails of when you "tried to show out and it didn't work out" like Steph's famous rim check (50:27).
Bomani welcomes former The Right Time producer and resident Giants fan Shannon Penn back to the program to recap of the issues with the franchise, including Odell, Eli, Landon Collins and Daniel Jones (2:08). Plus, excitement for the Knicks this upcoming offseason and how that plays into Kevin Durant's performance for the Warriors in the playoffs (26:47) as well as the ramifications of the Panthers drafting Will Grier (44:59) and much more.
Bomani offers why he doesn't appreciate what the Rockets are about and how it is distracting from Kevin Durant's greatness (0:33), why he is impressed with Joel Embiid's ability to endure "itchy booty" against the Raptors (17:34) as well as why Josh Rosen got the better end of the deal ending up in Miami (28:41). Plus, a whale spy in the return of IYHH (37:07) and Bo's thoughts on the passing of filmmaker John Singleton (47:36).
Bomani welcomes rapper and L.A. native ScHoolboy Q to the show to discuss his new album that drops this week "CrasH Talk" (3:41), the passing of his friend and iconic local rapper Nipsey Hussle (9:00), the problematic nature of tribute records and social media stunting when someone passes away (11:49) as well as how fans factor into the purpose behind his music (16:30). Plus, how playing JUCO football (23:16) factored into when he got started rapping (29:14) as well as his friendship with the late Mac Miller (35:06).
Bomani shares his thoughts on the criticisms of Russell Westbrook and his future with the Thunder (0:41), the problematic annual character "tear down" of a prospect ahead of the NFL draft as exemplified by Ed Oliver (17:41) and the cyborg who may never lose at Jeopardy (28:18). Plus, ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks joins Bo for the finale of our educational series "Baseline: The Supermax", to weigh in on the difficulties of building a team around the contract, including managing relationships, adding players on minimum contracts and paying the luxury tax (36:47). Plus, pitting two friends against one another in a hilarious edition of "UnblockmeBo" (54:52).
Bomani welcomes ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen to weigh in on all of the foolishness from the NBA Playoffs, including Kevin Durant-Patrick Beverley (0:59), Russell Westbrook-Damian Lillard (17:20) and Joel Embiid-everybody among other Sixers topics (24:00). Plus, he discusses saltiness with players he defended in his career (11:14), issues with the Lakers (35:28), how the competitiveness of the Clippers affects their summer plans (40:55) and more.
Bomani shares his thoughts on Tiger Woods "transcending greatness" after his win at the Masters over the weekend (0:38), Russell Wilson's "code-switching" in his new contract announcement on social media with Ciara (22:14) and Nick Bosa trying to cover up his Twitter history in view of getting drafted by the 49ers (32:49). Plus, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts joins Bo for part three of "Baseline: The Supermax", including her office's relationship with the league, their response to the NBA's "cap smoothing" request in the CBA as well as the union's role in providing security for players of star quality and more (41:13).
Zach Lowe, Ryen Russillo, Brian Windhorst and Bomani Jones each take you through their playoff previews. Zach thinks Rockets-Jazz is going to be the most interesting first-round series. Russillo and Bomani talk about Warriors playoff fatigue, who can beat them in the west and more. Plus, Brian Windhorst and the Hoop Collective discuss Denver-San Antonio, OKC-Portland and many other playoff matchups.
The Right Time comes a day early, because, MAGIC. Bomani welcomes former comedy colleagues Roy Wood Jr. of Comedy Central and ESPN golf analyst Michael Collins to talk about Johnson's shock resignation as president of the Lakers (1:58), Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wades' final games before retirement (14:44) as well as this weekend's Masters tournament from Augusta National (22:25). Plus, Roy and Bo on which players do and don't deserve farewell tours in the NBA (39:55).
Bomani discusses the lack of elite talent in Monday's CBB National Championship (0:38), Jazz F Kyle Korver's piece in "The Players' Tribune" on white privilege and fan controversy in Utah (16:35) as well as a fascinating new NBA players' poll from "The Athletic" (29:23). Plus, NBA agent Bill Duffy joins Bo for the second edition of our new series "Baseline: The Supermax", including whether or not the players are earning what they should be (41:14) and thoughts on "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X in IYHH (52:33).
Bomani welcomes New Orleans native and rapper Juvenile to The Right Time. They discuss whether or not he's recovered from the Saints' loss in the NFC Championship (1:11), his favorite thing about New Orleans (2:37), his new project "Just Another Gangsta" with Birdman (4:55) and historic works of his (11:43) including "back that a** up" (19:14). Plus, the most surprising celebrity fans of his (24:15), what he grew up listening to (32:40) and what's to come in the future for him (40:40).
Bomani discusses Zion's exit from the NCAA Tournament (4:33), John Calipari finessing Kentucky for a lifetime contract (13:24) and what playoff scenarios would be ideal for "messiness" (22:24). Plus, ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst joins Bo for the first edition of our new series "Baseline: The Supermax", including what the supposed 'super team-preventing' collective bargaining agreement provision is, who is eligible for it and why the NBA's course has been altered by its unintended consequences (34:02).
Bomani is joined by G League President and former NBA forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim to discuss how he got involved in business (1:05), how much different the G League is from the NBA in operations and philosophy (11:13), the introduction of the "pro path" player development alternative to the NCAA (18:10) and growing their audience (25:17) which includes Bo's unsolicited advice for Shareef on a G League TV show. Plus, his being a part of the "greatest draft" in league history (32:51) and how his experience as a player shaped him (41:23).
Bomani shares everything you need to know about Michael Avenatti trying to "shake down" Nike (1:40), dishes on the hypocrisy around Tom Izzo's chastising of a player mid-game (16:28) as well as Lonzo Ball's controversy with BBB (27:10). Plus, an IYHH including Dr. Dre celebrating his daughter getting into USC (33:39) and Bo's thoughts on the Elizabeth Holmes documentary "The Inventor" (47:26).
Bomani is joined by Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports to survey the NBA landscape, including how close we are to the next "Malice in the Palace" (3:14), how a poor LeBron-Lakers' season has affected the rest of the teams in the Western Conference (23:58) as well as who is going to win the East (36:07). Plus, the guys talk life in NYC, such as the craziest thing they've ever seen on a subway train (48:26).
Bomani shares why he thinks the NCAA Tournament has become a "worse product" over the years (0:35), dishes on Doc Rivers potentially coaching the Lakers next season (17:19) and adds a new word to your dictionary (Gettleman-ed) in light of the Giants fans' misery (29:07). Plus, a fresh dose of IYHH (42:59) and an #unblockmebo where history is made (55:02).
Bomani welcomes the co-creator of Showtime's "Billions" Brian Koppelman back to the show ahead of the premiere of Season 4 on Sunday 3/17. They discuss how he's humanized the billionaire class, the range of casting in the show (15:39), how much he's enjoyed working on it (33:02) and whether or not either of them would change if they became "billionaires" (41:51).
Bomani shares his thoughts on Russell Westbrook's altercation with a fan in Utah (0:34), Antonio Brown forcing his way to the Raiders (20:00) and how Duke has been able to change their "reputation" over the years (29:50). Plus, an IYHH to remember (43:47) and your stories of what you did when you got your first big check in light of NFL free agency (52:23).
Bomani is joined by 2 Chainz to discuss the concept behind his recently released album "Rap or Go to the League". They cover his career path, including his self-belief (3:05), his sports background (5:20), LeBron James' A&R credit on the album (9:34), the reach and influence of his music (14:02), if there's anybody left that he would like to collaborate with (17:14), how he pulled off his re-brand (22:26) and more.
Bomani Jones assesses the downward spiral of the Lakers (:30) and Celtics (17:12) as well as shares his thoughts on the conversation around HBO's Michael Jackson documentary "Leaving Neverland" (28:13). Plus, a fresh dose of IYHH including some big changes that could be coming to Time Warner properties like TNT/HBO (42:25) and your AMA's that uncover a rare pair of shoes Bo's been eying (54:44).
Bomani is joined by Howard Bryant to discuss the polarizing subjects of Robert Kraft (0:35) and Colin Kaepernick (21:18). Is the public really aware of how serious the allegations made against Kraft are? Now that the dust has settled, they offer conclusions on Kaep's settlement and the credit Nike has incorrectly been given as it relates to him. Plus, how does the "love for the game" argument relate to MLB and NBA labor disagreements (45:08)?
Bomani dishes on the highly concerning charges against Robert Kraft (0:40), why the people telling Zion Williamson he should sit out the rest of the season are wrong (17:22) and why the Ole Miss Anthem demonstration should be treated as a bigger story for different reasons (27:33). Plus, a fresh dose of IYHH (38:57) and your voicemails from a time the crowd turned on the performer at an event you attended (49:07).
Bomani is joined by ESPN NBA analyst Bruce Bowen to reflect on things post-deadline from the player's perspective, including dealing with trade rumors on a personal level (14:02) and what it is like to see your "role" on a team change for the worse (33:00). Plus, you know we had to hear his thoughts on Kawhi (1:16) as well as the Lakers' chances at making the playoffs (44:40)!
Bomani dishes on the Lakers' and President of Basketball Ops Magic Johnson's warpath to acquire a star, which includes Anthony Davis and potentially Ben Simmons (0:34) as well why the Celtics (who should be elated) are not taking advantage of the situation (20:11). Plus, people seem to be enjoying the new bootleg football League "AAF" (31:23), we get a fresh edition of IYHH (38:24) and your what caused you to "quit" your home team voicemails (45:56).
Bomani is joined by the CEO of Glitch Anil Dash to talk tech. They discuss how his South Asian heritage has shaped his identity growing up the United States (2:02), the ethical issues plaguing companies like Google and Facebook (11:01) as well as the animosity on social media platforms like Twitter (27:44). Plus, he shares the wild story of his online friendship with Prince (55:12).
Bomani shares his thoughts on the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII victory over the Rams, including the relationship between McVay-Goff and the diabolical brain of Bill Belichick (0:37) as well as his experience down in Atlanta amongst the people (14:48). Plus, the Anthony Davis-Lakers poker game is heating up (34:18), we get a fresh edition of IYHH (44:24) and your worst experience at a sporting event voicemails (56:59).
Bomani welcomes Michael Smith back to the show to discuss their high-school athletic careers (0:32), their former fandom for the Saints and Falcons (13:29) as well as the effect that the winter "squall" is having on Bomani's enjoyment of living in NYC (32:35). They were supposed to talk Super Bowl, but ended up talking about Kung-Fu and Canada Goose jackets, that should tell you everything you need to know.
Bomani shares his thoughts on Anthony Davis' request to be traded from the Pelicans (0:36), including why LeBron can't be blamed for exerting the influence that we praise him for (22:37) as well as what it says about the league that it overshadowed Super Bowl media night (33:09). Plus, a fresh IYHH with sympathies for robots (42:48) and DJ Mike Hitman takes your calls on the most aggravating fanbases (56:19).
Bomani welcomes comedian Roy Wood Jr. to the show to discuss the demographics of crowds at different sporting events (1:02) and his Comedy Central special coming this weekend "No One Loves You" (19:32), including knowing when to "separate the art from the artist" (27:31), what celebrities can and can't "send for you" (38:08) as well as the difficulties of landing sensitive jokes in the modern climate (50:04).
Bomani Jones gloats over the Saints for not making it to the Super Bowl, including addressing the backlash he's received for a successful narrative in the lead up to the game (1:53). Plus, the Patriots return to the Super Bowl (22:21), Boogie Cousins returns to the Warriors (34:44), a fresh IYHH with Fyre Festival doc reactions (42:30) and some thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (58:42).
Bomani is joined by Mina Kimes to discuss the Conference Championships coming this weekend in the NFL Playoffs, including the comical "underdog" story of the Patriots (6:25). Bo makes his final plea for the Rams to spare us a Super Bowl in Atlanta with the Saints representing the NFC (26:29) and they close with a nuanced conversation about problematic names that you just don't hear anymore (52:03).
Bomani shares his thoughts on the cultural explosion that was Clemson's swift visit to The White House post-National Championship victory (0:38), Kyler Murray's decision between football and baseball (23:30) as well as why Marcus Peters is the only person who can save Atlanta from Saints fans (34:15). Plus, IYHH (41:25) and a midseason edition of #StillInTheLeague NBA (54:57).
Bomani and Domonique Foxworth of The Undefeated dish on "the tipping point" for restaurants, brands and neighborhoods with people of color and how it relates to dress code rules for keeping people out of clubs (4:47). Plus, the latest trend of hiring young white NFL head coaches and what remains problematic about it (16:56) as well as whether or not Clemson's Trevor Lawrence could make the jump to the NFL at age 19 (47:05).
Bomani reacts to the tsunami that was Clemson in their CFP National Championship victory over Alabama (0:36), the cruelty towards Cody Parkey after missing a kick to send the Bears to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs over the Eagles (20:55) and Enes Kanter's decision not to accompany the Knicks to their game against the Wizards in London (30:38). Plus, thoughts on "Surviving R. Kelly" in IYHH (40:29) and your New Year's Resolutions for celebs (57:34).
Bomani is joined by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to discuss his excitement with this season (0:31), including parity in the league structure and the effect of CBA changes (2:42), the possibility of a minimum age change in the near future (12:55) as well as his "dap" handshake skills with players when he greets them at the draft or at ring ceremonies (18:41). Plus, to put a bow on 2018, LeBron's pull on Anthony Davis looms next year, how will this end (38:30)?
Bomani Jones cracks up about Ian O'Connor's revealing story on Knicks owner James Dolan (0:38) as well as the on-then-off-then-on again Trevor Ariza trade from the weekend (22:07). Plus, his thoughts on the new normal of college football players skipping bowl games (30:32), a new IYHH (38:09) and Jody Avirgan of 30 for 30 podcasts discusses their new season of shows (51:12).
Bomani chats with The Undefeated' s Domonique Foxworth about a wide range of NFL topics including Patrick Mahomes (40:15), the Bills & Josh Allen and question what "fitting into an offensive system" really means. Plus, Domonique recalls covering Randy Moss (20:00).
Bomani shares his thoughts on why we need to appreciate the "fun-ness" that is Patrick Mahomes (0:36), the friendship that changed the face of the NBA in LeBron-Wade (16:54) as well as the controversy engulfing the Chicago Bulls (26:55). Plus, a fresh round of IYHH (44:36) and we share the results of The Right Time show survey (55:32).
Bo is joined by friend of the show Spencer Hall of SB Nation. They share their thoughts on Mike Judge's "Tales From the Tour Bus" (0:54), including which NBA or CFB stories should have their own cartoon animation (12:50) like Kliff Kingsbury going to USC (28:57). Plus, the Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State and what kind of an effect it may have on Jim Harbaugh's future at Michigan (42:04).
Bomani offers his take on Kareem Hunt being released from the Chiefs after video evidence of domestic violence is released, Kobe opening a sports academy ( 40:03), questions if anyone still cares about the Heisman (25:00) and more. Plus, "If You Haven't Heard" and your Voicemails.
Bomani is joined by 2x NBA champion with the Warriors and COO of the brand new "Historic Basketball League" David West. He delves into the plan for the league (1:39), including the current issues he sees with the development of players from college to the NBA (7:05). Plus, he dishes on his own background (36:20) and the last stops of his career in San Antonio (43:57) and Golden State (48:50).
Bomani breaks down the awkwardness between Browns QB Baker Mayfield and former HC Hue Jackson (0:35) as well as who really won in the LSU-Texas A&M postgame brawl (15:42). Plus, Reuben Foster gets cut from the 49ers after another arrest (25:36), a fresh edition of IYHH (38:00) and an eye-opening music AMA with Bo (49:39).
Bomani weighs in on the offensive explosion that was last night's MNF victory for the Rams over the Chiefs (0:58), the negative backlash to Condoleezza Rice being linked with the Browns' head coaching job (21:51) and just how deep the dysfunction for the Wizards runs (32:22). Plus, IYHH (45:11) and your best thanksgiving craziness stories (54:58).
Bomani welcomes former Spurs F Bruce Bowen to the show to weigh in on the beef between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant as well as what the Warriors need to do to get right and continue on their dominant path (1:40). Plus, if the Sixers will experience growing pains in trying to integrate Jimmy Butler (28:39) and if "game recognizes game" when it comes to flopping (39:55).
Bomani discusses the implications of Jimmy Butler's arrival in Philadelphia (0:38) as well as Carmelo Anthony's impending departure in Houston (16:43). Plus, saying goodbye to the "Peter Man" (28:21), more of your Pros vs. Joes stories (36:55) and looking back on "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" and "Midnight Marauders" at their 25-year anniversaries (46:15).
Bomani is joined by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports to discuss college hoops and amateurism now that the season has tipped off. They discuss the NCAA trial and why fans don't seem to care about it anymore (0:38), if the reaction to it by the media would have been different years ago (16:03) and whether or not players like Zion Williamson benefit from spending a year in school to boost their brand before heading to the NBA (34:17).
Bomani Jones dishes on the blame game for the Lakers and if Luke Walton is long for the job (0:37), how Bill Belichick not wearing "salute to service" gear became a story (17:18) as well as why TD celebrations becoming choreographed raises serious questions (29:14). Plus, IYHH (43:14) and listener stories of playing future pros and "taking an L" (52:34). They DO NOT disappoint!
Bomani is joined by new ESPN NBA contributor Stan Van Gundy! They discuss a variety of NBA topics, such as the Lakers and their defensive apathy (2:00), the Rockets and their struggle to get Carmelo Anthony integrated (17:58), the Sixers and the year-to-year improvement of their young stars (39:43) and more.
Bomani Jones shares his thoughts on the craziest developments from the weekend, including the Browns cleaning house (0:40), Jameis Winston getting benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick again (17:55) as well as Ty Lue getting fired by the Cavaliers (33:02). Plus, IYHH (39:12) and listener stories of when a celebrity tried to "swoop your girl"(52:21).
Bomani is joined by NBA writer at Yahoo! Sports Vincent Goodwill to bounce around the Association. They discuss how well the pieces fit together with LeBron on the Lakers (2:35), dissect the top of the Eastern Conference (22:48) and break down where the Warriors stand in the historical context of all-time great teams (42:30) with a whole lot else along the way.
Bomani Jones shares his thoughts on the pre-game altercation between Eric Reid and Malcolm Jenkins (0:37) and the Lakers-Rockets fight (17:42). Plus, what the reactions to the fight say about where the league is at today (28:19). Also, IYHH (41:58) and another edition of "Unblock Me Bo!"(51:47).
Bomani is joined by Mina Kimes to talk all things NFL, including the Bills' decision to start Derek Anderson with Josh Allen out via injury (8:47), if defenses getting continuously torched by offenses across the league is the new normal (31:50) and whether or not the Chargers will ever make waves out in Los Angeles (55:01).
Listener! Now that the Book Club on Friday Night Lights featuring Domonique Foxworth, Pablo Torre, Howard Bryant and author Buzz Bissinger has concluded, we wanted to share with those who may have missed it the collection in its entirety. Enjoy!
Bomani is joined by friend of the show Michael Felder of Stadium to dish on the Jimmy Butler situation and infighting amongst teammates across sports (3:22), which team could get left out of the College Football Playoff (17:37) as well as if the dream of Texas being "back" has actually come true (44:44).
Bomani shares his thoughts on the McGregor-Khabib post-fight fiasco in the UFC (0:37), Odell Beckham Jr.'s harsh but true words in an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson (18:47) and his Texas Longhorns besting Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry (34:45). Plus, a fresh edition of IYHH (39:10) and a voicemail AMA with the listeners of the show (50:57).