PBT Podcast: Author Jonathan Abrams talks “The Wire,” LeBron James, more

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It’s more than just basketball on today’s podcast.

Author Jonathan Abrams, who has been one of the best NBA writers for years, has a new book out, an oral history of the legendary HBO series “The Wire” called “All The Pieces Matter.” You can read an excerpt right now at The Ringer, and the book drops Feb. 13.

Abrams joins Kurt Helin to discuss how the book came about, what he learned about the show writing it, and the show’s cultural impact now, many years after it shut down production.

There is NBA talk, also. The two also get into what is going on in Cleveland with LeBron James and the Cavaliers — Abrams previous book was about the “preps to pros” generation of the NBA — as well as whether the NBA should bring back high school players in the draft. There’s even a little discussion of the tension between referees and players.

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