Jackie Macmullan

The Ringer

NBA Playoff Character Awards With Chris Ryan and Tyler Parker, Jackie MacMullan on Celts-Bucks, and Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan and Tyler Parker to discuss Tyler’s five favorite characters in the NBA playoffs (2:21). Then Bill talks with Jackie MacMullan about the Celtics-Bucks Round 2 series currently tied at 1-1, the difficulty of officiating Giannis Antetokounmpo, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka helping his team find their identity, why it is so difficult to predict the series outcome, and more (41:29). Finally Bill is joined by Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam to talk about going on tour for the first time since the pandemic, navigating working as a solo artist while still remaining an integral part of Pearl Jam, why the Utah Jazz haven’t been successful with their roster, Seattle’s grunge scene in the ’90s, rumors of the SuperSonics returning to Seattle, and more (1:18:43).
Picture for NBA Playoff Character Awards With Chris Ryan and Tyler Parker, Jackie MacMullan on Celts-Bucks, and Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament
Bleacher Report

Jackie MacMullan: Michael Jordan Would Wonder Why He Gave Kobe Bryant His Secrets

Michael Jordan apparently second-guessed himself while passing down his basketball knowledge to Kobe Bryant early in his career. NBA reporter Jackie MacMullan discussed her conversations with Jordan for her podcast the Icons Club during an appearance on The Hoop Collective (6:30):. "Kobe called Jordan sometimes in the middle of the...

Jackie MacMullan Questions What's LeBron James' Biggest Motivation Right Now: "I Don’t Know What’s Most Important To Him Now... Trying To Catch Michael Or Play With His Son?

LeBron James and Michael Jordan will always be compared to each other after they both dominated the game and made history, by winning individual and collective awards while destroying opponents on the court. Using different methods, they became the two greatest players of all time, with Jordan ranking higher than...
The Ringer

How Kobe and Shaq Gained Entrance to the NBA Icons Club With Jackie MacMullan

The Ringer’s Jackie MacMullan joins Logan and Raja to talk about her new podcast Icons Club on the Book of Basketball 2.0 feed, which chronicles the brotherhood within the NBA of the best and most influential basketball players of all time. They get into the upcoming episode about Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal and tell a hell of a lot of stories from that era (0:40). Then they discuss which players from this current era of the NBA will make it into the Icons Club (36:30), before each awarding their Real One of the Week.
The Ringer

It’s OK to Love College Basketball and the NBA, Wilt vs. Russell Stories, and What’s Next for LeBron With Jackie MacMullan. Plus, Author Michael Lewis.

Russillo shares his thoughts on the beauty of the NCAA tournament and the national champion Kansas Jayhawks (0:29) before talking with Jackie MacMullan about her new narrative podcast, Icons Club, the friendship and rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, the 2022 Celtics’ turnaround, LeBron James’s future after a crushing Lakers season, and more (12:13). Then Ryen talks with author and journalist Michael Lewis about some of his books, including The Premonition, The Fifth Risk, Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House, Moneyball: The Art of Winning, and more (43:34). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:17:12).
The Ringer

How Dr. J Bridged the ’70s to the Modern NBA With Jackie MacMullan

Chris and Seerat start the pod by sharing their reactions to the fight between Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler during the Heat’s loss to the Warriors on Wednesday night. They’re then joined by The Ringer’s own Jackie MacMullan to talk about her new podcast, Icons Club. They begin the conversation by detailing the necessary elements to be included in the prestigious group (5:00). They then shift their focus to the legacy of Julius Erving and analyze the myriad ways he impacted the history of the NBA and the Philadelphia 76ers franchise (15:30). Next, they discuss some of the other players that exist on the periphery of the club’s core legends like Isiah Thomas, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and, in particular, Dwight Howard (30:48). They wrap things up by acknowledging Dr. J’s contribution to the modern player empowerment era and Jackie reveals how making Icons Club has changed her perspective on basketball (38:53).
The Ringer

NBA Teammate GOATS and ‘Icons Club’ With Jackie MacMullan, Plus Juiciest NFL Story Lines With Danny Kelly

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Jackie MacMullan to discuss Kevin Garnett’s jersey retirement, the all-time best NBA teammates, NBA players’ media presence vs. that of other pro athletes, examining the new-look 76ers as the playoffs loom, Jackie’s new podcast Icons Club, and more (2:29). Then Bill talks with Danny Kelly about the five biggest NFL offseason stories, including the Broncos reloading with Russell Wilson and Randy Gregory, Tom Brady unretiring and returning to the Buccaneers, the Colts giving up on Carson Wentz, and more (1:05:01).
The Ringer

Luka and Zion Concerns, the Feel-Good Cavs, and Panic-Trade Predictions With Jackie MacMullan

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Jackie MacMullan to discuss Luka Doncic coming into the season out of shape and Zion Williamson’s injury setback and weight concerns. They also discuss some possible trade teams, including the 76ers, Pacers, Knicks, and Pelicans, before getting into the fourth-place Cavaliers, the Hawks’ defensive struggles, Anthony Davis, and more.
The Ringer

Lakers-Warriors, Simmons Suspended, Ayton’s Non-max, and Surging Cowboys With Jackie MacMullan and Ben Solak

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons shares his thoughts on the Lakers’ loss to the Warriors in their season opener, the Astros’ Game 4 ALCS win over the Red Sox, and Dodgers-Braves Game 3 (2:00), before he is joined by Jackie MacMullan to talk about Ben Simmons being ejected from 76ers practice and suspended for one game, causing him to miss the season opener vs. the Pelicans. They also discuss the Suns neglecting to sign Deandre Ayton to a contract extension, expectations for the Warriors’ season, potential “tailspin” teams, Eastern Conference contenders, and more (19:55). Then Bill talks with The Ringer’s Ben Solak about NFC Super Bowl contenders, takeaways from the Bills’ Monday-night loss to the Titans, reassessing the Patriots’ free-agency spending, and more (1:23:35).

ESPN World Paid Tribute To Jackie MacMullan Today

Earlier this month, sports fans learned one of the most prominent journalists at ESPN would be retiring at the end of August. Jackie MacMullan, one of the most accomplished journalists at ESPN, called it a career – at least with the Worldwide Leader. ESPN announced earlier in the month that her final day would be August 31.

Jackie MacMullan, Who Paved The Way For Women Sportswriters, Retires After 4 Decades

Careers that span four decades are rare in sports journalism, even more rare for women. So take a moment to consider the career of Jackie MacMullan. She's been covering sports for The Boston Globe starting in 1982, then Sports Illustrated, then on to ESPN. She's covered the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics. She is especially known for her reporting and her columns on the NBA. Well, this week she is retiring. Here's part of what she said on Tuesday.
Boston Globe

Kudos to Jackie MacMullan, who led the way for so many — including me

It’s no secret that the newspaper industry isn’t what it used to be, and the reasons are far too complex to solve here. For those of us who either remain in it or consider ourselves a product of it, however, there is a deep and abiding affection for the experiences that built us, the days that propelled us into this present wilderness that is the media landscape.
The Ringer

Notes From My Lazy Vacation. Plus Jackie MacMullan on Why She’s Retiring (and Lots More).

Bill Simmons shares some stuff he wishes he’d been able to talk about while he was on vacation, including: the Red Sox’s stumbles, SummerSlam in Las Vegas, the Olympics, HBO’s The White Lotus, Jeopardy!, and more (4:30). Then Bill is joined by Hall of Fame journalist Jackie MacMullan to discuss her retirement from ESPN, the recent Bleacher Report interview with Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, stories from 40 years of covering sports, maintaining journalistic integrity in a changing media landscape, and more (33:00).

Jackie MacMullan, longtime NBA journalist, retiring from ESPN after decade with company

Longtime NBA journalist Jackie MacMullan will retire from ESPN on Aug. 31, ending a decade-long tenure with the company. MacMullan, who has been an NBA reporter for 40 years, joined ESPN in 2010 after a long career with The Boston Globe. She has appeared on every ESPN platform, as a senior writer for as well as on SportsCenter, The Jump and Outside the Lines. She has also made nearly 900 appearances on Around the Horn. She'll cap her ESPN career with an Around the Horn appearance on Aug. 31.