New York Times best-selling author and all-around sports guru Bill Simmons is reportedly being "strongly considered" for ESPN's NBA Countdown, according to Jason McIntyre of Big Lead Sports:
ESPN has been searching for the right combination on Countdown for years – it used to be called NBA Shootaround – and the network believes Simmons is the missing piece.
According to the report, ESPN offered Simmons the opportunity to host the show last season but he declined the offer, opting instead to focus on his start-up sports site, Grantland.com.
Simmons, who is based in California, would not have to relocate if he accepted the role; ESPN moved the show's studio from its headquarters in Bristol, CT to Los Angeles last season. The move could be seen as the networks effort to further lure Simmons into taking the job. The current panel on the show is comprised of sports journalists Mike Wilbon and Chris Broussard and former NBA players Magic Johnson and Jon Barry. McIntyre reported that if Simmons does come on board, Broussard would slide into an "unspecified role."