Aggregated reviews for The Ringer NBA Show

A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

fav podcast!!!! (5/5)

Love the group chat and the music for it is something I look forward to each week. And definitely love the variety of teams and players discussed !!!! The different hosts is really refreshing! I also love the mismatch new music! ( don’t love the music for heat check ) They should definitely talk more about minor teams like the Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Pelicans, and I would really like more rookie updates.

NBA (4/5)

Overall, some solid shows. Lowlights include Chris Vernon and his wild hoarse voice takes and Chris Ryan with his nonsense. KOC is cool though.

Time to find another NBA podcast (1/5)

Hailey - Toxic masculinity is every where Wildly insane comment

Honestly just an excellent podcast (5/5)

Smartest commentators on ball that I’ve found, funny, breezy podcast, that I never miss an episode of! Don’t normally give reviews but I love these guys.

The worst (2/5)

I tried to like it I really did. I like Chris Vernon’s folksy perspective on the NBA but it’s always paired with KOC’s irritating pseudo-analytics. When they parrot his “Blow it up” take, it makes me cringe that he takes it as a point of pride when really I swear they’re just making fun of him. He’s almost as bad as Tsarks, who has literally the most punch-me-in-the-face voice in all of podcasting. He’s a smart dude tho, just can’t handle that tsnarky voice that sounds like David Spade caricaturing himself. And I realized if I spend all my time just avoiding these two dudes when updates come on my feed, then maybe it’s just not worth it. There’s just so many other basketball podcasts around that don’t have these two, so I’ll just stick to those, except the Woj cast which would actually be the worst—but at least he has good guests on. Hey Ringer maybe you should get guests or something, might help.

Good (5/5)

Love the podcast

favorite NBA listen (5/5)

New show schedule is great. KOC and Vernon are the best pairing

Unbearable (1/5)

Unsubscribed due to insufferable homerism and blatantly uninformed opinions. It’s evident that the ringer nba show staff doesn’t watch most teams and makes their opinions based on box scores. None of the contributors bring anything insightful to the show, instead they rely on recycled takes from reddit. Johnathon Tjarks and Kevin O’Conner watch basketball but the rest of the people are unqualified. Save yourself some time and listen to Zach Lowe or watch a real game.

The Mismatch is the Best (4/5)

Great daily NBA content. Love that there is a variety of opinions and hosts who cycle in and out so that it is not always the same perspective. KOC and Vernon are the best. Both so knowledgeable and passionate. Would give the show 5 stars were it not for Justin Verrier, who consistently seems to show a lack of real passion for the NBA. So many instances of him complaining about “having” to watch a game or player, as well as not knowing a player’s name or the team he plays on. Not everyone needs to know the 11th man on any given team’s bench, but if you host a major weekly show dedicated to the NBA, you should be the one to know. Get rid of Justin Verrier please. I’m tired of hearing “I only lasted two minutes trying to watch this game” or “I don’t even know who that is”

Forget Tyler (4/5)

Love all the content from this feed except when Tyler Tynes comes on and behaves like a 12 year old in a 2k chat room.

Are we sure Tyler Tines isn’t racist? (1/5)

Because he makes a lot of low key racist comments about white people.

Please End Sources Say & Heat Check (2/5)

No offense, but the best content on this show is KOC & Verno. The other shows are too gimmicky and are cheesy as all get out. So many other NBA podcasts I’d rather listen to, than Heat Check and Sources Say.

Love Mismatch (4/5)

Love mismatch. Verno and KOC are great together. really can’t stomach the other pods though. If this was a review for mismatch only it’d be 5 stars

Tyler Tynes is trash (4/5)

You know who’s “act wore thin super quick”? Tyler Tynes. I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to be more annoying or less funny on a podcast than Matthew Berry, but boy was I wrong. The first time I heard Tynes on a podcast I thought he was doing a bit, but now I realize he isn’t making a joke, he is the joke! His takes are trash, his cocky attitude is trash, and listening to his colleagues force out laughs because they’re too nice to let Tynes crash and burn right in front of them is one of the most cringe-worthy moments in audio history. Tynes seems like a nightmare to work with and has to be the single worst hire The Ringer has made in it’s brief existence. Let’s be clear - I love this podcast and everyone on it, except for Tynes. Please for the love of god NEVER allow him on any Ringer podcast again. I considered giving 1 star but I love Gonz, Haley and Dan too much. I’m not the only one who feels this way so please listen to your fans and keep Tynes from infecting what is otherwise a great podcast.

Get Tyler Tines Out (1/5)

Tyler Tines is grossly racist and unfunny. He tries to pass it off a braggadocious charm. Apparently he’s the token black guy on the pod and no one knows how to tell him he’s over the line? I was so glad he was on hiatus. This is the last time I will listen/download any pod he’s on. For the record, I mostly only listen to Verno & KOC anyways, they carry this program.

Drop Tyler (4/5)

Listening to that Tyler guy makes me wanna kill my self.... only episodes I skip

Tyler Tines (1/5)

This review is mainly to let you guys know to get Tyler tines off the pod. Just a waste of time not informative. Not entertaining at all. At least the other writers balance there personality with their actual talents. But the bit today on heat check was atrocious. Take more lessons from Vernon and keep it real.

Love (almost) everyone at The Ringer (5/5)

Every episode of the Ringer NBA show is a must listen for me with one exception. Whenever I see that Tyler Tynes has gone on an episode it is an automatic delete and I refuse to give it a download. He’s the worst. Keep him off the feed and you will continue to have a loyal listener. Good job by you Billy!

Mostly Bad (1/5)

Rating for the vast majority of content on this feed. Vernon and KOC are the only reason to listen. The other hosts and guests only seem halfway capable of talking about the 76ers or Clippers, or former 76ers and Clippers. The Mismatch should be it’s own feed, really. It’s the only show with real analysis. The other shows could be rolled into some coastal NBA team /pop culture pod that nobody would listen to.

Good podcast except for Tyler Tynes (2/5)

Taking another star off because of a third appearance by Tyler Tynes. Really makes me consider unsubscribing to the podcast.

For the Mismatch (5/5)

Enjoy Mismatch! Vernon and KoC have developed a great rapport and Vernon appropriately challenges some of KoC’s analytic takes to bring some nuance to the discussion.

Great Podcast but.... (1/5)

....any episode with the grating, self important, unfunny, mean spirited Tyler Tynes is a waste of time and a cheapening of the brand.

Great pod (5/5)

I listen to it as often as I can at work! Love it! Except I never want to hear from Tyler Tines, guy is a straight idiot. Please never allow him back on.

Episode 525 (5/5)

Hahaha Tyler Tines is the perfect example of “Can’t take y’all nowhere special” volcano check!

NBA Poscast (1/5)

Please do not have Tyler Tynes on the podcast. His schtick is tired. I’d rather have more serious analysis, if you need a guest, please use Kevin O’Connor or Justin Verrier.

More Mismatch, less Tyler Tynes (4/5)

Mismatch is the best. A great dynamic and can listen to Chris and Kevin talk all day. I’m a fan of the Group Chat even when John does speak super fast. With that being said, get Tyler out of there. Is trash talking a Philly trope he’s trying to perpetuate? It’s not funny but I shouldn’t be surprised when his 5 reasons to watch NBA teams articles were a waste of Ringer space.

Heat check (1/5)

Stop with all the goddamn Sixers talk, we get it, you’re a Sixers fan. This is supposed to be a basketball pod, not a Sixers pod. You ain’t Bill, your bias isn’t entertaining enough to be overlooked

Homie with the silk durag (5/5)

Vividly remember him wanting to eat a sandwich then dropped knowledge. He keeps bringing the HEAT! Tyler keep the pressure going and bring him back more OFTEN

Heat check or gossip ? (1/5)

Just a group of individuals claiming what they said was correct and how they know basketball instead of actually talking basketball.

NBA Show (5/5)

Review is for The Mismatch. KOC and Chris Vernon are great together. KOC knows his hoops and Verno checks his nerd-fandom and brings a challenging perspective that makes for an interesting listen. I don’t listen to the other shows on the feed often enough to review.

The mismatch is the best (5/5)

I cant listen to all the nerdy guys on the other shows but the mismatch is the best nba show or podcast in existence besides simmons and russillo/house collaberations. Chris vernon is basically the only mans man and we need guys like him in the basketball community. Kevin is very smart and understands the anylitical side which is important so there collaberation is terrific. Which these guys had a show on tv, it would be the best thing on espn right now besides maybe pti. Go bulls

The Mismatch (5/5)

The Mismatch is a go to listen for me and now that it's on twice a week my joy has been doubled. The basketball knowledge of Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor is beyond dispute but it's the way they have fun and can disagree without being disagreeable that keeps bringing me back. Two good guys who show humanity at it's best in every podcast.

Love The Mismatch (5/5)

Group chat is sorta a “meh” for me but Mismatch is good stuff, including the sometimes friction between Verno and Kevin. I love it when Kevin pushes back on Verno a second or third time on a subject and Verno blows his top! They actually know their stuff too which is nice.

Mismatch is amazing, group chat is a tough listen (3/5)

Would honestly prefer if this feed was only KOC and Verno twice a week. Group chat is a truly difficult listen. 5 stars for mismatch 1 for group chat heat check in the middle with 3

I wish they knew what they saying. (1/5)

Talk about amateur hour. Why does anyone want to listen to this. They have 1 job (to know sports), they can’t even do that. They really whine and cry a lot too.


I love the mismatch. Verno and KOC are great- and the group chat guys are growing on me too even if there is slightly less meat on the bone. However, the Group Chat into music is legitimately ear rape and it is both super annoying and not funny at all. Really makes the whole podcast seem lower quality. Thanks!

Five stars, five stars (4/5)

Not really. Five stars for the mismatch, three for groupchat. Bring back the old song for the mismatch too. More Neil Young critiques!

More mismatch (3/5)

I really enjoy the mismatch. I wish there was a way to separate the feed for that show from heat check and group chat. I want to gouge out my ears with flaming ice picks every time Haley speaks. The group in those shows come across as very smug and they step all over each other. You can tell when they have actually watched a game vs when they just read a box score and try to pass it off as some fantastic insight. I tried to give those shows a chance, at this point I just delete them as soon as they pop up.

Vernon is terrible (2/5)

I love all the ringer podcasts but this Vernon guy is a joke...he just rambles about nonsense on every pod and has nothing relevant or informative to say. I have no idea how he got this gig. Kevin o Connor is decent but out of all the ringer pods this is my least favorite due to the hosts

Refreshing! (5/5)

This is my second season listening to the show and I really appreciate the variety of voices and opinions. There is something for everyone here! (Also, diggin the new theme music for the Mismatch!)

Good stuff (4/5)

First off, The Mismatch is legit one of my favorites. Their 5 stars, 5 stars! Group Chat? I don’t really like them. They just force Celtics and 76ers down your throat. They also don’t give love to mid market teams that are championship contenders.

Make sure you label it’s the Mismatch so I don’t download it (3/5)

Their lack of chemistry is jarring. They bring too much unconfirmed bias to the conversation. Their pod is an instant delete.

The mismatch is king! (4/5)

The mismatch is the best of the bunch, the rest are West Coast haters particularly against the Lakers.

Annoying Referree (4/5)

Watch games last night. Turn game off due to now coaches can contest calls' THIS JUST TURN BE OFF CAN NOT WATCH IF THIS NOW THE NEW NBA FRIGEN KIDDOING ME.. NBA NOW A TURN OFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vernon is the absolute worst (2/5)

Love KOC & Chris Ryan

Kevin NO’Connor ... (1/5)

Is terrible. And where did he come up with this per 75 possessions crap? I’m out.

Great shows (5/5)

I especially love the mismatch. I’ve been listening to you guys for about a year now and I’m loving it! Also, can we get The Mismatch football edition?? That would be sweet!

Go-to NBA pod (5/5)

By Far the best Ringer NBA podcast

Love the mismatch (4/5)

5 stars for Vernon and K O’C. 4 stars for the other shows.

Fascists (1/5)

Maybe it’s not always about money. Integrity actually is a word.

Sometimes OK (1/5)

It’s unlistenable when Micah is on a d when Haley tries to be a funny smartass but it backfires and she sounds like an idiot

To many inside jokes no one knows (1/5)

I thought it would be a good show because I like Bill Simmons but wow these people are just Twitter nba people who talk and joke about BS

Expand! (5/5)

Please expand! You both are required listening. You both do a wonderful job on the pod & provide the sharpest, best, funniest commentary on the NBA and I applaud u both. Keep cashin dem awesome episodes.

Heat Check is a joke (1/5)

Vernon and KOC are the only people on The Ringer that give unbiased an opinion/analysis on teams. Heat Check has a weekly circle jerk that switch between hating on the Rockets/Lakers. Also take that girl off Heat Check, she’s absolutely insufferable.

Super kid (5/5)

This is awesome I love it

Commentators believe NBA players are too stupid to understand political issues. (1/5)

Apparently the contributors of this show believe NBA players are too stupid to understand what is going on in China. They claim it is far too complex of a situation for NBA players to understand or form an opinion on.

Great NBA podcasts (Except Group Chat) (3/5)

Overall, if you are an NBA fan, this feed is great. Verno and KOC are really knowledgeable and have great chemistry. Heat Check brings on a range of guests. Group Chat is honestly a waste of time if you are a NBA fan. There isn’t really any nuance to their discussion, just making common sense takes and have awkward chemistry while doing it.

Greed (1/5)

I have an idea, let’s not defend authoritarian governments who kill their own people so that a podcast can make more money. It’s not complicated.

Only listen to the Mismatch (3/5)

Every “analyst” is extremely biased and always talk about the same 8 teams outside of Kevin O’Conflict and Verno


Love all of The Ringer content, podcasts, articles, and videos. The NBA pod has a great mix of personalities on it throughout the week! The Verno and KOC combo is my favorite though! Two days a week!

Kevin O’Coward (1/5)

Disappointed by the willful moral blindness toward Hong Kong freedom as opposed to money.

The Mismatch is King (5/5)

Of all the different NBA pods out there, The Mismatch with Chris Vernon & Kevin O’Connor is the best. Great chemistry and excellent knowledge shared between the two hosts. A must listen, even in the off season.

Needs more Chris Vernon (5/5)

Long time listener here. The best episodes are with verno and Kevin o concert. Please add more shows with Chris! The mismatch is the best one. The others are okay..

Old guys, out of touch (2/5)

These guys are old and they’re very out of touch. Really annoying to me. I listen because I’m a huge nba fan, but they make me wanna turn it off almost every time.

Mixed bag (1/5)

Verno is great. Kevin is too. The other millennials are insufferable. No substance or real analysis whatsoever. They seem to be interested in being “cool”. Please bring some real basketball analysts! It is possible to be fun/funny and have substance at the same time.

Bring them back (5/5)

Love groupchat but would love it more if Haley & Paolo came back on

Why can’t we live in the now ? (2/5)

I don’t understand why you guys are speculating about next summer, player movement etc. when there are so many other topics more relevant to training camp, team updates.

Ringer nba show (4/5)

Justin Verrier and John Gonzales use the word content all the time like they are planning for the podcast. Every story ends with “it is good for us because it means more content.” Super annoying. Love everyone else.

Group Chat Love!!! (5/5)

I love group chat and trust Justin Verrier to carry on it's legacy but can we get some more Haley & Paulo back on when the season starts?

Love it (5/5)

One of the best podcast on the web!!!

KOC carries this pod like Harden carries the rockets (4/5)

the ringer NBA show has it’s moments. it’s moments are usually consisting of KOC playing point guard on the “Mismatch” and “Corner 3,” the latter of which is the most superior and well informed show. i would love to see Chris Vernon talked to a little less condescendingly because the man has a passion for basketball that is truly remarkable. the pods that are “group chat” and “heat check” are utter homerific trash. i would love for everyone to tone done their overtly fanatical bias towards philly and the celtics, and please for the love of God: stop recycling bill simmons opinions. be more controversial. get out there. be creative. inspire thought. STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW GOOD / BAD THE CONTENT YOU HAVE FOR THE POD IS — no one likes to see the sausage made free idea: new episode called “Slack Chat” where an nba ringer staffer reads select hot takes of the ringer staff’s nba slack for the utter humiliation and humor of all. Once upon a time you had win butler on the podcast and that was amazing. we need a win butler update with a new look pelicans team and we need more celebrity nba nerds interviewed.

The Mismatch makes it worthwhile (5/5)

The Mismatch makes the Ringer NBA show worth subscribing to. The other shows tend to be a little underwhelming, but the dynamic between KOC and Chris Vernon is entertaining and informative, with quality segments.

Ringer Love (5/5)

I love the ringer and I love these shows! Heat check has the best intro!

My favorite podcast (5/5)

This is the podcast I most look forward to every week. Intelligent and funny. Well done Vern’O and Kev’O.

echo chamber (1/5)

There isn’t an original idea on this pod. Everyone just repeats Bill Simmons’ takes. When they have the regional “fans “ on the show they routinely don’t know who is on the roster at the time (Isaac Lee). The major NBA guy, Kevin O’Connor, has supported and predicted the Suns will be good for the past few years.

All shows are great (5/5)

All the shows are great, but the Mismatch is my favorite.

Great Show (5/5)

We need more Tjarks.

Mixed bag (3/5)

I wish I could write separate reviews for each contributor, because some are thoughtful (Tjarks, usually KOC), while others seem to do their research on Twitter (Verrier, Gonzalez). I’ve caught many factual errors when they talk about my home team. Nothing major, but it makes me wonder if I can trust anything they say about other teams. Also, heavy on white males. I get that’s most of the listener base, but it seems that The Ringer of all places could have some variety.

Mismatch is the best! (5/5)

I listen to this pod because I love the NBA and Bill Simmons, but the main reason it’s still in my queue is Mismatch.

Kevin O’Quality Pod (5/5)

Easily my favorite podcast - love all the shows but The Mismatch is the GOAT pod

the Hits are Spectacular (5/5)

Love all the different angles that the diverse crew bring to hoops talk! Have to say that I try to avoid KOC's pods, though I'm sure he's valuable as a writer/glue-guy. Thanks for all the fun!

Mismatch (4/5)

Mismatch is the best pod on the channel.

I dig what I’m hearing Chris (5/5)

I really am

MVP (1/5)

Hey what the heck no mention of Giannis or any east player odd

the mismatch (4/5)

the mismatch is a 5 star pod for sure

Tired of the laker hate. (2/5)

Officially unsubscribing. Tired of the negativity and biased talk on the Lakers. Mismatch the only pod that is objective. Seriously guys, I wanna listen to this pod but you make it unbearable. Be professional.

The mismatch!! (5/5)

I love having 2 drastically different perspectives and regions represented!! Midwest is Best!!! Awesome Podcast!!

Kevvvvon (5/5)

Kevin o’candyland and Chris are the best love your guys show every Tuesday.

Mixed bag (3/5)

I usually only listen to the Mismatch pod w KOC and Verno (and often the Corner Three, too, when it’s happening. But Tjarks often trails off near the end of his sentences to where you can’t hear him well. He usually has interesting and insightful stuff to say, though) and then skip the others. Heat Check was tolerable for a while but got old and eventually became a rough listen. Group Chat was never good and mostly rehashes the same stuff the other shows already talked about but on a much more superficial level (I cannot stand Verrier in podcast form. Chris Ryan seems more in his element when covering pop culture stuff but isn’t bad as a moderator of sorts on GC. He doesn’t save the pod, though.)

Yeah (1/5)

Like a lot of the voices so will continue to listen, but John Gonzalez is a prominent host which is why I think this 1 star is deserved He’s neither witty/funny or does any research on what he’s talking about. Being infuriating and not being knowledgeable on just about every topic makes it unlistenable. John Gonzalez stinks Unrelated John Gonzalez side note how do you talk about the Knicks and their “bleak” future without knowing whose in the front office lmaooooo. Put like a minute of research in. I take it back all of these people outside of KOC have no idea what they’re talking about. Justin Verrirr is elite trash too. Just listen to the KOC/Verno pod folks! All these other people stink!

Great NBA show! (5/5)

Vernon you my boy! Forget all these haters

Best Variety of NBA Critical Analyzers (5/5)

Don’t listen to any of the haters, each pod has it’s own unique flavor, and that is completely okay. My personal faves are Heat Check and Group Chat, but all and all this may be the best NBA pod available.

All of good except... (4/5)

Chris Vernon is unpleasant. Every other contributor to this podcast offers solid analysis and opinions, making for a very pleasant and informative listen. My morning commute is irritating enough—I don’t need Vernon’s abrasive delivery to start the day.

Mismatch (5/5)

Love the mismatch, Verno!

Please new host for Group Chat ! (4/5)

Justin Verrier is horrible! Other than that it’s all good. Mismatch is the best!

Less Vernon (3/5)

Sure he’s a fine guy to hang out with, but he’s the worst part of this podcast

Mismatch best basketball podcast (5/5)

The ringer nba shows are all good but the Mismatch is the best basketball podcast. KOC is analytical which can be boring and Verno is a wild card that can be too much. But when the two are combined its perfect! I can listen to these two dudes talk forever!

KOC and Verno (5/5)

Something was different on KOC and Verno’s last podcast- they were less snickery and it was more mature and it made it so much easier to listen to. It was awesome

Love the show but... (5/5)

Cover the WNBA you cowards.

All things nba (5/5)

Great cast with good chemistry. Listen to this pod for your basketball fix!

Kevin O’Goat (5/5)

I only listen for KOC and Verno

Verno’s unyielding belief he is right (2/5)

Used to love this podcast. Still listen, but much less often. Gonzalez is awesome, Kevin O’Conner and Tjarks are great too. Chris Vernon has become childlike recently with his rebuttals to Kevin’s points. I used to enjoy the dynamic between Kevin and Verno, but recently it has degraded into Kevin stating a salient point and Verno responding with a mocking tone. Chris Vernon brings absolutely nothing besides the unyielding belief that he is right.

Love this feed (5/5)

Constantly keeps me entertained. Great diversity of viewpoints.

Good show held back by Vernon (3/5)

Chris insists on arguing like a child whenever he disagrees with Kevin and it’s very hard to listen to. This most recent episode was the worst I’ve heard yet. They either need to replace him or ask him to argue respectfully or thoughtfully

Kevin O’Comment (5/5)

Good Grief! Only 4.5 out of 5 stars! KOC and Verno should do the occasional emergency pods.

Very obvious Simmon lap boys (2/5)

Y’all realize after 1-2 with Lakers: Boogie (15 and 8) after injury Kuz (18ppg) Javale (12 and 7) DGreen (45% from 3 and Defense) Cook (backup Pg and deadly from 3) Also. “Lebron from first laker year” averaged 28-8-8 What in the heck is this Laker hate. Simmons still hurting bout the Ainge “treasure chest?” . First and last time I listen. A JOKE.

Little over saturated (3/5)

If you like the Celtics, Sixers, or any team below .500 you will love this podcast. They use the word “like” as much as a freshman high school girl. Is it one podcast or 5? Chris Vernon’s mind earned the stars for this rating.

Another incredible ringer product (5/5)

The ringer is the best site for any nba fan and this podcast is just another example of their excellence. One critique? More of Tyler Tynes and his ridiculous philly takes

Great Show (5/5)

Love the show. Great analysis, charismatic hosts. Only caveat is they spent about three minutes talking about the "greatest Canadian artist" of all time in the latest episode and Neil Young's name didn't even come up. That's a bit of a travesty. Neil Young's output in the 70's was some of the most inventive, groundbreaking work in North American folk and rock before or since. But I guess that's why they're sports journalists and not music journalists. Otherwise it's great.

Silly good (5/5)

I listen to a fair amount of podcasts. Within that set, I also listen to a fair amount of podcasts about the nba. This is one of the best. The gents have excellent chemistry, in-depth basketball knowledge, and are overall very entertaining. Put down the Steven A nonsense and give this one a try. They are awesome.... history (1/5)

It’s hilarious to listen to a 29 year old (or whatever) compare today’s players to MJ...dude, you were barely alive. You have no history. Nothing like a Steph Curry warmup! Clown podcast.It’s comical. I’m out on this podcast.

A great podcast... only by KOC (1/5)

This would be a great podcast if KOC shared this with almost any other person. They could pick a person who knows nothing about basketball, and it would be more interesting. The co-host just constantly interjects his (LOL) Memphis Grizzle fandom into every take. “I’m rooting for the Raptors this Finals cause Marc Gasol meant so much to the Grizzles blah blah blah”. I’ve listen to pod for maybe 35-40 episodes, and I’m over it. Pair Kevin up with someone who isn’t Chris Ver-nnoying. Chris Ver-wful. Chris Ver-whatever. Should be a zero star.

Best place for rational and funny NBA news (5/5)

Verno and Kevin’OBumble are so entertaining. Really interesting pairing that’s full of disagreements and often hilarious arguments and completely random references. The whole crew beyond them is also amazing and insightful. BEST SOURCE OF NBA NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT!

More Tjarks but mostly solid (4/5)

Tjarks seems very smart plus very likeable. A lot of his calls are dead on. Liiiiiiittttllleee less gossip. Really like Chris Vernon KOC has a lot of meat on the bone, just a little awkward. Needs more reps. But I’m a believer. More House as well.

Almost a completely great cast of hosts (5/5)

With the exception of Chris Vernon this is a great lineup. But Vernon is so bad it’s incredible. At this point i feel like the Ringer is wasting a mind like KOC by placing him with Vernon because he’s the only person who can stand Vernon.

Won’t subscribe because of John Gonzalez (3/5)

John Gonzalez is the worst. Won’t listen to him talk about basketball or anything.

Ryan’s voice = no thanks (2/5)

Chris Ryan is the Thom Brennaman of The Ringer, meaning that I enjoy podcasts infinitely more when Ryan is not included.



There seems to exist only 5 teams..... (1/5)

Way to Philly and Boston centric. Talked about Philadelphia for 20 minutes on free agency when a million different moves were made.....

Verno!!! (5/5)

His response to KoC question “is anything as it seems in the nba?” BRILLIANT!!! Love you Verno!!!

Less Vernon (1/5)

Vernon is still annoying

Trash (1/5)

Philly centric, not one ball player. All crappy, B-grade, homer, journalists. It’s actually 5 podcasts in 1. KOC is a fan boi

Love the Show but I prefer Haley & Paolo on Group Chat over Verrier & Ryan (4/5)

I listen everyday and love it. But all shows definitely have a Boston/Philly bias on it, which I can tolerate at times since the hosts are sharing their personality and relationship with their teams. I expect it from Simmons on his show but sometimes it’s too much. Favorite show is Corner 3 because of Jonathan Tjarks. But I miss during the season when they had Haley O’ Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti on Group Chat. Chris Ryan & Justin Verrier are okay when analyzing but can be very vanilla. I felt compelled to write a review after the Nets got absolutely no respect after signing KD & Kyrie. There was more talk about the Knicks and their future as opposed to the improvement of the Nets and the legitimization of the culture the franchise has built. I get it that the Knicks have a bigger fan base. As a Nets fan, I was so excited to tune in after the Nets biggest signings in possibly free agency history. But I had to listen to 10 minutes from KOC (who I also love) about how the Knicks are “okay and can still make a push for 2021 free agents”. SPOILER ALERT: The Knicks are the worst franchise in the NBA since 2000, have blown it with free agents year after year, and have a toxic culture that has pushed away the 2 biggest stars who actually wanted to play for them originally in Melo & KP How about talking about franchises that are making positive steps forward instead of wasting airtime on the Knicks who have been nothing short of embarrassing except for the 2012-2013 season?



Great Basketball Podcast (5/5)

Really enjoy this podcast. The fact that they run multiple “shows” each week creates a lot of interesting conversations and a variety of perspectives. Definitely recommend if you’re an NBA fan.

Tjarks (2/5)

Tjarks voice makes me wanna ripe my ears out my head please replace him wit Devine please for Christ sake

Break Out Individual Podcasts!! (3/5)

I really wish that all of the Ringers NBA pods would be broken out into individual podcasts. I only like the Mismatch and it gets tedious deleting all the others. #firstworldproblems

Good Not Great (4/5)

Heat Check is the best part, depending on the guest. Love Juan Gon & House the most!! The Mismatch is good when Verno & KOC actually have something to argue about, but it can be boring on some topics. The Corner 3: I have no complaints. But I never listen to Group Chat, Verrier & Chris Ryan aren’t as well-versed in the NBA and are really boring together, and it has the worst podcast theme song ever.

Favourite NBA podcast (5/5)

Great nba podcast, especially love the Corner 3. I could listen to Tjarks all day and love the intro music!

One of these guys is impossible to understand (1/5)

Who let that one guy on a podcast? He is impossible to follow, he speaks so fast that he literally forgets a word two in every sentence. His voice is beyond irritating.

Sometimes great, too often too repetitive (3/5)

Really good analysts, however, far too often it repeats poor topics. I was subscribing but stopped. They seem to avoid interesting/good teams in place of Lakers/Knicks drama. When you’re great basketball analysts, just confused why you spend so much time avoiding interesting basketball subjects. This past season, would have enjoyed breakdowns of Raptors, Bucks, Celtics, Rockets, Nuggets or other good teams.

Solid (4/5)

Like the hosts and how deep they get into the nba, BUT the intro music with Siri is the most intense ear cancer I have ever experienced. Please change the music

Dude sounds like a doofus (1/5)

Jonathon tjarks or whatever sounds like he has taken about 46 bong hits. Most annoying voice I’ve ever heard.

Quit the wimpy habit of making assertions spoken as questions. (3/5)

It’s almost as hard to listen to Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier as it is listening to the insufferable voice of Mallory Rubin. You all have this vocal inflection where you insert parenthetical question marks at the end of your statements as if you are almost apologizing for having an opinion and even trying to convince yourself that what you’re saying is valid. Grow a pair and be confident in your message. Most of you seem to have decent takes and should be unapologetic and make clear, bold assertions.

Bad (1/5)

Very bad basketball podcast, 20 things better

A great hang out (5/5)

It‘s just fun to listen to these folks. Like a friendly neighborhood bar.

A lot 2 right about (5/5)

I love this podcast and I’m always looking for new podcasts. Lakers Trade is lit!!!!! Pelicans looking good right now. Kyrie going to the Nets. Kevin Durant to the knicks. I want Klay Thompson going to the bulls. Anybody with me??? Ja Morant best point guard in the draft. Zion #1. Pelicans starting lineup: Lonzo, Holiday, Ingram, Zion, Randle. ????? I want the lakers starting lineup 2 be is: Kemba, KCP, LeBron, Kuzma, Anthony Davis. Russel, Dinwiddie, And Hollis Jefferson for kyrie. ???????? Kemba and Jeremy Lamb for Magee and Rondo. Kawhi to the Clippers

Updated review post 2019 Finals (4/5)

This is really four podcasts under one feed. Over the last several months, the Ringer has definitely improved the overall quality. The Mismatch : 5/5 : Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon are a great pair that play well off of each other. The Corner 3: 4.5/5 : seems like they never actually have all three guys on, but Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks, and KOC together all have interesting takes, and you’ll find a lot of good draft analysis on this one. .5 star removed for the frequent absence of one or the other member of the team and every time Tjarks says “wander” instead of “wonder” I die a little bit. Heat Check : 4/5 : John Gonzalez and various guests. He did solid yeomans work throughout the Finals and was my go-to for in the moment reactions when Simmons and Russillo didn’t have a pod up. Group Chat : 1.5/5 : This one deals with a lot of the reality show drama of the NBA which I care literally zero about. The few times I’ve given it a chance, Haley just name drops people and tries too hard to be clever. If reality TV and basketball are your thing together you might like it, for me, it goes into the bin straightaway 95% of the time. All in all, if Simmons doesn’t have a basketball pod up and you want to listen to basketball talk, you could do worse than this feed. This one and Lowe Post are the only ones I stay subscribed to.

Good if you like one of three teams (2/5)

Started listening because I like NBA talk and enjoyed the hosts. Now it’s exhausting with know-it-alls. Stale commentary. Same conversations every week (more like day). Even in episodes that seem their purpose is to talk about looked over teams fail to.

Really superficial (1/5)

Ringer needs some unbiased salary cap experts to inform these guys before they speak on these topics. It feels like you’re listening to guys you don’t like throw stuff out at you late night in a bar. Ringer Laker hate is just old!!

Listen to The Mismatch every week (5/5)

Rarely watch NBA basketball

Best NBA podcast I’ve found (5/5)

Guys truly know what they’re talking about. Their takes are mostly original and they’re not going just screaming at each other. Jokes are great and the hosts are entertaining.

Wish 19 shows didn’t come with this podcast subscription (4/5)

I love the mismatch and every once in a while enjoy a couple of the other podcasts, but I just wish my phone didn’t download 39 podcasts per week.

chris vernon is a talking head (4/5)

listen to all the nba ringer pods . love the opinions & dialogue of most the staff but can t listen to chris vernon on mismatch - his hindsight, matter of fact opinions are ridiculous. i get the idea of mismatch but grouping a talking head show (no offense koc) with other pods is disrespectful to pods like corner 3, etc.

Pretty Bad (2/5)

They rarely talk about actual basketball. Their takes are usually wrong and seem to just drift to whichever way the wind is blowing. Vernon acts as a vast echo chamber for all the media rumors going around at any given time (“oh, this player going here has got legs!!!” Or “this player is friends with that player/executive/celebrity”). He is absolutely giddy to do so. Kevin O’Connor should speak his mind more because sometimes he has interesting things to say.

KOC Great, Vernon not (5/5)

Really enjoy Kevin O’Connor on the podcast, but waiting for the eventual Cowherd-Esque hot take from Vernon, which makes me cringe each time he does it.

Ehhh (3/5)

This podcast doesn’t really tell you anything new about the finals games. The one about KDs injuries just alludes several times that there will be “ripple effects”. A good talk show or podcast has solid takes that are backed up by insight from the experience of the hosts. The original bill simmons podcast is like this Announcers here may just be too young and inexperienced, albeit well intentioned

Great Pod (5/5)

Enjoy the takes the jokes the swearing don’t change

Knowledgeable and what I want to listen to (5/5)

Great podcast. Guys really know what they are talking about. They talk about all facets of the NBA that I want to listen to, and at the right time. Love the NBA Draft analysis.

Terrible podcast (1/5)

These guys have no idea what they are talking about. And what’s the deal with the language. If you can’t communicate without use ?&(@,;;!? You don’t need to have a podcast.

Great content (5/5)

I find myself prioritizing this pod over almost everything else. They put out content regularly, with a different crew, and it’s always entertaining. Go blazers.

Love Verno & K.O’C (4/5)

Less vocal fry and it’s fantastic!

Old Country Buffet (2/5)

Some good stuff (Mismatch) with some forgettable (Group Chat). The dynamics between some of the groupings are off. Being an interesting writer doesn’t at times translate to interesting podcasting.

Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are a waste of minutes on this podcast feed (2/5)

I get it, these conversations/pods are meant to be relatable to the average fan... watercooler talk and all that. That’s part of why so many people enjoy listening to Bill; he good at balancing the appearance of understanding a game/topic and dishing out takes for entertainment. But these guys offer so little in perspective and are poor at tying in humor. Even someone like Gonzales, who also falls in to this category, at least does a nice job facilitating conversations. You don’t need all of these guys in every feed, they have strengths elsewhere.

Would have been 5 stars, but (3/5)

Docked two stars due to Verno. Truly terrible.

Vernon (1/5)

This is my first and only review of a podcast. Please separate Chris Vernon from this podcast series. I realize the Ringer aggregates several podcasts into this podcast series, but Vernon’s voice will make me not only unsubscribe but stab my ears out with a spoon (and unsubscribe). The number of syllables per minute that he mispronounces is offensive to listeners— “tis ting=this thing,” “traymand=Draymond,” and every “Kevin’Oh” thing he does is the most annoying thing (not ting) I have ever heard in my life. Please fire Vernon.

Vernon! (5/5)

Chris Vernon is the best! He’s a great host. Well informed, interesting analysis, and funny guy. Kevin O’Connor is a Warriors shill. He’s turned the podcast into a Warriors lovefest, please spare us. We have had enough of the Warriors. It’s supposed to be an NBA podcast not Warriors world. Maybe Kevin should become a Warriors beat writer?

Heat Check (5/5)

Really like John Gonzalez as a host especially with his humor. Dan Devine talks too much, too fast, too many cliches.

It depends on the show (3/5)

I thought Dan Devine was awesome after game 1 of the finals. I couldn’t find another pod where someone was willing to go back over the game in detail and highlight all of the small moments. I’m tired of commentators repeating trite things. I’m not a huge Chris Vernon fan - I’m not sure what he offers besides silliness. so I wish they would carve out KOC who does a lot of homework which I like. Gonzalez is a pro, which I like. But he isn’t very original. I’d put Verrier in that category too. Chris Ryan has interesting original takes. And I really like Tjarks - he’s strikes a tone I like of original, fun, and hardworking. So overall, if you like insightfulness, it’s about 60/40 on this channel.

Miss Match (5/5)

I gave my 5 stars because of the Miss Match pod.

Insightful, humorous, brilliant (5/5)

Basketball is very good. Why even bother listening to other podcasts

Just seems like a lot of hating (1/5)

Why do you guys just seem like a bunch of haters complaining about everything and everyone? I think this show can really benefit by adding some positivity into the material.

Best basketball podcast by a mile but some areas to improved (5/5)

Essentially what the comment before me spoke about. Great podcast, hence the 5 stars, but I wish there was more talk about basketball, the games, and what actually matters; like there is in the mismatch as opposed to “looking for the narrative.” If I wanted to hear a narrative being pushed w/o critical analysis, I could listen to ESPN First Take (and this show is sooo much more than that >90% of the time) and I think viewers listen to this show because we know the analysis is a much higher quality than anything on ESPN/FoxSports

Verno and KOC ONLY (1/5)

Honesty the only people worth listening to are Verno and KOC. Everyone else just continues to make up headlines for their own agendas. KOC and Verno consistently talk basketball and the facts of the game instead of just searching for the headlines and saying how KD is going to the Knicks every other day. I’d be fine just listening to them 1-2 days a week and get a quality podcast than listening to the same repeated junk every day. Listen to the Mismatch only, all others are repetitive and pandering.

Quit with the “like” (5/5)

Maybe my favorite NBA podcast, but there are a few people that use like as a filler word so much it drives me crazy. And please never ever allow Tyler tines on again. He is a living paradox. The way he talks propagates racism not addresses it. I literally laughed out loud often when listening to the mismatch. You guys are hysterical.

Stop with the spoilers (1/5)

You’re killing me with all the game spoilers in the episode titles!! Unsubscribed!

🥉🥉🥉 (2/5)

It’s doo doo 💩 but kinda good

Consistently best part of the show (4/5)

Liz Kelly’s ad reads are the motivating reason for me to tuning in

OK (3/5)

OK 🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉but not the best.😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😪I’m sorry to say this

Clean up the language (1/5)

Good show I really enjoy it but I refuse to listen to them take the Lords name in vain or dropping GD left and right. Unsubscribe

Great pod (5/5)

The Mismatch has become a must listen every episode, Vernon and KOC give great insight. Tyler Tynes is also the funniest person alive, give the man the max!

kevin o connor is great, everyone else doesn’t deserve an publicized opinion (1/5)

title of the review says it all.

<3 (5/5)

Colleen Wolfe’s husband is goodn

Mercurial at best (2/5)

The intro music is misleadingly cool and laced with funny hot-takes. I don’t understand the lineup of personalities, and it’s unclear what the agenda of the show is supposed to be? It seems mostly like sad Philly fans and a cast of sort’ve archetypal nba hipster takespeople. Much like the Ringer’s Web site, it’s difficult to say what this is besides a content vehicle for ad revenue. Bill Simmons frequently refers to how the Ringer is “figuring his whole thing out” in reference to podcasts, which essentially I take to mean “we don’t really know what we’re doing but we’ll take your money for it!” We end up with people who didn’t play basketball aimlessly criticizing the men who play it professionally. It’s beyond nerdy, into a nervous realm between completely unprepared interview show and untrained journalistic hyperbole. You could try to gauge which episodes to listen and which ones to skip based on who is on the show, but honestly zero of the takers are worth the time. Two stars because they’re awake, and they have a nice logo. Everything else: zero stars.

Where are The Blog Twins? (2/5)

So is Group Chat just Chris and Justin now? Because that is not something I’m interested in listening to.

KOC and Verno are the best (5/5)

Thanks guys, keep it up!

Vernon is the best (5/5)

Vernon is the only reason I listen to this pod. The only one who can actually take a stance and stand by it.

Get Tynes Off (4/5)

This Pod would get 5/5 as I do love it, however everybody I know, as well as myself, gives this pod an instant skip when Tyler Tynes comes on. This dude turns everything into a racial issue and has horrible horrible takes. Unbearably bad amongst an otherwise amazing crew.

Chris Vernon is the worst. (1/5)

All the other Ringer NBA staff seems to keep their head but Vernon just throws tantrums and yells at KOC. Please stop.

Yeesh (2/5)

Vernon is unbearable. Love you Kev!

Kevin and Verno and Paolo (4/5)

Add Paolo that Salvatruca genios and this would rock more. Mismatch is best. Everybody else appears too superficial for my taste. That said, love the Ringer.

Mismatch (3/5)

The mismatch only one worth listening to. Everything else is hipster central. Kevin’s voice is annoying, but once you get past that it’s coo... Vernos the man

A must for hoops heads (5/5)

Always a wide range of perspectives on the latest in the NBA. Particularly like Tuesday’s “Mismatch” with Chris Vernon and Kevin O’connor - Kevin more of an analytics guy, Chris more of an eyeball test guy. I lean more Chris’s way personally. They have great dialogue, disagree frequently, and are hilarious.

Five stars, five stars (5/5)

This is mainly for the Mismatch. Verno and Kevin O’Concert need their own podcast!

No more Tines please (5/5)

Can’t stand the guy’s tone and all of the usual crew though. You guys keep killing it! Well produced and lots of content, from knowledgeable staff (minus Tines).

Lots of better NBA content out there (3/5)

I have given up on this podcast — very superficial, without much substance.

Great pod (5/5)

Love the podcast

Pop (5/5)

After listening to the conversation about Greg popovich, I’ll be curious to hear what pop has to say about Trump not answering media questions...because pop stonewalls questions so frequently.

I like everything but (4/5)

KOC is the biggest issue with this pod. It is a little nit picky but I don’t like Kevin’s voice and they way he comes across as perpetually nervous. It isn’t a dealbreaker though because I LOVE everything other aspect of the show.

Daily NBA fix (5/5)

Love all the shows as they get me through my commute throughout the workweek. Group Chat and The Corner 3 (let the theme song play a few more seconds, KOC) are my favs but I also love Heat Check and The Mismatch(bad theme song - change it) Great group of people talking hoops, thank you for the content!

Yea Tyler Tynes isn’t great. (4/5)

Heat Check was already my least favorite show, but I find Tynes consistently unenjoyable. His voice itself is a bit annoying, but I mainly find his humor very meh. It’s so “let me cuss and give hot takes so that it looks like I’ve got a recognizable personality!” He comes off just kinda unnatural and the “mean” humor he dishes on Gonz (who’s also prob the most meh host) get’s old so quick. Like he gives off the impression he’s trying his hardest to establish a character within the time he gets to talk. He’s not a notable figure, so I don’t find anything particularly interesting about his Sixers takes. The social justice stuff I have no problems with other than that it feels so out of place on the Ringer NBA show. It’s a way different brand of entertainment, especially if it ever becomes a weekly segment. In sum, Isaac Lee is the best part of Heat Check.

Sorry Tyler (3/5)

That cocky, narcissistic, a-hole vibe doesn’t bode well for someone imploring equality. Works great for sports opinions, but creates immediate dissonance when talking about racism. I support what you’re trying to do, but you catch more flies with honey. That is... if you’re truly trying to create a positive change in the world and not just creating outrage, so you can wear some ‘social justice’ badge when the “Reddit whites” come after you. Eesh.

Can’t play Tynes (3/5)

Love the podcast but Tynes social/political rants are too long and drawn out. Remove all the fluff vocab, say your point, and move on

Good (5/5)

Love Chris Vernon

intolerable hosts (1/5)

Vernon @ O’Conner know their stuff but they’re both extremely brutal to listen to..seriously cringe worthy

I listen but (1/5)

Tyler Tynes is unbearable

Tyler Tynes is an immediate skip (2/5)

Just don’t need it. Not funny, and don’t care about his unoriginal takes on modern identity politics. Not what I’m here for, or else I’d be listening to the Pod Bros over at god save the pod. The Mismatch rules, though 👌🏼

Good most of the time (1/5)

Love the show except when they get into garbage liberal agenda stuff about “racism” and other nonsense


If you love Celtics and SIXERS most of the podcasts are for you

Great nba discussion most days (4/5)

Heatcheck and The Mismatch are my favorite NBA podcasts and I wish they were more than two days. Group chat can have interesting nba discussions often but also has skippable / borderline grating episodes (rating / swiping playoff match ups as if they were tinder dates for example. Bleh). It is my least favorite episode each week. The corner 3 on Friday is a solid if unspectacular listen. That said, you still won’t find an NBA podcast with a better balance of the entertaining side of the NBA and the stats side without going too far one way or the other most episodes.

Only on Mondays (5/5)

You will have to subscribe to the entire feed just to get Heat Check on Monday. But it’s entertaining and informative and worth the hassle of deleting the rest of the week. Hopefully Heat Check will find an opportunity to talk about the Sixers before the season ends.

Bring back sources say (5/5)

Love all the NBA pods but can we get some more sources say episodes? Even an occasional special pod or make it a segment in an existing show? It was my favorite. Also-Haley and Juliet are super fun on these shows. Is there a way to get more women’s voices on these? Keep up the good work!

All Sixers, all the time (4/5)

It’s a solid pod as the info and conversation is good..:,but just know that for every minute they talk about any of the 29 NBA teams not from Philadelphia, they will spend 2 on the Sixers. I’m

Scene setting (5/5)

Today’s description of Magic Johnson’s resignation press conference by Paolo Uggetti was great insight and adds huge value. Usual platitudes and surface level comments on a happening in the league or a scene at a game is not interesting. Zach Lowe does a lot of this deep level description of relationships or happenings; like when a player blows off a coach’s play call, etc. It really gives the listener an idea of what being in that collective might be like, and how an individual in question might fit into a dynamic of a group or organization. I don’t normally like group chat but that story today kept me listening

Tyler Tynes (5/5)

Been listening to the 4 pods since last summer & im a big fan. Sometimes they do stray off on bizarre tangents, but I don’t mind on my morning & afternoon commutes when I typically listen. Saw a bunch of Tyler Tynes slander from previous comments. I thought he was fun to listen to & being a Philly native I loved hearing him with Gonzo. I think he & Haley could have a great back and forth on GC for a guest episode. Mismatch is definitely the top show in my opinion, though love listening to heat check bc I know I’ll hear at least 5 mins about the Sixers. Keep it up!

Basketball is very good. (5/5)

Mismatch, Group Chat, & Corner 3 are all great listens. Not a big fan of Heat Check and glad they nixed Sources Say, but great content on this feed.

Could be better (2/5)

Long time listener of The Ringer Podcast Network and the NBA show is not all that great. It has a different “show” each day and the only one worth listening too is Mismatch on Tuesdays. KOC and Verno are pretty good at what they do but rest of the people seem to not do any research the days leading up to the pod and talk more about NBA gossip than basketball.

Keep KOC (5/5)

Reviewing 5 Stars 5 Stars to balance out the jerk calling for the Ringer to boot KOC. Keep up the snarkiness, Kevin O’CantStopWontStop!

Peace Out (2/5)

My irritation with this show (and the Ringer in general) has been building for some time. Just even looking through the last two weeks of episodes, how many times has the topic of which playoff match-ups are we looking forward to come up, when nothing has really changed in the standings. I really can’t stand any of the hosts, but especially Group Chat. And with Bill and Ryen having a weekly oof on the NBA, that’s really all I need. Quantity doesn’t replace quality. Also thought for the Ringer, instead of trying to build up NBA podcasters, why not build up more well-rounded podcasters?

Wish I Could Rate Separately (2/5)

This is like three different podcasts. KOC and Vernon are 5 stars quality but their show is once a week on Tuesday. The groupchat show gets negative stars from how bad it is, and then the other one is not super memorable but not too bad. Honestly, wish I could subscribe to just the Tuesday podcast. I don’t mean to sound too negative, it’s really just the level of quality by the three cohosts of groupchat that really brings me down. I don’t normally rate podcasts good or bad but I wanted to make sure I warned other people because I’m a huge fan of the BS podcast in general.

Boot KOC (1/5)

KOC completely ruins this podcast. Snarky, sarcastic know it all. Can’t even pronounce most players names correctly and sounds like his mouth is full of spit when he’s talking. Boot the dork who is constantly trying to prove himself and focus on the analysts who are genuinely knowledgeable and interesting and get rid of Kevin. He’s just plain awful and cringeworthy

Mismatch is my favorite (5/5)

Chris Vernon is the best. He is good with Kevin O'Connor. They get into it, but there is respect behind it.

Some shows are great (4/5)

Anything KOC is on is usually great, like Draft Class and The Mismatch. Group Chat is mainly a bunch of hot takes for the sake of being different/interesting. I can’t stand listening to that one sometimes. Heat Check is hit and miss.

Love Tuesday pod with Verno and KOK (5/5)

I don’t listen to the others but tues pod is one of the favorites weekly

Most with the least award (5/5)


Fire KOC (1/5)

Everything about the ringer is amazing, fun and different aside from one problem....Kevin O’Connor. I am not one to make personal attacks or ad hominem arguments, so I’m going to try and be objective. He is a know-it-all who is rude to other people on the podcast. He sounds like he’s at the dentist and trying to talk before having the spit vaccuumed from his mouth. He says awful things about nba players as if he’s qualified to say such things and seems to always think he knows better than all of the other hosts. His knowledge is commendable, so maybe keep him as a writer (if you really feel the need to keep someone so aggravating and clueless) and take him off of the podcast. I listen religiously and have considered stopping recently because his ego continues to metastasize. I can’t hear how awful his laugh and spit filled mouth sound much longer.

Kevin O’Flames (5/5)

Love the podcast and love the insight from KOC! Thanks Ringer fam

Crap (1/5)


Take the mismatch leave the rest (4/5)

If I was only rating the Mismatch(Tuesday’s weekly show) with Chris and Kevin it would be 5 stars. They have some great back and forth, clearly have fun doing the show and bring different perspectives to topics. After that the other podcasts feel like overkill. And this turns into takes like “The Rockets are better without Chris Paul” after he only played one regular season game with the team. The rest aren’t terrible, but unnecessary other than maybe when it’s draft time. Otherwise stick to just the Mismatch on Tuesdays.

Too much Lakers talk (3/5)

Like the personalities on the show, but it’s pretty frustrating that like 75% of the content is about the Lakers, Celtics, or 76ers. This is especially true about the Lakers, which has been out of the playoff race for ages and yet still seems to be given a majority of the content.

Talk about basketball (3/5)

The mismatch is great. Group chat needs more KOC... the show can be frustrating at times... most of the time, actually

Does Haley really even watch games? (1/5)

I get that she’s trying her best as a takeswoman, and I respect some of her takes esp on western conference teams, but jesus christ she’s got to stop getting it so wrong. It’s making Group Chat physically hard to listen to

Pretty good (5/5)

I miss the 2 SBNation NBA pods, so having Gonzo host one of these segments is great. I think overall it is a well produced pod. It could use a bit more in depth stuff, as the focus is more entertainment.

Hot take city (2/5)

Wish you could rate on different facets of a podcast. Would be a 5 for the quantity of new content they can get out a week, but if looking for intelligent analysis run for the hills.

More Tyler mufuckas (5/5)

More Tyler tynes please. Needs his own podcast. Love koc and verno Need less Haley and Pablo more Chris Ryan Mufuckas!

Huge fan and I get excited every time I see a new available pod (5/5)

The mismatch is up there with my favorite pods. KOC and Verno are my fav pod duo. I wasn’t gonna take a star away, but Tyler Tynes needs his own pod or deserves to be a regular host on a show like the ‘Heat Check’.

Tyler Tynes 👎 (3/5)

Gonzo-I am from philly and find you pretty solid overall. I’d imagine your just being nice about Tyler and the quality of his takes, which is fine but please don’t do that to us again. Worst takes, if you call them that, I have ever heard. Just pay me 20% less than him to give my takes which are more succinct and descriptive, at the very least. Ringer-how in the world did that guy get hired?

Kevin O’Connor aka.... (5/5)

The Mismatch is the best one

Scattered (3/5)

Ringer nba show individual ratings: Corner 3: 4.5 stars Good content, they actually discuss more basketball content, discuss gameplay, college prospects. Basically I learn something from these guys The Mismatch: 4 stars Nice mix of NBA ecosphere topics along with actual game and player analysis. The chemistry between Chris and KOC getting better with each episode Heat check: 3 stars Hit or miss. Lots of shows are just blah blah about the reddit related hot topics that’s already feel old by the Monday show Group chat: 2 stars I know Verrier knows basketball backwards and forwards but really doesn’t know how to talk about it. It’s like hearing some guy blather about something he overheard from someone else and can’t fully articulate himself. Also tired topics instead of actual basketball content. Too much Pelicans talk ( I wonder why....)More Haley, more Paolo, less hot takes, conspiracy theories please.

Tyler Tynes is a Bad Version of Steven A (1/5)

I don't usually leave reviews, but I actually took my headphones out halfway through this guy's episode. He's just trashing people's outfits and hairstyles and it comes across mean more than funny. He's trying to be a cross between Steven A's hot takes and Shea's analogies/homerism and is somehow less funny than Shea and more annoying than Steven A (at least Steven has legit sources). Give him his own podcast if you want to hear angry, unoriginal, unfunny takes that are just meant to be inflammatory.

You can talk about something other than the Lakers (1/5)

Come for the never ending lakers takes regardless of their relevance and stay for John gonz making the exact same joke about the sixers every single episode. Used to like this podcast but it has become unlistenable compared to other b-ball podcasts. No reason to listen to new episodes it’s just the same recycled garbage over and over and over and over and and over

Massive fan but (5/5)

Love this podcast. I crush each episode the day of release. Some feedback about the Groupchat - discussion could benefit from improvement. I don’t think the current personalities balance each other well. Paolo is a liability with zero comedic flow, and Justin you can be overly agreeable, or you’ll concede after a weak effort to play the other side (perhaps it’s to carry forward discussion, but nevertheless worth mentioning). Haley you are great minus the Ben Simmons 3-pt take.

:) (5/5)

Yes please! To having Tyler Tynes on Heat Check recently, his voice and viewpoint is very much missing from all the b-ball podcasts I know of so yes please, more of him! Also shoutout to Group Chat and Haley on that program she is awesome and has a super soothing voice and I'm so glad she's getting more comfortable with being more assertive on that pod. I love the Heat Check and Group Chat pods for being more about the drama and less about nerdy stats. I can't handle The Mismatch and the Corner 3 is very meh. But there's probably people out there who enjoy that type of thing. Also shout out to Shea Serrano, he's awesome and his book is great. Thanks!

Awesome at times (4/5)

This podcast is awesome at times, granted there are some lulls where I think the banter/ chatter can be uninteresting at times. Despite this there is no place I’d rather go listen when the playoffs are heating up. I think a lot of the negative reviews are a testament to the searching for topics that occurs over all nba media platforms during the regular season.

Tyler Tynes? (1/5)

Why the hell is this guy even talking. If I wanted to hear uninformed idiocy I can find that somewhere else. And he’s a racist MF’er to top It all off. No more please

Tyler Tynes (3/5)

Heat Check Please dont bring Tyler Tynes on any more podcasts. The worst and most vulgar guest yet. Too many f bombs. He Also brought race into the podcast, i dont listen to sports podcasts to hear racial rhetoric. Love the podcast otherwise. -listener brad

Tyler Tynes was Garbage (1/5)

Never have this guy back on the show, please. He was absolute garbage. How can you be a sports podcast and have a guest criticizing players for their hair and their coach for his beard. Never felt inclined to leave a review until now.

Thebmhg (4/5)

Usually good but when you bring on an obnoxious guest like Tyler Tynes you lose some credibility.

Heat check (1/5)

Since when did this become a hair style review pod?!?!

Haley O'Shaughnessy (1/5)

should have her own show. Give her John Gonzalez’s spot. Also give Tyler Tynes a show wow how refreshing to have black voices in this feed. This show desperately needs more women and black ppl working on it, guest appearing, etc

The best 76s podcast ever (5/5)

Tyler Tynes dripping swaggoo throwing hot fire the size of wawa hoagies.

Amazing podcast, but don’t listen to episode from 3/11 after minute 25 (2/5)

I love the show and the pods put out weekly. Please do not have Tyler Tynes back on the show with Tjarks. Never listened to him or read his content before, but his takes were off-putting, non-sensical, and I was confused as to why you guys decided to have him on. Tried too hard to be funny. Surprised this part was green lit, as the Ringer podcasts are usually top notch.

Tyler Tynes! Group Chat (4/5)

I’m a long time listener of the BS Report, and listen to something from The Ringer universe daily. Hopefully today is the last time I have to hear Tyler Tynes on the podcast, and powers at be can keep his over-the-top attempts at comedy contained within the company slack. The pod sucked up until his ridiculous Kobe take, at that point it became insufferable. Love The Ringer, keep up the good work, and save us from Tyler. (Only drunk House should be able to swear that much)

More Tyler Tynes (5/5)

Give him his own show. Dude is a breath of fresh air.

I Want To Take Away 1 Star For Tyler Tynes’ Episode (5/5)

Please ... PLEASE!!!!!!! Never have Tyler Tynes on again. He’s a good writer, and I don’t want to hate him. He sounds like a you sent really smart teenager to college with a thesaurus and were like, “hey try to impress the adults.” As much as I would like to listen to him repeatedly lean on the phrase “so much as” I’d rather read his commentary on race and sports. So please... PLEASE!!!!! No more of the ringers own aspiring hipster Skip Bayless! At least until he looks up a few clever synonyms for restraint and subtlety. Love you guys!

Tyler Tynes so annoying. (3/5)

Listed to today’s show 3-11-19 with Tyler Tynes, it was so bad. Too much profanity and trying to be too cool with his takes. I was not a fan.

“Like, like, like” (3/5)

Holy... the amount of times these guys say the word “like” is ridiculous. Pod itself is fine with me as a very casual fan. I don’t deep dive into nba culture but I’m aware of the big & mid size stories. Just please cut out the um’s and like’s. You guys are journalists ffs.

Painful (1/5)

They say the word like every 3 words. That’s like so like like painful to listen you know what I mean?

john gonzalez and chris ryan are terrible (1/5)

i feel bad giving this 1 star bc the mismatch episodes on Tuesdays are really good. if verno and koc separated off into their own podcast it would be 5 stars for sure but they only do one pod a week. The rest of them are a complete waste of time to listen to. John gonzalez can say a thousand times that he watches league pass but when listening to him it’s obvious that he cares about nba drama and doesn’t really watch games. It’s also obvious that Chris ryan cares only about drama but he at least admits it sometimes. Concepcion, Tjarks and serrano constantly make fun of the hot take pundits on tv not realizing that they themselves are basically the same thing. Come on Bill, you pride yourself on hiring the right people but you really need to clean up ringer nba. I’ve been a long time listener and love everything about ringer nfl and your staff there including mays, clark, lombardi, rusillo are amongst the best in sports! Overall Ringer nba is trash!

Best NBA Pod in existence (5/5)

Listen to every episode religiously. Great stuff.

Like it’s ok, like uhhh like if you like hearing the word like a lot it’s for you (1/5)

Like they mostly talk about basketball but like none of them are English or public speaking majors cause like they say like every other like word. I also hope you like pop culture more then like basketball cause that’s like what’s your gonna like get. Vomit

Keep Vernon and KOC and fire everyone else (3/5)

Five stars for Vernon and KOC and zero stars for the other hosts. Vernon is the best. I didn’t like KOC at first, but he grew on me. Give them their own podcast and get rid or separate these other losers. That other Chris is the worst. Just listening to him makes me want to throw things at him and give him a wedgie.

Love this pod (5/5)

Really likable group of hosts. KOC has become very confident in his podcasting and Chris Vernon is an awesome dude. I like how self aware the ringer is regarding their opinions. Makes the sixers/Celtics onslaught bearable when they know they do it all the time. I want more interesting stats from them in the pods to further audience understanding of the game

The Mismatch is mismanaged. (4/5)

I love all of The Ringer’s NBA pods EXCEPT The Mismatch. Kevin O’Connor’s waffling takes and chuckling-defense mechanism is exhausting. I really like Chris Vernon’s opinions but the two of them are like oil/water. Sometimes that’s a good thing for shows but hearing the two of them argue just isn’t worth listening to. I listen to pods for entertainment and hearing two men argue and screech at each other has made me delete nearly every episode 10mins in.

Drama podcast not basketball (1/5)

Talks about NBA drama and not actual basketball. Spend more time about Boston b.s. but not the best team in the league and how good they are (Milwaukee Bucks). Idc if it’s small market, it’s amazing basketball.

It’s ok (3/5)

This podcast is a good listen if you’re looking for talk about Boston and other big market teams, also the superstars requesting trades to big market teams. Turn around if you’re a fan of a small market team, no matter how good they are this podcast won’t talk about them.

My favourite podcast! (5/5)

I absolutely love listening to all the Ringer NBA podcasts. They have helped me keep up to date with the NBA since moving back to the UK, which I love and find so useful, and also really helped me when I was going through a tough time in the hospital (to take my mind off stuff), I would wait for them to get released and listen right away. Thank you! Awesome pod! - Will

Solid basketball pod. (5/5)

I like Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor and look forward to The Mismatch every week. They know basketball and have pretty good chemistry together. I like that they can argue and have opposing viewpoints but they don’t take it to a First-Take fake drama level where they argue just to argue.

Great podcast (5/5)

We need a Wednesday pod (not sources say). Love all the depth of all the different hosts. Keep them coming

No more John (2/5)

John needs to go. He doesn’t actively listen and only jabbers. I can’t believe he’s on the ringer. Maybe 2 minutes of him is ok, maybe. Haley can probably go to. The mismatch is great though. John please resign.

A lot of the same stuff (4/5)

Over and over again. Great concept to have different people give their opinions. But its generally the same opinions on the same topics. So if you listen to one per week you don't miss anything. I would advise listening to the ones with Kevin O’Connor/Chris Vernon and KOC/Tjarks.

Awesome shows (5/5)

Great, knowledgeable task. Entertaining pace. Only request is less free agency talk and more basketball, though that’s just my preference.

Are these guys pre-teens??!! (2/5)

Mammoth decline in quality and substance from Bill. Good grief!

Would be great without Group Chat (3/5)

Corner 3 and Mismatch are good, Heat Check is good. Would be a 5 star review without Group Chat. I get wanting to have some women on because you try to be a progressive website but can you not do better than those morons

Great for NBA junkies like me (5/5)

If your an NBA junkie, you’ll love this podcast. For those who are into the game and are looking smart, well thought out insights on the league both on court and off, this is the pod for you. S/O’s to Vernon, O’Connor, Tjarks (Texas stand up!!!🤘🏾) C.Ryan and all the talented guys and gals that are creating great content on the daily. Keep killin’ it.

Vernon and KOC are must listen (4/5)

I only listen to The Mismatch - 5 stars for Chris and KOC. The others shows have too many voices and not enough thoughtful analysis

Love it (5/5)

Y’all are the best

Celtics Central (3/5)

i can understand all the Sixers coverage with the roster being in flux all year, the Celtics have made no significant moves and have been 4th or 5th in the east most of the year. Nothing about this team merits the endless coverage, please rename this the celtics podcast or if it is the 'NBA Show' cover the whole league. We don't need a daily review of Gordon Hayward's shot chart, and if KOC insists on making the same Celtics points every week on multiple podcasts, feel free to edit them out before posting them, it's a 30 team league! Thanks for the free pod, this seems like an easy fix. BTW... The mismatch is awesome, particularly enjoy Verno.

Mismatch (5/5)

Look forward to Verno every week!

Luv it (5/5)

Good stuff

To much Lakers talk (4/5)

I’m over in Milwaukee and I like hearing about the teams close to me. And with Milwaukee being the best team in the eastern conference it should get way more attention than the lakers who are winning only half of their games. The bias on these teams is so annoying.

Hit or miss depending on the day (3/5)

I listen frequently for the NBA news but some of the people on the show should stick to writing. Kevin O’Conner really needs to find a way to not repeat exactly what the other person says before he makes his point if he has one. The show could take 20 mins. That said I love Chris Vernon just bc he actually has an opinion.

The Mismatch rocks (5/5)

KOC and Verno are the best

Sixers pod? (5/5)

Should be called the 76ers NBA Show. Great, but too much Sixers/Celtics talk

Too Much Kevin O’Connor (2/5)

KOC’s GOP counterpart is the smarmy smiling MAGA kid confronting the Native American. Does the German language have a word for “man with punchable voice”?

Great Podcast (5/5)

Phenomenal podcast. The host are incredibly knowledgeable about basketball. There isn’t a basketball podcast even close.

Really Good NBA Podcast (4/5)

Bill Simmons episodes are great. Gonzalez led episodes are well paced and compelling. Heat Check and Corner 3 with KOC are good. The Mismatch episodes I skip because of the underlying current of hostility between the guy from Memphis and KOC. The Mismatch episodes are unnecessarily contentious. Overall, really good podcast. I listen every week.

Best NBA Podacast around (5/5)

I listen to all the shows whenever I can. They are the perfect way for me to stay up to date on NBA action without having to watch all the games.

More BS (1/5)

Just got done with the 2/6/19 podcast with Chris Ryan. Great episode and hope to have more content with just them two. Clear, concise, no fluff and really interesting wrinkles introduced. Stark contrast in levels of polish and hopefully the others can learn but from what I’ve heard over the last 6 months, not hopeful. Even on the technical side of podcasting like voice volume control, clearing your throat or mouth so I can’t hear the spit accumulating.

A mixed bag (2/5)

Some of the hosts are informative, but most of the others just rehash the same modern takes. So if you want to hear non-stop how LeBron is the greatest ever, how Harden's play is exciting, and how they all want Anthony Davis to go to the Lakers so they can write stories instead of talking about teams that would make as much or more sense for him to go to, this is your podcast. If you want less biased NBA coverage you should probably look somewhere else.

Stop talking Knicks, you don’t follow knicks (3/5)

It is unbelievably lame and off-putting when you waste time on the podcast complaining about their media practices. Keep up with the beat writers with merit - mostly begley and Hahn - give your takes and leave it at that.

Pretty good (5/5)

I love listening to the mismatch on Tuesday, the rest of the shows are pretty good but i feel like the focus too much on east (76rs,Celtics ).

Bad (1/5)

They don't know NBA like many other podcasts do

Vernon and Kevin o’conflict (5/5)

Only listen to the mismatch. The rest of the hosts are terrible. Chris vernon and Kevin O’Conner are smart, funny, insightful and entertaining. There are other shows that come along with the ringer nba show, but they are hosted by twits and morons. Definitely avoid anything with Jason Concepcion. He’s a loud mouth and his voice is nails on a chalk board.

Very uneven (4/5)

John Gonzalez is excellent when hosting. Comes across as personable, reasonable, and lifts the people around him. Perhaps the best pod host besides Bill. Chris Vernon’s basketball takes are bad, but he’s a very good pod host and has a great voice. Kevin O’Connor is the golden boy over at The Ringer, and he’s an educated, informed voice in the crowd.... but he also has some takes that are so atrocious he needs more blowback (I.e. him being literally 3 years late on realizing Melo hurts his teams). Haley O’Shaughnessy is the best writer on staff and a joy to listen to when she’s on. Everyone else is bleh, with the exception of tjarks, who I truly believe is one of the worst nba minds in the media.

Best NBA podcast (5/5)

Big fan of Verno and KOC. Tjarks very insightful, too.

Mismatch is My Fave (5/5)

Great chemistry between Chris V and KOC, look forward to this podcast every week, over all others. Wish they would suit up more than once a week.

Best nba podcast (5/5)

Great stuff. Kevin O Connor is grea t

Solid (5/5)

Solid podcast with knowledgeable hosts...except for Vernon. That guy has to go. I skip everything he is on.

Kevin O’stinker (5/5)

Bill, Do you listen to hear podcast or just look at the numbers? Kevin can’t dribble 2 basketballs at the same time yet you give him multiple shows? Hire entraining people and not columnist. Your podcast empire won’t grow if you continue this formula

This is the worst podcast (1/5)

The disrespect they show toward these players are crazy..... just calling Dwayne Wade a “superstar” then in the same breathe say he doesn’t deserve to be in the all star game?! ....... you guys will say anyyyyyyythiiiinnnnggggg....... put some respect on these athletes.

Great content every day of the week (5/5)

With a new podcast each day of the week hosting unique voices, themes, discussions, etc., I can’t recommend this enough for NBA nerds.

Hit and miss (2/5)

KOC and Verno kill it. Get Gonzo off of heat check ASAP

Mount Joy Guy is not Smart (4/5)

Please never bring that mount joy back on. He did not know what he was talking about. He was (and probably still is) Clueless.

Please separate the shows (3/5)

I like Corner 3 and the Mismatch a lot, but Group Chat and Heat Check are not good. I’ve enjoyed some of the individuals articles on the Ringer from the hosts of those shows especially Juliet, but they don’t work together on a podcast. I’d give 5’s to some of the shows and 1’s to others. Vernon and O’Connor work especially when Kevin O’Connor focuses on the draft and less on trade ideas. Tjarks and Serrano are good supplemental guys, but need a stronger support cast. I’d give a higher rating with less content

Officially unsubscribing (1/5)

I originally subscribed to this podcast because I had run out of other NBA podcasts to fill my day, and Bill Simmons has hot takes that are backed up by some sort of logic which ends up being interesting and/or funny. But one of these dumb-dumbs on the “Group Chat” podcast just seriously posited the idea of a Josh Hart for Markelle Fultz trade. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. I almost crashed my car while listening. The lady voice correctly shot him down, and I realized I’m listening to quarter-baked garbage that somehow got on the air. These are the kind of people who you overhear talking about the NBA at a bar and you just wince at what they’re saying but decide not to confront them about it because you know you’ll just get dumber because of it. And earlier they seemed to think a KCP-Vucevic grade idea was actually a talking point. I’m literally getting so angry typing this I’m done

KOC (5/5)

I’m a simple woman — I see Kevin O’Connor and I listen. Heat Check and Group Chat are four stars. KOC is five stars.

Awesome (5/5)

Great insight and humor. Love Heat Check with Gonzo!

Great insight (5/5)

Awesome cast of characters, each with their own unique outlook. KOC and Tjarks are my favorites, but they’re all wonderful. Lol at the reviews slamming the “broad” on the show. Cmon now guys, 1970 called they want their “stay in the kitchen” attitude back

Horrible content from the ringer (1/5)

Biased trash as usual John Gonzalez is the only good one

Lack of Substance (2/5)

More water cooler talk, less detail about the association. Speculate more than participate in actual journalism or investigating facts. Rather listen to Bill all day than these guys.

Love this show (5/5)

Its a great show

Verno! (5/5)

Chris Vernon is the man. I’d listen to him talk about almost anything. Their other episodes are worthwhile too, but I’m here mainly for Vernon’s takes.

Love it (5/5)

I’m an avid listener to all the ringer basketball pods, and they’re all really great! To all you that work for the Ringer, listen to my basketball pod “The Stepback” and let me know ways that I could improve! Love your shows though! Keep producing quality!

More NBA bets (3/5)

I think you guys could do better on this show if you had a gambling show or at least a segment. The other stuff isn’t alway interesting. Of course Simmons and Cousin Sal should get involved regurlarly with that.

Mismatch/Corner 3 good, Heat Check/Group Chat waste of time (3/5)


The Mismatch is legit (5/5)

5 stars 5 stars for the mismatch. Really wish the ringer had more Verno the guy is a legend. Corner 3 is pretty good as well but some of the other ones aren't great. Group Chat in particular is hot garbage, most of the bad reviews are referring to that show as people don't realize there are 4+ shows under the same banner (which is confusing).

Best Variety Basketball Pod (5/5)

Ringer NBA show is the perfect basketball pod if you’re looking for both quantity and quality. With 4-5 episodes per week, and a rotation cast of characters and crossover, plus occasional guests, they cover everything from popular narratives in the media to the smallest details. In particular, check out The Mismatch. Imagine First Take, except with fun personalities that consistently demonstrate legitimate basketball knowledge. Check them all out!

Soooo (5/5)

Chris Verno isn't that great. Kevin O conor is good.

KoC (5/5)

Absolutely love this pod. Makes work bearable some days. Al though I would possibly stop listening if KoC ever stopped going in the pod. Him (and a little bit of Tjarks) completely make this podcast great.

Kevin O’Concert (4/5)

I’ll listen to anything he’s on. The others are middling.

What a show (5/5)

I just got into podcasts and I was thinking of skipping this show, but I am glad I didn’t, one of the best NBA shows.

The Mismatch (5/5)

The recently official naming of the mismatch makes it easier for me to write this review as it now has a name. I literally look forward to Tuesday’s and hearing what these guys have to say. Other than Woj, and Zach Lowe over at ESPN, the two hosts of Tuesday’s the Mismatch might just be the best thing out there when it comes to talking basketball and that includes their boss Bill Simmons. Simmons is at the top of the podcast game and when he’s on he is the best talking hoops, but these two Chris and Kevin are as consistently entertaining, informative, insightful as anyone in the podcast game. Bill whatever you’re paying these guys is it isn’t enough because they are smash hit in the hoops entertainment department. Much love from Miami, let’s go Heat!!!

Five stars, Five stars! (5/5)

Not an NBA-head but love listening to Chris Vernon. Bill Simmons can spot talent.

Comics? (1/5)

Why do all these sports folks think they’re comics? You aren’t funny! Plus, the Simmons’ characteristic of constantly focusing on your own fandom is representative of the media’s inability to just cover the news. The narcissism of the new media is not endearing.

Good NBA show (5/5)

Fun shows with good personalities.

Great Mix (5/5)

Not all the pods are my cup of tea, but there is some great content on this feed. Not sure what all the sources say hate is about? Group Chat is my favorite!

Chris Vernon is awesome! (5/5)

I love listening to Chris and Kevin! They are so great! Appointment listening every week.

The Mismatch is awesome! (5/5)

These guys are insightful and entertaining. I look forward to every episode.

Good Listen (5/5)

Some pods better than others here and it would be interesting to see the ranking were you to split apart the editions (mismatch, corner 3, etc) but I ain’t here to be negative. I’ve enjoyed the content and Verno is the man and his really grown on me. His disputes w/ KOC and his humor in general carry this for me. Cheers.

Great (5/5)

Only place to get NBA info. Love all the shows and all the content.

Odd couple (4/5)

Really enjoy all these pods except the Vernon-KOC one. Delete it every time now. Initially listened...but nobody likes to hear two podcasters who clearly don’t like one another. Vernon says a lot of crazy, out-of-touch stuff, while yelling at KOC about it.

Mixed bag of good and bad (3/5)

The mismatch show is good and Kevin o Conner obviously puts a lot of work into his job (even if I don’t always agree with his opinions). Almost everything else on this network is absolutely vapid tmz style tripe. Very unprofessional.

Meh (2/5)

Chris Vernon is just plain annoying and dumb. Most of the crew is unbearable as well. Only solid ones are Kevin O’Connor & John Gonzalez and of course whenever Shea or Bill make an appearance.

Nobody knows what they’re talking about (1/5)

The only person who can make Joe House look less like an incompetent drunk is Chris Ryan scanning NBA reddit 5 minutes before taping for talking points

Verno and KOC carry the show. (5/5)

They are worth the listen.

Love KOC (5/5)

Great series of podcasts bu everything is great with KOC

Good podcast but tone down the forced laughs (4/5)

Verno and KOC are two of the most knowledgeable NBA guys but all the forced laughter gets annoying and leads me to skip over a sections of the podcast. Interesting how both of these guys are better when they appear on the BS podcast with Simmons. Maybe they should study the BS tape.

Great pod (5/5)

With having a new episode almost every day, there is a great mix of “serious” basketball talk, as well as shows that talk more about the “fun” side of basketball.

Research? (2/5)

“There is no real Kobe in the NBA anymore” meanwhile Kobe himself has on multiple occasions compared Russell’s mindset and approach to the game, to that of his own. Tone down the laker bias by like 75% PLEASE.

Sources just say... (4/5)

Somebody quick tell these hosts there are other teams besides the sixers, Celtics, and lakers. Oh well. All around fun podcast, and very “hot take” oriented. Vernon is by far the best guest,

The mismatch (1/5)

The missmatch os the only show that seems to consistently talk basketball... it seems every time I listen to a different show it’s about what KD is talking about on Twitter.... that’s pretty terrible.

Love Verno (5/5)

Verno is the goat. Love his banter with KOC

Love KOC (4/5)

I think most episodes are really good but the Group Chat crew says the word “like” an astounding amount of times per episode. Huge pet peeve.


I only watch for Chris Vernon, pleeeeaase feature him more in pure NBA podcasts. He is the best and literally carries my Tuesday’s.

Very entertaining! (5/5)

Love all The Ringer personalities. This is mos def the pod of choice if you’re looking for insightful rapid reaction and spicy takes to NBA news.

Couple of talented hosts dragged down by the riff raff (3/5)

Mostly listen as background noise, only problem is can’t play it in front of children because it’s so NSF like most Ringer podcasts. Won’t name names but a couple of podders on here are insightful sports journalists, with more to offer than regurgitated takes or truly wacky silly stuff, the rest of the cast is either annoying at best or a complete zero on the air at worst. Note to Bill Simmons: The incessant cursing just brings the whole thing down a few levels.

Verno | Kevin O’Connor (5/5)

Verno and Kevin need their own feed. They host by far the best NBA podcast.

Verno's improving. (4/5)

Good varied takes in drama-filled NBA season. More music recs from KoC; Lykke Li on replay ever since he introduced

The Mismatch (5/5)

The Mismatch is one of my favorite podcasts with KOC and Vernon great listen every Tuesday.

Mismatch (5/5)

The Mismatch Pod is outstanding. KOC and Vernon are an excellent pair. Kudos

Tuesday and Friday (5/5)

These shows are awesome. KOC and Chris Vernon have the best duo for a podcast I’ve ever listened too. Love both of their personalities, basketball takes, and long-running/inside jokes. Must listen for me every Tuesday and Friday. Chris, if you’re reading this, Kevin O’Candyland is #1 intro name

5 stars because Jason said so but.. (5/5)

Overall love the pod, especially the second half of the week bits with Haley, Jason, KOC, ect. They make the NBA better. Would love to switch things around to get some one more dynamic to host the Monday Heat Check pod however. John G seems like a nice, mashed potato loving guy, but we need some spice and energy on our Monday commutes especially.

Love if (5/5)

Love the basketball content, if you replace John Gonzalez you would be perfect!

Very entertaining podcast (5/5)

Gonzo is great and there is a good balance between funny and informative.

Everyday listen (5/5)

I stopped following NBA until I started listening to this mix. I even bought Magic tickets. It’s that good.

Its okay (3/5)

There is not a lot of good analysis happening on the Ringer NBA Show. Which is fine! if you want in depth analysis you can listen to Dunc’d On. This show is listenable because it is approachable and casual, especially compared to the aforementioned stats centric show. I have some gripes with the format: why act like there are multiple shows? All in all, if you want some NBA talk to throw on during your commute you could do better or worse.

More centered content please. (3/5)

Just my opinion here, but I’d love a more centered show, with one host. It’s so tiring trying to follow different personalities around. Also, I really enjoyed the show when Chris pulled it out of the dump, cleaned it up, got it running again. Still gonna listen, just please focus on finding a centered energy.

Big fan (5/5)

Good mix of basketball expertise and entertainment

Simmons (5/5)

You guys mentioned he may not like the situation if Butler stays long term, what about Markannen,LaVine and a future first for him, surround him with shooters and let him be the guy? Him, Carter Jr, and their first rounder his year could be a great young core in the east if he’s unhappy.

Can we get the Verno Show? (5/5)

Mismatch is great. Corner 3 is solid. Heat Check is mediocre and Group Chat is hard to listen to. Can we please just have a Verno NBA show three times a week instead?

Always sticks to talking about the high profile teams (1/5)

They seem to have a bias against any team that is doing well that doesn't fit into their narratives. The LA Clippers are the better team in LA right now, yet all they do is talk about the Lakers. They talked about the brutal Western Conference on Monday's show and the Clippers were relagated to a footnote at the end. Something about there not being a narrative. They're just "there." Sounds more like lazy reporting and team bias to me.

Enough with the cursing! (1/5)

What’s with cursing on heat check? Could you please stop with the F bombs?!?! Makes an otherwise good podcast hard to listen to, and it’s just totally unnecessary.

Heat Check (2/5)

John Gonzalez is too much of a sycophant for Heat Check to be an enjoyable listen.

xcx (4/5)

Very entertainment. nice showM

Corner 3 -Best Ringer NBA Podcast (5/5)

No fluff- just good hard hitting insightful analysis. This group of guys should be on every NBA Ringer podcast.

Good stuff for basketball junkies (5/5)

If you don’t like one day of the week, you might like another. I dig them all, some more than other. I really like the corner 3/draft class on Friday and Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon on Tuesdays are my favorite! Even give Chris Ryan a little shoutout for sources say! Love it !!

Basketball Is Very Good (5/5)

And so is this podcast.

The only nba podcast you need (5/5)

Ringer podcasts are essential, love every show through the entire week on the nba ringer show

Cookie cutter day after news that just regurgitates ESPN coverage (1/5)

If I wanted day old news I’d read the dying newspaper industry. I don’t need three unknowns shouting over each other about what they saw on ESPNEWS the day before. This show is cyanide for the thinking NBA fan

👍 (5/5)


Eh (3/5)

Listening to the group chat makes me feel like I’m at a restaurant at a table that is sitting next to a large group that is talking really loud. Too much going on and is more like listening to other people hang out... Members of the group are great individually. Love the grizz dude and Kevin O’Connor!

Need to work on your bias (1/5)

I listened to the early season tiers episode and you got to the “this is fine” tier and literally said one throwaway sentence about the OKC Thunder while giving every other team fair time. It’s rather sad that you’re still holding a professional grudge against the team for reasons only you know but that episode just cost you a listener. Get better at what you do

Best b-ball pod out there (5/5)

Chris Vernon and Kevin OConner is must listen..

Get off of my lawn (3/5)

I find this inconsistent. For example, the episode Jimmy Butler is a Sixer sounded like sitting in a fraternity--I don't mind a little colorful language but this was just swearing for the sake of it througout--ended up turning it off. I do like Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor--but don't really know what I'll get with this show.

Can’t listen to this podcast at work (1/5)

The podcast from Nov 11th, 2018 got me in trouble at work because the host John Gonzalez couldn’t go a full sentence without dropping the f-bomb. I generally enjoy The Ringer NBA Show, but this episode was just ridiculous. Now I have to avoid listening to these nerds discuss the NBA when I’m at work because I can’t trust that they’ll release an entertaining podcast without lacing it with more profanity than an R-rated movie.

Shout out to the Corner Three! (5/5)

I’m a fan and regular listener of all the Ringer NBA shows daily content, but here I’d like to specifically applaud the new Corner Three show that comes out on Fridays. This show is stellar. The combination of KOC, Danny Chau, and Jonathan Tjarks produces intelligent and entertaining NBA talk on fresh subjects. I’m particularly appreciative of “The Kids Are Alright” segment, which takes an interesting look at the development of young prospects. The pace of the show is great, and I love how it’s available by the time I drive to work on Fridays. For me, it’s the standout show amongst many very strong NBA shows on the Ringer. Keep it up!

Good stuff (5/5)

Good takes, enjoyable personalities, and pretty decent insight. I personally enjoy KOC, Hayley O’Shaugnessy, Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan, and new writer Dan Devine. Check out ones with them on it

Good pod (5/5)

Worth a listen

NBA Show(s) (5/5)

I'm not quit dialed in on which shows go up on which days. Of all, I find The Corner Three to be the most informative and "helpful". Group Chat is also fun but inevitably involves a lot of "traffic management" to allow everybody to get their takes in. Thanks.

Chris Vernon Outshining Everyone (5/5)

Chris and KOC are by far the best show of the week. They’ve devolved a great back and forth. I didn’t know Vernon until this podcast and now listen to the Chris Vernon Show almost every day. That being said please stop having JULIET LITMAN on the NBA Show. It sounds like some TMZ bball podcast with her sources say gossip takes. And not to be rude but her valley girl voice hurts my ears, there’s ~80% chance I won’t listen when JL is on and just wait for the next show.

Best basketball show (5/5)

Multiple shows in the same feed that covers the game from every possible angle. Great, thoughtful, nuanced basketball commentary.

Mismatch (5/5)

5 star for Chris and Kevin, they play well off each other, Chris the vet and Kevin the rookie make a good combo backcourt. The other NBA Ringer shows are just average , and at times pretty boring . Hope they can improve seem like good people . Only so much time for podcast Listening and right now the mismatch is a must Listen with Simmons running second

Vernon is the worst (4/5)

I love all the podcast hosts. Kevin O’Connor, John Gonzalez, Juliet Litman, Haley O, etc., but Chris Vernon is the worst. Honestly if Kevin hosted Corner Three with Siri it would be better than the current show. Vernon reminds me of every drive-time sports talk radio host and that isn’t a complement. Give us more group chat, sources say, and young people.

Get rid of everyone except.... (1/5)

Verno, KOC, tjarks, and Danny chau. The rest of your ensemble might be garbage.otherwise those guys are fire

Not worth a listen (1/5)

Just not very interesting and provides nothing new or insightful. Sounds like they don’t prepare for the show and just wing it. They aren’t funny or smart enough to pull it off.

Change opening music (3/5)

It is awful. Pod isn’t bad but that music....ugh.....

Five Stars for Certain Shows (5/5)

Certain shows are in my weekly podcast rotation, namely The Mismatch, The Corner 3/Draft Class and Heat Check. Verno, KOC, John Gon (at times he’s not being a huge homer), Tjarks, Danny Chau, Shea Serrano, and Justin Verrier are all great podcast hosts/personalities. I really enjoy listening to their conversations and takes. I enjoyed Heat Check way more with multiple guests instead of Juliet with not so great takes and irritating voice and personality. Unfortunately, I do not enjoy Haley and Chris Ryan as well so it knocks out Sources Say. Thank you Bill Simmons for putting together a solid team for our podcast consumption.

🤙🏽 (5/5)

They might use, “Are we sure ‘blank’ is good?” But the variety of shows within this pod is worth your time!

1/5 of these podcasts are good (1/5)

Mismatch is great, the other 4 are hot garbage. The worst part of my week is Tuesday morning I check this feed to see if mismatch episode dropped only to accidentally press heat check. I think the issue is the other podcasts’ hipster takes to actual analysis is all off. If anyone from the ringer is reading this I suggest adding Verno/anyone to reign in Tjarks dumb takes. Danny is cool

BS is good - y’all are clowns (1/5)

Bill Simmons is great - his underlings are just flat out bad. I get you don’t want to flatter the boss so you downplays the Cs, but you blatantly ignore them and instead hype cute teams w/ no hopes like Denver. Do quit your day jobs

Mismatch only (1/5)

Vernon & O’Conner need to give their 2 cents twice a week. The other pods could be just written content on the website. Get Ben Dietrich from Cookies. Give Ben 1 pod a week with a retired player/coach would be fire.

Kevin O whatever (1/5)

Basically a circle jerk of people who write to impress themselves. But probably the worst culprit is the Kevin O’something guy. It’s so difficult listening to the guy, it wouldn’t be surprising that he hasn’t played the sport on any level.

Becoming one of my favorite podcasts (5/5)

The chemistry is good, I like perspective of the guests they bring on and their insights that they share

Not perfect, but mostly (5/5)

I come for the Heat (Check), but I stay for the Iceman!

Yes (5/5)

I love the content. I know Vernon gets hate, but I wouldn’t listen to a podcast with just Kevin O’Connor. They need to be together. In fact, I can’t get into O’Connor’s other show. Keep up the good work.

Great if you live in LA (3/5)

Like most Ringer casts, pretty much a west coast circle jerk. Evolving and getting better though. Group chat and Mismatch have gotten better since ~7/2018.

5 star (5/5)

Chris Vernon is THE funniest dude commentating right next to Shannon sharpe. I like Kevin to but Chris is on a whole different level he could lap him a few times if he took it more serious (that’s ok that he doesn’t)

Great variety of NBA shows! (5/5)

The Mismatch, Heat-check, sources say = the sheeeiiiiiit

Good Young Energy (5/5)

The Ringer NBA folks are complete NBA nerds and that’s what makes this podcast great.

Best NBA podcast (5/5)

This is by far the best and my favorite podcast Verno, KOC, and Isaac are just the best Clipper nation

Really Enjoy It! (5/5)

Chris Vernon has a different sound, but he knows basketball and really engages with KOC.

It good (5/5)

It good

More than 5 stars (5/5)

This pod is better than the max 5 stars. The varying degrees of takes and personalities makes it unlike any other NBA pod out there.

I really like this podcast (5/5)

There are a lot of personalities on this podcast which makes it really fun to listen to. I never get tired of one voice or opinion because it is varied from day to day. These same personalities show up on other Ringer podcasts so if you like one over all the rest then you should check out their other great podcasts.

Terrible unless Bill is on (1/5)

Chris Vernon dominates KOC with nothing insightful. Then a bunch of annoying voices/laughs do group chat.

Must listen: all versions (5/5)

"the Mismatch": From tip-off to final buzzer, this podcast has become a must listen. K.O.C’s insight and Chris Vernon’s baritone takes are NBA infotainment at its finest. Isaac Lee, the ICE Man, is in the control room holding it down and bringing it all together. "Heat Check": John Gonzalez and his rotating cast of contributors bring it every week, hot takes & insight into current NBA events. Once again the ICE Man the man behind the board. "Corner Three": Give me more Jonathan Tjarks!

Great channel with a fun cast of characters (5/5)

Great insight and a fun feeling as if you’re just chilling with your homies talking about basketball

All NBA All week! (5/5)

Love that they do a show basically every day now - I need my NBA fix every weekday and they keep me going!

Great content (5/5)

I look forward to listening to this group talk about the nba

Easily my favorite NBA podcast (5/5)

Easily my favorite NBA podcast?

Great Pod! (5/5)

I look forward to the episodes dropping every week. The Ringer is killing it with unique content.

fantastic! (5/5)

Always great insight and takes from the whole Ringer NBA staff with a great flow of content throughout the week. Easily the podcast I listen to most.

Good stuff (5/5)

Solid takes, consistent uploading.

Length (5/5)

Thanks for keeping it around an hour. Had to unsubscribe to a couple for being 90-120 minutes.

Chris Vern, Ryan Russ, & Kevin > rest Hipster bloggers (4/5)

Was ready to give a 1 star for the loser who said “Jack In The Box” is giving away free tacos if the Lakers keep opponents under 100 like this hasn’t been the case since forever

Great nba podcast (5/5)

Great pod. They have the best intro music on the ringer.

Great for the most part (5/5)

I think that the Ringer has great content. I personally am not a huge fan of Chris Vernon, but that’s just my opinion and I’m not going to downgrade them for that. Excellent stuff!

Response to Issac’s demand (1/5)

It is actually a pretty good show, but I have to go the other way if someone is trying to coerce me into something.

Quality Podcasts (5/5)

Nuff said

Perfect Bball podcast (5/5)

Great mix of in depth analysis, off court shenanigans and ridiculous hypotheticals. My favorite source of NBA content.

BS your great at finding talent but KOC is not ZLowe (4/5)

BS your great at finding talent but KOC is not ZLowe. I’ve been following the BS report from year one. When Grantland launched there was an embarrassment of riches, not so much with the ringer. It seems that they couldn’t afford to pay Lowe and had to fill the gap with KOC who could learn a lesson from Zack and be humble. Everyone else on the basketball team is great and entertaining, can’t wait for Rudolph to get involved regularly.

The refreshing unfiltered takes bring me back (5/5)

The diversity of opinions on these pods give me plenty to laugh and think about.

Getting better all the time (5/5)

Sure, they aren’t Zach Lowe, but KO-Climber and Juan Gone are improving every single podcast, and the rest of the cast are all getting their chances. Keep working, team.

Must listen for hoop fans (5/5)

Entertaining, enlightening and ever-curious, this is required listening for anyone who loves basketball, smart people and laughter. The format is terrific, Gonz is a gracious and dynamic host, all the Ringer talent is top notch (more Shea please), and Issac the Ice Man needs to talk more.

The best most knowledgeable and entertaining basketball podcast. (5/5)

Do you think with the success of Capela, teams are going to want an Athletic defensive center with good hands, and just develop that type of player. Capela looks like a 20 Million player.

Best place for NBA talk (5/5)

I’ve never written a review on iTunes before which shows how much I appreciate this show. Something I look forward to throughout the week. Show is a perfect blend of fun and great analysis.

Ball don't lie (5/5)

Never has, never will

basketball is very good (5/5)

this podcast is even better

Very good (5/5)

This pod is very good

Basketball is very good. (5/5)


A plethora of great NBA reporting and personalities (5/5)

Been listening from the get go: Huge fan of all the basketball nerds on the staff. Biased to the big markets at times, I have seen more objectivity this season. OKC is the up and coming Zach Lowe. Concepcion, Littman, Ryan to name a few of the notables. This is the first time I’ve had to make myself to write a review refuting the overreaching comments by Isaac Lee. The Clippers roster is in no way shape or form compared to the roster of the Timberwolves. Please hit the mute button or help him get his blinders off

Too geeky, too politically correct (1/5)

The women are annoying. The men constantly apologize for being men. All of them apologize for being white. And it’s a freaking basketball show!

Love this POD (5/5)

One of the best things I’ve done in my life is subscribe to almost all the Pod’s on the Ringer. The Ringer NBA Show is just the best. So much good free content that keeps me informed and always have me laughing. All the different shows they have Monday - Friday are the best!

the female host is unbearable (1/5)

thought this was an nba pod, but instead its run by a girl talking about clubbing, instagram, players becoming dads, and drake concerts... wow what a waste of my time trying to get nba knowledge from this hipster pod.

Love the Show (5/5)

Love the show guys! Sooo funny... Helpful hint: talk more Orlando Magic...I’m the other Magic fan along with Kevin Clark!!!

Could be way better (3/5)

Chris Vernon is border line unlistenable. KOC is the truth. Update: Few months later Chris Vernon is still unlistenable.

Very good. (4/5)

So many fun personalities, love the Heat Check and Sources Say... But I’m still not coming around to Chris Vernon, so I skip all those. Would be nice if his stuff and the others were separate feeds.

🤦🏾‍♂️ (1/5)

Tried to give this a shot. Just a really bland show that gives no solid information. Sounds like a bunch of 13 year olds regurgitating about what’s on NBA Twitter. Bill should take over the show ASAP, or at least get someone better. Taking way too much pride in the blog boy brand here.

Mismatch is a must (5/5)

Chris and Kevin have the casual, informative back and forth podcast discussion style down. They are the Mays and Barnwell of the NBA.

Good chemistry! (4/5)

Good chemistry between KOC and Verno but not feeling the new show name “The Mismatch”

So good!! (5/5)

Love the chemistry and interplay. This show is never, ever boring. Love it.

Love the show...minus Vernon. (4/5)

I love all the different shows on this feed. My only complaint is Chris Vernon. He is any drive time local market radio guy. His opinions are mainstream and short-sighted. O’Connor is a saint for putting up with him. The best show is Group Chat followed closely by Heat Check. Get a real partner for Kevin, please.

Keepin it 💯 (5/5)

Love the podcast and the variety of hosts and guests.

KOC is the king (5/5)


I like (5/5)

Chris Ryan‘s voice is annoying. His knowledge is good though. Really dislike it when he has arguments with KOC. Who wants to listen to these guys fight? Julie has a good voice along with knowledge. Usually like the guests . Especially those with a Hollywood connection Who are big fans of their hometown team. Always good when Bill is on. Like it more when people stick to basketball and not so much about their personal experiences with other things

Vernon a Ringer Outlier (1/5)

The only thing worse thing KOC's fake laugh is anything that comes out of Chris Vernon's mouth. Please get rid or Chris Vernon or stick him on his own podcast so I never have to listen to him again. He brings out the worst in KOC. NBA coverege is very strong at The Ringer, but Chris Vernon is holding everyone back, especially KOC. KOC is a great writer and comes across great in all of the podcast apperences he doesn't have to share a mic with Vernon and spend the whole episode fake laughing to horrible Vernon points. ANY ringer podcast that Vernon doesn't infect is pure gold. Rectify this. This is basically just a podcast where a moron spends whole time trying to strongarm someone more intelligent into agreeing with silly backwater views. Very uncomfortable to listen to.

Hit or miss (3/5)

Chris Vernon is impossible to listen to. He’s just simply limited in his thinking and it’s too bad. As Kevin O’Conner takes a conversation about hoops to a new place boom it’s stunted by Vernon. Pretty frustrating. The other folks on the other pods are all good. If you’re and NBA fan it’s worth a listen.

Wonderful wonderful wonderful (5/5)

I wish they would name Kevin and Verno’s pod “Crashing Boards with KO and Verno”

Chris Vernon (1/5)

Chris Vernon’s personality is awful. I don’t mind that he disagrees often with KOC, conflict is good for the show, but he’s SO condescending. It’s just basketball, it’s not necessary to always pretend like what the other person said is idiotic.

Please remove Chris Vernon (4/5)

I like everything about this podcast except listening to Chris Vernon. He doesn’t listen well and he doesn’t mesh with the chill and analytical vibe of the other people on podcasts from The Ringer. Let him write, but Chris Vernon is awful to listen to, especially when KOC is so pleasant. Great work with the NBA League Pass draft.

Chris Vernon is awful (1/5)

Chris is awful. It doesn’t listen to his co host or other guests. He just talks over people, he never listens to the actual argument people are making. Please replace him. The ringer in general has great content but I’m not listening anymore till the “know it all” I mean “know nothing” Chris Vernon is off the podcast. Kevin O’Conner is great. Makes good points, has intelligent arguments and actually makes good points unlike loudmouth Chris Vernon

Good podcast. Why Chris Vernon? (2/5)

Generally great podcast with smart and well informed hosts (with occasional over-confident and not so well informed millennials). The biggest reason I don't subscribe is Chris Vernon. I am sure he is a great guy, but he is not very smart and knowledgeable. And pairing him up with Kevin O'Connor just worsens the situation. KOC is incredibly bright but all his sound points are wasted when Vernon insists on not understanding and starts yelling in disbelief. This literally happens 5-6 times per episode and creates an awkward dynamic between the two. I could somewhat tolerate this when I briefly thought Vernon was a 60 years old old-fashioned guy (due to his voice) and interpreted the situation as generational difference. After I saw a picture of him I simply could not bear listening any longer.

Enjoyable, but recently... (2/5)

This review is specifically about "The Ringer NBA Show," rather than "Heat Check" or "Group Chat" which also show up on the feed: whatever back-and-forth affinity, Kevin O'Conner & Chris Vernon had before has since devolved. In the most recent podcast, an exasperated KOC argues that he & Vernon aren't on the same page, and I wholly agree. What was once a productive friction between two different viewpoints is now intolerable. Vernon has become brash, and now he seems to lack the patience or good sense to even listen to KOC. If this is affected, like he's attempting to bring a bit of the talk-radio arrogance to the Ringer, goading his fellow host for the sake of 'entertainment,' then he has succeeded to the show's detriment. I had to stop listening. I enjoy KOC, but I don't have the tolerance anymore for Chris Vernon.

Shut up about the Suns!! (1/5)

That conversation/argument about the Suns will make me never listen to the pod again. Holy crap I could care less about them and you two are arguing about 4 years ago like teenage girls.

Snarky, amateurish & often void of NBA talk. (1/5)

The Ringer NBA Show has a ton of potential because Bill Simmons has the ability to provide meaningful, alaytical NBA related guests & content. Unfortunately that has yet to happen on a consistent basis. Most of the content is provided by people who seem to have little interest or knowledge in/of basketball. Such episodes have a amateurish feel as if a few kids broke into the Ringer studio and hit the record button. The shows quickly devolve into the hosts/guests trying to out "snark" each other. These people seem to want to be stand up comedians but an NBA Show isn't the place for it. They also struggle to articulate and are not very well spoken. Hopefully Bill put's some effort into turning this show into a source of meaningful, thougful NBA talk. Right now it is often as far away from that as possible. Give the children their own show and please get them off of The Ringer NBA Show.

GOAT (5/5)


Essential (5/5)

The best NBA pod

It’s good (5/5)

It’s good. Make more content.

Good Content-Bad Chemistry (1/5)

The content is fine but the chemistry between Chris and Kevin is horrendous. I just feel awkward listening to them banter. It’s not funny banter it’s just cringe-worthy awkwardness.

Great Show! (5/5)

I love watching NBA games and this allows me to stay up to date when i cant watch it!

If you love NBA (5/5)

Full of great NBA content Go Suns!

I love this pod (5/5)

The important thing to note is that as a baby, KOC didn’t cry when he was stuck with a needle. What other podcast can say that? Also great analysis, great reporting, and fun to listen to. One of my go to pods.

They know the memes (5/5)

NBA After Dark. All you need


If you answered no then I must question why you are reading this review. If you answered yes then this is the collection of podcasts for you.

Fun, not just intelligent, NBA content (5/5)

Bruh, I love listening to pretty much all the Ringer NBA shows. They tend to strike a really good line between smart informative reporting, opinions, and looking at stories and situations in unusual ways. But they can also hit us with fire hot takes and are generally funny, likable people to listen to. If you are person who loves the NBA, but doesn’t forget that watching sports is ultimately about fun, this is a great podcast to sub to. Also “Ice” is the greatest nickname ever.

The team is back! (5/5)

I love following the NBA through this pod

Good mix of Basketball Nerdery (5/5)

It’s like listening to my friends talk about the NBA if we were all more articulate and didn’t curse all the time. Good fan’s POV approach. Keeps it light and reminds me that NBA is awesome.

Love the vibe (5/5)

I really appreciate the vibe from all of the different shows. You can tell the hosts all have a great wealth of knowledge about the NBA, and do a fantastic job explaining it to the listeners. I listen to every show!

I’ll keep looking (1/5)

I’m out. Verno and KOC just ain’t for me.

Would be 5 stars but... (1/5)

Chris Vernon drops this to a 1 star, seems like he may have never watched a basketball game and just has terrible hot take/trolling opinions that are completely uninformed. The other pods are really good and KOC is awesome, would be great to pair him with someone who could talk about basketball in an intelligent way

Excellent show. Group Chat is on point. (5/5)


The BEST (5/5)

KOC and Verno are fantastic as are the rest of the Ringer crew! Keep up the great work!

True quality (5/5)

My favorite podcast network - amazing hosts, consistent content, and so entertaining. Thank you guys!!!

Specifically can't subscribe because of Verno. (1/5)

I've spent neary 2 years manually checking and downloading this podcast, because I refuse to subscribe again. I like eveyone on it except for the horrendous Chris Vernon. I'm sure he is a nice guy, but listening to him and his innane, pedantic, juvenile, pathetic commentary on the game that I love is just too painful. Can't do it. Thanks for all the other great pods tho Ringer. I just can't Subscribe to this one because I don't want him getting any credit. Bring in Russillo, and get rid of Chris Vernon!

Y’all da bomb (5/5)

No need to make it complicated. Consistent, really good content and coverage. Ringer NBA 4 life

Great (5/5)

All greatness. Subscribe now!

The Ringer NBA show is gr8 (5/5)

KOC is the man! I also really like everybody else. The Ringer is the best!

Condense the Format (4/5)

KOC & Verno is great; classic duo on the radio. John Gonzalez and Heat Check reminds me a lot of a call in hour on talk radio. Could do without Sources Say. Group Chat is mad boring the way it is... it’s always a snoozer with its format. Put Draft Class and One Shining Podcast together.

KOC (5/5)


Dope (5/5)

Very dope.

The Ringer NBA Show is very good. (5/5)

Seriously, how is it rated so low? Tons of good content.

Love all the shows (5/5)

The shows are great. Love them all. I would love it if Chris Ryan wasn’t constantly trying to prove to everyone how smart and cool he is. Great guy. Love him. Just tries to hard.

Less Chris Vernon Please (3/5)

In general been a huge fan for ringer (then grant land) nba podcasts, however absolutely cannot stand Chris Vernon. His intro for KOC is extremely annoying and not a tiny bit funny whatsoever. Love the rest of the ringer nba crew Kevin, Chris Ryan and even Juliette with her weird fandom. Can’t stand Vernon though- can he tone it down? half the time I quit those pods because he’s so annoying.

Much needed daily (5/5)

Love daily NBA stuff

great podcast (5/5)

truly something for everyone here, love every single podcast on this feed!!

KOC and Verno grew on me (5/5)

All the shows are dope Please never invite bill Simmons on again tho

Lifeblood (5/5)

Have to get my Ringer NBA podcast content! Great shows, super fun, makes me a better fan.

the NBA O’stars are great! (5/5)

Also ways enjoy the banter and insight of verno and o’conner!! Keep it up!

KOC & Verno (5/5)

One of the few podcasts in my library that I truly look forward to each week.

Mixed bag (3/5)

The NBA talk is good! I love Heat Check and Verno, but Kevin O’Connor said he never cried getting blood drawn as a baby, and I don’t respect liars. 5 start content, -2 stars for dishonesty

The show improves w/ age (4/5)

I was hard on this show for the first few months of Vernon and KOC, but they’ve since grown, individually and together, into a solid podcast duo. I’m sorry for doubting you early on; I’m glad to see you two turn this around and into a legit, entertaining pod every week. Well done, guys.

Kevin O Climber Strikes Gold! (5/5)

I love the interplay between Kevin and Chris! Even though Chris has some strange east coast bias takes, Kevin has fully embraced the superior coast! Love you Kevin!

My go to nba podcast (5/5)

Very entertaining

Good pod (5/5)

Verno and KOC are top notch. John Gonzalez isn’t my taste, but that’s just me!


Put Ian Karmel on every ringer podcast and put every ringer employee on All Fantasy Everything.

Brutal (1/5)

The show comes in 2 formats: Salty Nobody puts down people doing things he can't. or Wannabe Mean Girls carelessly speculate on player gossip. Either way, it's minor league TMZ-level journalism. Firm pass.

Big St. Louis nba guy (5/5)

Love the uptodate hot takes. Thanks. Best Monday league catchup weeekly!

Needs new talent (2/5)

Mostly solid content, but “Verno” is an abomination. Insta-delete when he’s on & it makes me not even want to pull up the pod to sift through episodes he doesn’t ruin. Do better.

Love It (5/5)

Verno! KOC! This pod and Zach Lowe are all you need for the NBA

Great show! (5/5)

The Ringer has the best content and that includes podcasts. Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Concert are phenomenal.

Best NBA podcast! (5/5)

I listen to multiple NBA podcasts and this is my favorite bar none. The chemistry that Chris and Kevin have and the banter back and forth are simply priceless. They're not only knowledgeable about the players and the league, but also provide a lot humor as well. Definitely the crow jewel of NBA podcasts.

Meh. (3/5)

Annoying dudes talking about sports. 🤷‍♂️

The host is horrendous (1/5)

If I could give it zero stars I would. Chris Vernon is atrocious , his knowledge is soso at best and ridiculous claims make this show cringeworthy.

Good show (4/5)

More Verno please.

More Draft Class, Vernon + KOC, DJ ICE (4/5)

Draft Class is the best pod out there Vernon + KOC are hilarious Tjarks got a weird nasal voice but he knows his NBA DJ ICE rules Everything else meh

More Draft Class, Vernon + KOC, DJ ICE (4/5)

Draft Class is the best pod out there Vernon + KOC are hilarious Tjarks got a weird nasal voice but he knows his NBA DJ ICE rules Everything else meh

Cheers to all! (5/5)

Without question my all time favorite content/media site. Without the binding constraints of corporate tentacles, you all have crafted something to inspire more writers to do what they love to do. These podcasts are a staple of my routine when I walk to work every morning. I have only one suggestion, that more people tune in. I have like minded pals, and I share your articles all the time. And please don’t fret Mr. Serrano, it’ll all work out. ...MANU H.O.F.

Smart Marks (1/5)

I enjoy listening to Simmons talk about the NBA (most times) so I figured I’d give this podcast a chance. Very disappointed with it. I think most of the podcasters are smart marks but for NBA instead of wrestling. I also heard to Grizzlies reporter complain about Lance being a problem in that locker room but sing the praises of J-Will (who is one of my favs ever btw) for doing much worse things. The KOC mark seems like a decent guy but he only sees basketball through the perspective of someone who called the game CandyLand underrated. All of his musical interests are like indie pop stuff (not knocking it bc I like Frank Ocean & SZA) but because he probably has never even heard Reasonable Doubt or any legendary NY hip hop albums, can’t really grasp the cultural side of the NBA and why guys like Lance are extremely appealing to watch because of basketball culture. Also I’m sick of the Rondo hate. He’s a great player that does a lot of unique things. Also Shabazz Muhammad is better than you think.

KOC (4/5)

Kevin O’Connor aka Kevin O’Bomber aka Kevin O’Concert aka... saves this pod.