Is Matt Barnes’ “All the Smoke” Podcast a Success or a Fail? Analyzing NBA Champ’s 4 YO Venture

Published 12/07/2023, 3:04 PM EST

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Four years ago, two NBA veterans started the All the Smoke podcast. With little to no faith coming their way from the outside world, they embarked upon a journey, and it is now one of the biggest sports podcasts in the world. Despite all the naysayers, the two have made their mark and are ready to expand in the upcoming year.

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Recently, Matt Barnes made a major announcement regarding their show. Matt Barnes joined the Dan Le Batard show to announce that All The Smoke is joining Meadowlark Media and DraftKings Network starting January 1st. So before their big day, let’s have a look at how the show has progressed and its reception.

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The episode ‘0’ of the podcast premiered on October 21st, 2019 where the duo discussed the new NBA season. The official first episode of the podcast premiered three days later on October 24th with guest J.R. Smith. Since then, the duo has gone on to shoot a total number of 208 episodes. The Showtime website describes the show as an “authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball, including culture, social justice, politics, music, and more.” Over the years, that is exactly what has been delivered to the audiences from Barnes and Jackson.

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However, their journey to this point wasn’t as easy. During its initial days, the podcast received a lot of flack from people in the media business as they termed it “The NBA’s worst.” Phil Mushnick reported on April 18th, 2020 stating “Another shameless network is exploiting the NBA’s worst.” The New York Post report read, “How can a show predicated on bottom-feeding be classified as “intelligent”?”

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The podcast’s official Instagram handle uploaded screenshots of the said articles with the cation “From “The NBA’s worst” to media moguls”. They topped it off with DJ Khaled’s iconic ‘They didn’t believe in us. GOD DID’ line.

 

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They also thanked their fans for their continued support and said that the feeling was mutual.

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Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson are set to join a new network

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The iconic NBA duo will soon appear on Meadowlark Media and DraftKings Network from the beginning of the new year. Barnes, during his recent appearance on the celebrated Dan Le Batard show, made this announcement. Le Batard welcomed this decision as he posted about it on X with the caption “Amazing news and an amazing partnership!!”

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Barnes quoted his post on X and responded with “Excited about the nxt chapter”. There is no doubt that Barnes and Jackson are pioneers in this field and have worked for everything they’ve earned through this show. Going by their impressive track record, the new journey is going to be another feather to their cap.

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Prateek Singh

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