The Best Bill Simmons Podcast Guests

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Bill Simmons Podcast Guests
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The Bill Simmons Podcast is one of the leading sports podcasts in the world, run by Bill Simmons of HBO, currently CEO at The Ringer, and formerly of ESPN and Grantland. This list ranks the best Bill Simmons Podcast guests from best to worst, and includes an array of characters who have dropped in to give their two cents.

Guests on the Bill Simmons Podcast include anyone and everyone from the sports, entertainment, tech, and music world. Notable guests include Kevin Durant, Gucci Mane, Bob Costas, Will Ferrell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlize Theron, Jimmy Iovine, Charles Barkley, Jimmy Kimmel, and so many more.

You can listen to all episodes of the Bill Simmons podcast on The Ringer, on SoundCloud, on YouTube, or wherever else you choose to get your podcast on. After you are finished voting up the best Bill Simmons Podcast guests, go ahead and vote on the best Joe Rogan podcast guests as well!

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  • Sal Iacono
    147 votes
    Sal Iacono (born July 5, 1971), also known as Cousin Sal, is an American attorney, comedian, writer, and game show host. He is known for his roles on The Man Show and the late night television show Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He is Jimmy Kimmel's cousin, hence his nickname Cousin Sal.
  • Zach Lowe
    121 votes

    Zach Lowe

    Zach Lowe is a sports writer and a columnist.
  • Joe House
    151 votes

    Joe House

  • Ryen Russillo
    183 votes
    Ryen Russillo (born August 5, 1975) is an American sports journalist and American sports host who for many years hosted a popular radio show on ESPN.From 2009–2017, Russillo had been a host or co-host of the afternoon show on ESPN Radio. From 2009 until 2015, Russillo co-hosted with Scott Van Pelt on what was originally titled The Scott Van Pelt Show and later became SVP & Russillo. The show was also briefly known as The Russillo Show following Van Pelt's departure but before Kanell joined. During the time that Danny Kanell was with the show, from 2015–2017, it was known as Russillo and Kanell. Since departing ESPN radio, he has continued working with ESPN producing a podcast and appearing on TV. He also produces an NFL and college football podcast and contributes NBA content for Bill Simmons' The Ringer website.
  • Charles John Klosterman is an American author and essayist whose work focuses on American popular culture. He has been a columnist for Esquire and and wrote "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine. Klosterman is the author of ten books, including two novels and the essay collection Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto. He was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor award for music criticism in 2002.
  • Steve Kerr
    103 votes
    Stephen Douglas Kerr (born September 27, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA champion, having won five titles as a player (three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs) as well as three with the Warriors as a head coach. Kerr has the highest career three-point percentage (45.4%) in NBA history for any player with at least 250 three-pointers made. He also held the NBA record for highest three-point percentage in a season at 52.4% until the record was broken by Kyle Korver in 2010. On June 2, 2007, the Phoenix Suns named Kerr the team's president of basketball operations and general manager. Kerr helped managing partner Robert Sarver buy the Suns in 2004 and became one of Sarver's trusted basketball advisors. Kerr announced his retirement from the Suns in June 2010. Afterwards, Kerr returned as a color commentator for NBA on TNT until 2014, when he pursued a career in coaching. On May 14, 2014, the Golden State Warriors named Kerr the team's head coach. On April 4, 2015, with a win over the Dallas Mavericks, Kerr broke the NBA record for the most regular-season wins for a rookie coach. The Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals, making Kerr the first rookie coach to win a championship since Pat Riley in the 1982 NBA Finals. On April 13, 2016, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season, breaking a record previously held by Kerr's 1995–96 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors returned to the Finals for four straight years, losing in 2016, winning again in 2017 and 2018, and losing in 2019.