Interview: Bill Simmons, ESPN's 'The Sports Guy'/Author of The Book of Basketball
Bill Simmons is simply known by many as "The Sports Guy." But anyone who's ever read his columns on ESPN.com or heard an episode of his podcast, The B.S. Report, knows his interests extend far beyond the field. A Simmons column will take you from Kobe Bryant to Karate Kid, theories about Knicks' centers to jokes about late-night Cinemax starlets, Mike Dunleavy to Las Vegas travel tips.Bill's ability to be more than just a sports guy earned him a job as a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live, causing him to leave Boston for Los Angeles in 2002. While he no longer works for the show, Simmons stayed here in LA. He's currently the executive producer of the highly-praised ESPN documentary series 30 For 30.
Previously known as "The Boston Sports Guy" for his column that he began in 1997 on the now defunct Digital City Boston (what Bill has described as "AOL's Digital Newspaper"), Simmons loves the NBA. He loves the NBA so much, he's written a 700 page book dedicated to it, The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy, which hit shelves today.
The man who was recently called "probably the most popular sports columnist in the country" by Huffington Post took some time to talk to LAist. Bill talked to us about meeting long time nemesis Isaiah Thomas at a topless pool in Vegas, his writing style, sports blogs, dropping F-bombs in his book and meeting readers on his book tour which hits ESPN Zone at LA on November 9th.