Bill Simmons' 10 Go-To Writing Moves

Like any hugely successful writer, the Sports Guy has his favorite tricks of the trade

Bowing Before the Trade Machine
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Bowing Before the Trade Machine

Getting lost in’s Trade Machine, which allows fans to create mock trades on an easy-to-use interface, is a favorite activity for any basketball nerd, and Simmons in particular loves to burnish his credentials as the "Picasso" of the Trade Machine. He’s good at coming up with interesting scenarios, and it can be doubly fun to watch him spiral off into the wildly hypothetical: One column earlier this year somehow gave Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony to his Boston Celtics.