A lot of us are spending a lot more time indoors, and a lot more time by ourselves. For those of us who have a passion for sport, or a sport, in particular, not catching games or even being able to play can be pretty frustrating. As such, more guys have been tuning into sports podcasts than ever. If you’re looking for something to put your ear to and you’re a lover of basketball, here are five shows that you don’t want to miss and why.
Hearing from one of the greats
If you’re a basketball fan, you’re likely used to the voices of Bill Simmons and his ESPN partner Ryen Russillo. While the Bill Simmons Podcast does not exclusively cover basketball, it does offer plenty of the razor-sharp analysis and encyclopedic knowledge of the game we’ll all come to expect from the pair.
In their own words
If you want a direct look back at one of the most magical periods of time in basketball, then a new series worth checking out is The Dream Team Tapes with Jack McCallum. As the name suggests, it covers the real story of the 1992 Dream Team and features, aside from a long narrative narration, interviews with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and more.
The basketball history crash course
While hearing from those involved in the game lends a perspective that we don’t get, too often, you also have to respect those who have been chronicling the sport for years. Two such basketball journalists and historians are Alex Wong and Russ Bengtson of The Last Dance Podcast. From the NBA to sneakers and basketball’s wider implications through popular culture, they pour over the history of basketball with a very close lens indeed.
A pure shot of basketball coverage
If you’re looking for someone to talk purely about the game, the stats, the results, and nothing but analytics, then the Dunc’d On podcast by Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux might be the fix you need. Five times a week, there’s over an hour of pure analysis, with none of the emotionality that fans of the sport might get caught up in. Sometimes you want to get away from the narrative and into the facts and this is the perfect place to do it.
The basketball current events
If you’re looking for something more general, covering all of the latest from the sport, then The Lowe Post might be where you want to head. Lowe is undeniably one of the greatest basketball journalists in the game, and his gift for writing translates very well into the podcast environment. Add to that an ever-updating roster of industry guests and fellow reporters and you have a perfect storm.
Sure, podcasts may be no replacement for the sport itself but they tend to lend a different lens and insight to basketball that you don’t see even on commentary or documentary. Get listening to the shows listed above and you might just have a new favorite way to engage with the sport.