The Steam Room

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 Dec 7, 2021
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 Jan 11, 2021
This podcast if fun and informative. The topics and guests are not just from sports


After 20 years together on Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about. The Steam Room podcast is the new platform for EJ, Chuck, and weekly guests to explore conversations beyond the world of basketball. Grab your bracelet and step into The Steam Room every Thursday… and please, remember to keep your towel on.

Episode Date
Barkleycast + Josh Allen
In the Season 3 Finale, Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen stops by to talk about competing in The Match on June 1st alongside Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers. Allen also dishes about his (gross) pregame routine, gambling with Chuck in Tahoe, and why Frank Sinatra is the secret to his success on the gridiron. The Legendary TK pits Ernie and Charles against each other in a Season 3-inspired Quiz Game. And Chuck's Answering Machine finally answers the age-old question: is Dr. Putterman real? See for privacy information.
May 10, 2022
Who’s Your Daddy? + Pedro Martinez
Yay-yuh! Hall of Fame hurler Pedro Martinez drops by the Steam Room and delivers his best stuff on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, modern day pitching, and throwing BP to a Montreal Expos draftee named Tom Brady. Chuck's Answering Machine goes global, Ernie gives a lesson in steak-cutting etiquette, and Charles foolishly tries to defend his position on swallowing gum. See for privacy information.
May 04, 2022
Paging Doctor Putterman + Roy Green
Charles’ golfing buddy, Roy Green, surprises The Chuckster in an episode filled with laughs, insults, and an insider account of the "evolution" of Chuck's golf game. TK challenges the guys to a game of 'guess the famous person's real name'. Chuck’s Answering Machine features a call from Amsterdam, a Buc-ee's review, and the wildest thing Chuck did (or didn't do) during his time at Auburn. See for privacy information.
Apr 19, 2022
Reset Your Goals + Taylor Rooks
Chuck and Ernie are back in full swing. Emmy-Award nominated host Taylor Rooks steps inside the Steam Room to talk about her rise in the industry and blocking out the noise. The outstanding interviewer even has a few questions of her own for Charles & EJ. The Chuckster answers a burning question on Chuck’s Answering Machine…has he ever worn Spanx? See for privacy information.
Apr 11, 2022
Indescribable Joy + Clark Kellogg
Clark Kellogg brings his contagious excitement for March Madness into the Steam Room and gets our very own Auburn homer prepared for the D1 Men’s College Basketball Tournament. The CBS analyst shares his sleeper teams, talks player potential and even gives some Grandfatherly advice to the Chuckster. Charles and Ernie share their thoughts on Calvin Ridley’s suspension from the NFL and dive deep into your calls on Chuck's Answering Machine. See for privacy information.
Mar 11, 2022
Principal's Office + Suni Lee
Olympic Gold Medalist Suni Lee joins the Steam Room to chat about her historic freshman season with Auburn gymnastics. SVP of Turner Sports Tara August comes on to set the record straight about Chuck's' claim that Kobe Bryant nearly signed with NBA on TNT. The Answering Machine posits a question none of us were wondering: what's the weirdest thing Charles Barkley has ever eaten? See for privacy information.
Mar 04, 2022
Year of the Dawg + Dominique Wilkins
Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins drops by The Steam Room after a thrilling weekend celebrating the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in Cleveland. The 2x Slam Dunk Champion talks what it means to be named one of the leagues’ 76 greatest legends, how he ended up a Bulldawg and what can be done to refine the Dunk Contest. TK is still in the Olympic spirit with a chilling story you’ll just have to hear. See for privacy information.
Feb 25, 2022
Intermittent Fasting + Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith finds his way in to The Steam Room and Charles cuts right to the chase. The two discuss the lack of Black head coaches in the NFL and the recent allegations made by Brian Flores, in addition to Kyrie, Ben Simmons & Super Bowl predictions. Ernie has a hard time believing Chuck's new diet plan and TK can't help but remind Chuck of his unicorn business opportunity that got away. Chuck’s Answering Machine is flooded with calls disappointed in Sir Charles’ painful birth take. See for privacy information.
Feb 04, 2022
Coin Toss + Larry Miller
Jordan Brand Chairman Larry Miller shares his story of redemption and forgiveness after revealing a 56-year secret. After one of the wildest weekends in NFL history, TK gauges Chuck and Ernie’s thoughts on the league's overtime rules and suggests a formula for picking conference championship winners. Chuck’s Answering Machine’s got swag and first-time dad advice for one of our very own. See for privacy information.
Jan 28, 2022
Ernest Maverick + Candace Parker
2x WNBA Champion, 2021 AP Female Athlete of the Year & loyal steamer Candace Parker makes her way in to The Steam Room to celebrate her incredible year and brainstorm a few baby names. TK has travel on his mind which leads Chuck down a road we never saw coming… is tuna really a delicacy? After ‘ole brown eyes’ big performance last week, Chuck’s Answering Machine was flooded with some not-so-positive reviews. See for privacy information.
Jan 21, 2022
National Champion Energy + Jamaree Salyer
In a Dawg-filled celebration, Ernie and Charles are treated to “house band” as the University of Georgia graduate Quentin Smith plays our beloved theme song, "Glory, Glory," Lizzo (Chuck's favorite) & more. Georgia Offensive Lineman & 2021 National Champion Jamaree Salyer drops by to relive the championship game and provide prospective on the future. And thanks to our very own stand-up bass player, TK has something cooked up for the self-proclaimed "greatest karaoke singer of all time." See for privacy information.
Jan 14, 2022
Back in the Saddle + Alex Toussaint
The fellas are back and eager to start 2022 on the right foot. Peloton Senior Instructor, and one of Ernie’s personal favorites, Alex Toussaint rides in to share his inspirational story, celebrate EJ’s 200th ride and try to get Charles off the Chuckcyle 5000 and onto the Peloton. Chuck’s Answering Machine has a little bit of everything, from ‘interesting questions’ to humbling nods - Ernie and Charles are full of stories and life advice in a truly great episode to tip off the new year (if EJ does say so himself). See for privacy information.
Jan 07, 2022
Lazy Shoppers
Charles, Ernie and TK react to the media frenzy Chuck created after announcing he named his daughter after a mall. Chuck’s Answering Machine received a record number of calls, which inspires conversations surrounding everything from parade appearances to jersey etiquette and the music Sir Charles is bumping in his headphones. See for privacy information.
Dec 15, 2021
Shopping Mall Namesake + Paul Finebaum
Paul Finebaum stops by The Steam Room to breakdown the College Football Playoff, the Dawgs' QB conundrum and shares stories about covering a young Charles Barkley in Alabama. Inspired by Brian Kelly, The Chuckster demonstrates a few, uh, 'unique' accents. Ernie raises his hands, closes his eyes and mouths "Stop" when Chuck reveals the origin behind why he chose his daughter's name. See for privacy information.
Dec 09, 2021
Thinking About Reading + Chuck’s First Date
We go way back with Charles (or Wade as he’s better known in Leeds, Alabama) with a surprise appearance from his prom date, Amy Shorter. The pair exchange memories about their time spent together and how the Chuckster broke her heart on his quest for the Homecoming Queen. TK presents a controversial conversation from another legendary TK, Tony Kornheiser - should sand be in the Toy Hall of Fame? Chuck’s Answering Machine has calls from friends new and old - even a recommendation for his new hobby… reading? See for privacy information.
Dec 02, 2021
Deep Fried + Tom Brady
7x Super Bowl Champion & Executive Producer of The Match Tom Brady stops by The Steam Room to look forward to the rest of the Bucs’ season and back at why he never needed a plan B. TK rewinds the tape for some of Chuck’s most hilarious media run-ins through the years and prompts the question - what is the best press conference of all time? The Chuckster can’t contain his excitement for Thanksgiving or Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau - November 26 on TNT. See for privacy information.
Nov 18, 2021
Love You Too + Peyton Manning
On this episode of The Steam Room, we celebrate the life of Ernie’s beloved son, Michael, who passed away in October at the age of 33. Hall of Famer Peyton Manning stops by to chat about the success (or curse?) of the ‘Manning Cast’, the hardships of winning and the recipe for success for today’s quarterbacks. TK poses a question straight off the Twitter timeline and Chuck’s Answering Machine is sure to soften the heart. See for privacy information.
Nov 10, 2021
Salami Guy + Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson hops into The Steam Room with the World Series underway. The former MLB star gives his Braves-Astros predictions & his thoughts on how to market the game to the next generation. Chuck is in mid-season form as TK makes his return to catch up with the guys. Chuck’s Answering Machine sparks a delicious surprise. See for privacy information.
Oct 27, 2021
The Great Podcast + Wayne Gretzky
It’s HOT in the Steam Room as Ernie and Charles tip off Season 3 with none other than Wayne Gretzky. The Great One talks everything from his new gig at the NHL on TNT desk, Alexander Ovechkin’s record chase and his short stint on the basketball court. Charles doesn’t hold back on his thoughts surrounding Ben Simmons & Kyrie Irving. Chuck’s Answering Machine makes its return with even more spontaneity and sincerity. See for privacy information.
Oct 22, 2021
Keep Your Towel On: Best of Chuck’s Answering Machine (Season 2)
In this bonus episode of The Steam Room, Producer Kap and a few of our loyal steamers take us through some of the hilarious, creative and impactful messages from Chuck’s Answering Machine in Season 2. See for privacy information.
Oct 08, 2021
Keep Your Towel On: Best of Guests (Season 2)
In this bonus episode of The Steam Room, Ernie and Charles take us back through some of their favorite “special, special guest” conversations from Season 2. Featuring equal parts hilarity and impact from their discussions with Jimmy Kimmel, Spike Lee, Magic Johnson, Coach K, Anderson Cooper, Bill Walton, Maria Taylor, Kyle Korver, Tony Dungy, Rick Mahorn, Masai Ujiri & Scott Drew. Keep your towels on, loyal steamers… It’s a good one. See for privacy information.
Jul 29, 2021
Different Stratosphere + Coach K
It’s a LEGENDARY season finale in the Steam Room with Duke MBB coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Hall of Famer joins Charles and Ernie to look forward to his retirement and back at late-nights with the ’92 Dream Team. This episode is full of stories as Charles recounts the time he was afraid to see Coach K at practice, why Michael Jordan never slept and more. A surprise guest joins to discuss the 2021 Black Masters, and Steve Gleason blows EJ & Chuck away with an inspiring message on the answering machine. See for privacy information.
Jun 30, 2021
YES! + Marv Albert
Ahead of his retirement this summer, Marv Albert joins Ernie and Charles in the Steam Room to reflect on his legendary 7-decade-long broadcasting career, share some of his favorite moments from behind the mic, and throw shade at Mike Fratello. Charles commends Naomi Osaka for speaking out on mental health and expresses his gratitude for Coach K. And as always, Chuck’s answering machine delivers a surprise that is sure to brighten your day. See for privacy information.
Jun 11, 2021
Couple of Boneheads + P. K. Subban
New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban skates into The Steam Room to talk TNT’s impending NHL coverage, his passion for charity work and how to foster the next generation of Black hockey players. Legendary producer Tim Kiely stops by for a mouthwatering discussion surrounding summer cookouts. Chuck can’t get enough of the Brooks Koepka & Bryson DeChambeau drama and Ernie DEMANDS Steam Room merch. See for privacy information.
May 28, 2021
Dawgs & Drums + Maria Taylor
ESPN’s Maria Taylor enters The Steam Room to talk about giving the commencement address at her and Ernie’s alma mater, the NBA playoffs, farm life and the incredible legacy of Lavonia Matthews. Drummer dude Harry Miree joins to celebrate his Webby win, make us all smile and team up with Charles for a good cause. Ernie thinks you should watch Whiplash. See for privacy information.
May 22, 2021
Hard Work Being Barkley + Spike Lee
New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee hops into the Steam Room to share his excitement as his team prepares for their first playoff appearance in eight years. The Academy Award-Winning storyteller dishes on one wild night in Barcelona with The Dream Team, and recounts his experience working with the late Chadwick Boseman. As always, the conversation goes bigger than basketball as the trio discusses the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and New York’s post-pandemic recovery. Charles & Ernie look forward to Inside the NBA’s Hall of Fame induction, EJ reveals who made his MVP ballot and Chuck lists something equally important: his favorite sandwiches. See for privacy information.
May 14, 2021
Analytical Guys + Adam Lefkoe
Adam Lefkoe joins Ernie and Charles in the Steam Room to cover everything from the evolution of TNT Tuesdays to tornado chasing, MVP cases and marriage advice. TK cuts his vacation short to drop by and put the Chuckster’s NHL knowledge to the test. Chuck’s Answering Machine delivers again and the guys get a visit from a very special loyal steamer. See for privacy information.
May 07, 2021
The Puck Stops Here + Adam McKay
While TK continues to slack off at the beach, Ernie and Charles invite Academy Award-winning filmmaker Adam McKay into The Steam Room to discuss his new docu-series podcast ‘Death At The Wing,’ his Philadelphia roots and ever-present sense of humor. Chuck shares his excitement for hockey on TNT and for (the first round of) the NFL Draft. Loyal Steamers that have found joy in the podcast return the favor and leave EJ and Chuck with a smile. See for privacy information.
Apr 30, 2021
Fishin’ Buddies + Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel enters The Steam Room to share his love for Inside the NBA, chat about what it’s like hosting a show without an audience, unpack his obsession with the MyPillow guy, and explain how to deal with a guest who is absolutely bombing. Charles shares a controversial theory about blowing smoke. Ernie reveals his most prized personal possession. TK is at the beach catching passes from Dan Marino. See for privacy information.
Apr 23, 2021
National Championship Problems + Scott Drew
Scott Drew joins Ernie and Charles in the Steam Room to chat about the National Champion Baylor Bears, playing pickleball in the Bubble with Mark Few, and politely laughs at every single one of the Chuckster’s jokes. Charles blames the Jeopardy buzzers for letting Martha Stewart beat him on a basketball question, brags about delaying an NBA game to meet Susan Lucci, and defends a Family Feud answer that nearly broke Steve Harvey. See for privacy information.
Apr 16, 2021
Charlie in Charge + Adia Barnes, Rick Mahorn & Allie LaForce
With Ernie on vacation, “Charlie” is calling the shots this week. Fresh off a National Championship game appearance, Arizona Women’s Basketball Head Coach Adia Barnes enters the Steam Room to talk balancing motherhood while coaching, and how she feels about being compared to the Chuckster. Rick Mahorn drops by to give the scoop on which Bad Boys could actually fight, swap Manute Bol stories, and double-down on his claim that Charles should’ve fouled Michael Jordan harder. Allie LaForce joins to discuss fan interaction protocol, and generally just give Chuck a hard time. See for privacy information.
Apr 09, 2021
Cloud 17 + Bill Walton & Andy Katz
The incomparable Bill Walton enters the Steam Room to revel in the celebration of his Bruins' miraculous Final Four run, share lessons learned from John Wooden and Michael Jordan, and wax poetic about his love of rock concerts. Andy Katz joins to preview the remaining Madness and rank the top performances of the Tournament thus far. Chuck’s Answering Machine features a special message from Italy. Hint: it’s from an actor in one of Chuck’s favorite movies. Are you not entertained!? See for privacy information.
Apr 01, 2021
Menudo Madness + Clark Kellogg & Seth Davis
College Basketball analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis enter the Steam Room to get the guys ready for March Madness, and help us all prepare to fill out our brackets. The Legendary Tim Kiely gives an eyewitness account of the Chuckster dancing the horah. Chuck shares a secret about gold medals, and reveals his favorite soup that shares its name with a Latino boy band from the 1980’s. Ernie tries on his Black Masters Jacket, just because he can. Still fits. See for privacy information.
Mar 12, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Inside Story + EJ and TK
To celebrate this weekend's premiere of The Inside Story - the four-part docuseries on over 30 years of Inside the NBA - we're releasing the audio from a special conversation between Ernie Johnson and Executive Producer Tim Kiely! Back in 2018, the two sat down to discuss how Inside broke all the "rules" of television with its entertaining style and unfiltered commentary. Make sure to tune-in to The Inside Story, Friday & Saturday: 9pm ET & Sunday immediately following the All-Star game  See for privacy information.
Mar 05, 2021
The Inside Story + Kenny Smith
Kenny “The Jet” Smith joins Ernie, Charles & legendary Inside the NBA producer Tim Kiely to look ahead to The Inside Story - the four-part documentary celebrating 30 years of the iconic studio show premiering March 4-7 on TNT! A pair of international messages on the answering machine make Chuck thankful to live in America, where he has the option to eat donuts instead of bananas.  See for privacy information.
Mar 05, 2021
Designer Genes + The Bride & Groom
Christiana Barkley and her fiancé Ilya surprise The Chuckster by dropping in to chat about their upcoming wedding, Elk vs. Steak, Hora weight limits, and what it’s like to ask Charles Barkley for his blessing. Charles sends his thoughts to Tiger Woods, and gives his take on Cam Newton’s response to a young heckler. Ernie shares a cautionary tale about autograph seeking. We learn that “Charles,” in Switzerland, is “Charles.” Shoutout Clay Dalrymple! See for privacy information.
Feb 26, 2021
Blowing Smoke + Dan Le Batard & Stugotz
Dan Le Batard and Stugotz join Ernie and Charles to discuss the evolution of sports media, how to achieve diplomatic immunity, Chuck’s feud with Papi, and shirtless FaceTiming. Loyal Steamers help the Chuckster celebrate his 58th Birthday before a weekend of tequila, steak, cigars, and 1917 on Blue Ray.  See for privacy information.
Feb 19, 2021
5'7" Point Guard + Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci joins to answer Ernie & Chuck's questions surrounding vaccine rollout, immunity, double-masking, and his decision to pursue a career in medicine rather than trying to make it as an undersized (but very fast) point guard. Charles asked for song suggestions for his upcoming Daddy-Daughter dance and the Loyal Steamers did not disappoint. Shoutout Johnny Gill! Hold the avocado tequila. See for privacy information.
Feb 12, 2021
The Dream Steam + Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson joins Ernie and Charles in The Steam Room to reminisce on their nights at the ‘Inside’ desk, swap Dream Team stories and laugh about that time Chuck had a worse night than Michael Spinks at the Tyson vs. Spinks fight. The guys talk Super Bowl LV, daddy-daughter dance songs, and for some reason we learn how many times Chuck has thrown up in his life. See for privacy information.
Feb 05, 2021
60% Peanut Butter, 40% Jelly + Dwyane Wade
In this episode Ernie and Charles celebrate the legacy of the late, great Hank Aaron, and pay tribute to NBA TV’s Sekou Smith. Dwyane Wade enters The Steam Room to talk about the return of NBA on TNT Tuesdays, retired life, Kobe Bryant, and optimal sandwich construction. Chuck recalls getting sage advice from Dr. J, and getting cursed out by Bill Russell. See for privacy information.
Jan 29, 2021
Background Music + Tony Dungy, Kyle Korver
Ernie and Charles welcome Hall of Famer Tony Dungy into The Steam Room for a conversation about the lack of Black Head Coaches in the NFL, Conference Championship weekend, and coaching without cursing. Kyle Korver joins to talk about the future of his NBA career, acknowledging his white privilege, and shares some of his favorite Allen Iverson stories. Hope you enjoyed that copy machine, New Jersey! See for privacy information.
Jan 22, 2021
Lowering the Temperature + Anderson Cooper
Ernie and Charles welcome CNN’s Anderson Cooper into The Steam Room for a conversation about America’s slow news week, Trump, Biden, and Dyngus Day. Tim Kiely joins to take his Steelers medicine and get Chuck’s take on the NFL playoffs. This podcast pairs well with Chardonnay and sausage biscuits and a full ride to Northwestern. See for privacy information.
Jan 15, 2021
Grande Latte, Extra Hot + Reggie Miller & Kevin Harlan
Ernie and Charles welcome Reggie Miller and Kevin Harlan into The Steam Room to talk about the challenges of calling NBAonTNT games from home, Giannis’ extension vs. Harden's tension, and Santa’s reindeer. Chuck explains his awkward exchange with Kevin Durant, his love for the McRib and his disdain for black coffee. Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan! See for privacy information.
Dec 24, 2020
That's Humanity with Masai Ujiri
The Steam Room is back for Season 2! Ernie and Charles are joined by Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri for a conversation about adapting to life during the Pandemic, passion versus ambition, and the unifying power of humanity. Tim Kiely gets the guys’ take on the current state of the College Football Playoff race, and Lamar Jackson’s questionable “cramps”. Chuck’s Answering Machine reveals…well, a lot. Probably too much. See for privacy information.
Dec 18, 2020
Best of “Chuck’s Answering Machine”
In Part 2 of this special edition of The Steam Room, Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely takes us through the strangest, funniest, and most creative messages from Chuck’s Answering Machine in Season 1. See for privacy information.
Oct 10, 2020
Best of "Special Guests"
In Part 1 of this special edition of The Steam Room, Ernie takes us through his favorite “special guest” conversations from this season. Featuring JJ Watt, Guy Fieri, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ahmad Rashad, Don Lemon, Maria Taylor, Van Jones, Killer Mike, and Rex Chapman. See for privacy information.
Oct 03, 2020
War Damn Finale w/ Gus Malzahn & Bruce Pearl
After that Georgia Bulldogs stunt Ernie pulled with Maria Taylor last week, Chuck invites a pair of Auburn Head Coaches into the Steam Room. Gus Malzahn and Bruce Pearl talk about the challenges of preparing to play during a pandemic, their roles in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in their community, and the economic impact of Auburn bars missing out on Chuckster’s ‘patronage’ during the season. See for privacy information.
Sep 18, 2020
Glory, Glory w/ Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about the upcoming college football season, the pivotal role that sports coverage plays in the conversation about racial injustice, and her (and EJ’s) beloved Georgia Bulldogs. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely enters the Steam Room to talk Twitter trends and NFL futures. Chuck tries to convince Ernie that cats “aren’t a thing.” See for privacy information.
Sep 10, 2020
Hoya Saxa w/ Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo
Patrick Ewing and Dikembe Mutombo enter the Steam Room for a reverential tribute to their late beloved college coach, John Thompson Jr. The Hall of Fame centers share stories from their Georgetown days, and reflect on the personal impact and enduring legacy left by their legendary coach. Charles explains the story behind his famous ‘Not a role model’ commercial, Ernie challenges Chuck’s definition of what constitutes a sandwich, and that catchy theme song finally gets a lyrical accompaniment. See for privacy information.
Sep 03, 2020
Sick and Tired w/ Chris Webber and Andrew Yang
Chris Webber joins Ernie and Charles to talk about his emotional reaction to the players' boycott in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, and what it’s been like adjusting to life inside the NBA bubble. Former Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang enters the Steam Room for a conversation about the Election in November, the need for police reform, and why he had to break-up with the New York Knicks. A courageous message from the Answering Machine gets the Chuckster tearin’ up. See for privacy information.
Aug 28, 2020
The Old Men and the Steam with JJ Redick
JJ Redick joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about life inside the NBA’s Bubble, the motivational tactics of Coach K, and moonlighting as a podcaster. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely enters the Steam Room to revisit Wednesday night’s legendary Boban interview, and to take the guys’ temperature about unwritten rules in sports. We learn about Drive-Thru Cliff, why grandma shouldn’t fall asleep while watching Psycho, and on the eve of their 38th Wedding Anniversary, the origin story of how Ernie first met his wife Cheryl behind 6 inches of bullet proof glass. See for privacy information.
Aug 21, 2020
Grown Folks w/ Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith joins Ernie and Charles for a conversation about the fate of football in the fall, the weight of being a Black man with a platform on TV, and the everlasting impact of a cherished parent. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely brings a Loyal Steamer on with him to congratulate the guys on their big night at the Emmys. We learn about Chuck’s man crushes, the guys build their ideal ice cream sundaes, and the Answering Machine produces a message Chuck endorses as “the greatest call of all time”. See for privacy information.
Aug 13, 2020
Charles & Company
Ernie and Charles welcome Draymond Green into the Steam Room to talk about his recent broadcast work with TNT, More Than A Vote, and how he feels about the idea of the Warriors joining a “second bubble.” Stan Van Gundy enters to talk with the guys about sleeper teams, becoming a Twitter influencer, and finally settling the age-old ‘cookies vs. brownies’ debate. Inside The NBA executive producer Tim Kiely coaxes Chuck into singing (thanks), Australian accents are butchered, and thanks for the call but Elevator Eddie does not hem pants in the Steam Room. See for privacy information.
Aug 06, 2020
The Gift of Experience
Angels manager Joe Maddon joins EJ and Chuck in the Steam Room for an enlightening conversation about baseball in the time of a pandemic, what life on the road will be like, and his support for players using the national anthem as a time to kneel and express their truth. Charles pays tribute to late Civil Rights icons John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely breaks in to announce the retitling of the Washington Football Team and the entitling of a new hockey team that actually plays in Washington. Chuck’s Answering Machine reveals Ernie’s hidden talent, literally anything can be a cake, and Charles and Draymond have bonded… over Tequila? See for privacy information.
Jul 24, 2020
Block or Charge?
Rex Chapman enters the Steam Room to engage Ernie and Charles in an honest conversation about addiction, recovery, redemption, and how a former NBA player stumbles into a second act as a Twitter influencer. Chuck uses "First of All" to support Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's condemnation of the lack of outrage at the recent spike in anti-Semitic rhetoric. Ernie and Charles exchange humbling laundry stories from their youth. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to remind Chuck of his embarrassing Opening Night prediction. The Answering Machine includes a call from Sweden, a question about Alabama politics, and why you shouldn't bet against Charles on the golf course...sometimes...once in a while. See for privacy information.
Jul 17, 2020
Book by its Cover
Charles' “all-time favorite guest” Killer Mike steps into The Steam Room to discuss the Black community’s need to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize. Chuck was noticeably less excited to welcome in Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith for an overdue catch-up between the Inside the NBA deskmates, including a conversation about the return of the NBA season, and why Chuck is having doubts. Tip of the cap to Baseball's Negro Leagues. Roses for Maya Moore. Wear a mask. Shout out to Bobby Bonilla.  See for privacy information.
Jul 03, 2020
Failing Kindergarten
Ernie and Charles get into the NBA return debate, with Chuck taking the position that the players should step up and play for Adam Silver. 3x NBA Champion Andre Iguodala (7:40) enters the Steam Room to talk about his role as First Vice President of the NBPA Executive Committee, and how players can use 'the bubble' as a platform for activism. CNN commentator Van Jones (22:10) joins the guys for a conversation about probation reform in America, and how the murder of Rayshard Brooks can be traced to a broken system. Tim Kiely (50:23) hijacks Chuck's Answering Machine to surprise EJ and Chuck with Father's Day messages from VERY loyal steamers. See for privacy information.
Jun 19, 2020
Something in the Soil
CNN anchor Don Lemon joins Ernie and Charles for a candid conversation about racial injustice in America, covering the Trump Administration, and finding inspiration in the progressive passion of younger generations. Yahoo! Sports Senior NBA Insider Chris Haynes steps inside The Steam Room to discuss the NBA's return plan, and rumblings of reservations among the players. Haynes reflects on attending a recent protest with his daughter, before sharing his personal experience with racial profiling. Chuck's Answering Machine produces an inquiry Charles calls "one of the best questions I've ever been asked.” See for privacy information.
Jun 12, 2020
It's Time for a Conversation
In this special episode of The Steam Room, we turn it over to the Inside guys, who returned to TNT for the first time since March. Ernie, Charles, Kenny, & Shaq share their feelings about racial injustice, policing, and the reaction to Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling during the anthem. Commissioner Adam Silver joins to discuss the return of the 2019-20 season, how the league is planning to take COVID-19 precautions, and what the NBA can do to help fight racism. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and retired NBA player Stephen Jackson join the conversation to address the murder of George Floyd, understanding white privilege, and how to work towards ending systemic racism. See for privacy information.
Jun 05, 2020
Be a Good Human
In this episode, Ernie and Charles open with an impassioned conversation about the current state of American race relations and the rising tensions between law enforcement and the Black community following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On the back nine, #4 ranked golfer in the world Justin Thomas joins to revisit the most memorable moments from The Match. Former NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf enters the Steam Room ahead of his charity golf match with Barkley to discuss when the NBA will return to Seattle and why Parks and Rec might have been his last acting gig. Underdog (put that on a T-Shirt) calls in to check on the Chuckster and encourage his friend to FINALLY accomplish that lifelong goal of learning Spanish. See for privacy information.
May 29, 2020
Game of Bogeys
Alabama head coach and 6x National Champion Nick Saban drops by The Steam Room to discuss football without fans, the difference between coaching college and the pros, and which TV shows he's been binging during quarantine. Ernie and Charles reminisce about their favorite Game of Zones moments with the series creators Adam and Craig Malamut to commemorate the final installment of the Bleacher Report franchise. Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to regale us with stories from takin' the show on the road. Chuck talks about his upcoming golfing-for-charity challenge during The Match and makes his prediction: Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning or Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady? See for privacy information.
May 22, 2020
The Good Cigars
Ahead of the upcoming finale of The Last Dance, Emmy-Award winning sportscaster and legendary NBA insider Ahmad Rashad enters The Steam Room to discuss his longtime friendship with Michael Jordan and take shots at Chuck’s ‘riff raff’ cigar etiquette. Charles opens up about his relationship with Jordan and the possibility of a reconciliation. MJ’s longtime trainer Tim Grover joins to talk about his legendary 'Breakfast Club' workouts, and gives a first-person account of what really happened the night before the infamous ‘Flu Game.' Chuck reflects on the uncertainty players face amidst a renewed optimism surrounding the return of sports. See for privacy information.
May 15, 2020
Invent the Future
Ernie and Charles welcome Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban into the Steam Room for a thought-provoking discussion about COVID-19’s impact on both the NBA and the economy, and where our country goes from here. Cuban bonds with Chuck over a shared Shark Tank investment, talks The Last Dance, and addresses the possibility of running for President in 2020. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely updates the Chuckster on Twitter’s latest trends, and Chuck’s Answering Machine continues to have worldwide reach…and for that reason, we’re out. See for privacy information.
May 08, 2020
The Best Bad Idea
The Steam Room (from home) continues with special guest J.J. Watt! The 3x NFL Defensive Player of the Year talks quarantine chores, the pressures of hosting SNL, Dennis Rodman's Vegas vacation, and the legend of Charles Barkley speeding tickets in Houston. Ernie and Chuck discuss the future of sports amid coronavirus concerns, and finding silver linings in acts of compassion. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to salute EJ's Journalism School, and a seemingly harmless message on Chuck's Answering Machine leads to an image you won't be able to scrub from your memory...not even with a cheese grater. See for privacy information.
May 01, 2020
Next Stop: Flavortown
On this week's episode of The Steam Room, Charles and Ernie visit Flavortown for a wide-ranging conversation with the Mayor himself, Guy Fieri! Chuck and EJ talk NFL Draft, the real reason for the demise of the Bulls dynasty, and Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely challenges Chuck to a Wonderlic-inspired pop quiz. Don't hang up before you hear Charles' Michael Jackson story... See for privacy information.
Apr 24, 2020
2% Better
The Steam Room is staying home this week with Neurosurgery Resident Dr. Myron Rolle, a former NFL player and Rhodes Scholar on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital. Charles goes "All-In" for coronavirus relief, tells a story about golfing with Michael Jordan, and the guys answer yet another international message from Chuck's Answering Machine. See for privacy information.
Apr 17, 2020
The Gang's All Here
This very special episode of The Steam Room brings EJ, Chuck, Kenny and Shaq back together for the first time since the NBA hiatus began. The crew catches up on Charles' COVID-19 scare, Shaq's confusing appearance in Tiger King, the fate of the 2019-2020 NBA season and more... and don't worry, the laughs are just as loud from home as they are in Studio J! Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins to take Chuck's temperature on Tom Brady moving on to Tampa Bay and Cam Newton's future. Ernie sends love to all of the medial professionals out there on the front lines. Oh, and did we hear Chuck say he's considering joining social media?! See for privacy information.
Apr 10, 2020
On to the Toes, Baby!
On this episode of The Steam Room, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins Ernie & Charles to provide insight on the global Coronavirus outbreak, including the best precautions you can take to stay healthy. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely leads another edition of 'What in the Wide Wide World of Sports' featuring Chuck's take on Spike Lee vs The Knicks, feeling starstruck by Mike Trout, and the art of the commencement speech. EJ and Charles discuss their favorite TV shows and fast food joints, and finally answer the age-old question of what Charles would've done for a living if he couldn't play basketball. Brace yourself for his answer. See for privacy information.
Mar 06, 2020
9-Inch Hands & Doing Just Fine
In this weeks' episode of The Steam Room, Ernie and Charles discuss everything from the NFL collective bargaining agreement to their favorite movies. Channing Frye drops in to talk about his role in bonding the 2016 Cavs together as a team, the importance of veteran leadership for young players, and the destigmatization of mental health in the league today. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely gets the guys' take on Joe Burrow, Deontay Wilder, and a 42-year-old Zamboni driver turned NHL goalie. A message on Chuck's Answering Machine reveals Barkley's roulette strategy... you won't want to miss it. See for privacy information.
Feb 28, 2020
"Happy Birthday to Me, America!"
In this episode of The Steam Room, Ernie celebrates Charles' 57th birthday with a surprise manicure and pedicure. Chuck tees off on the Houston Astros scandal, and Pardon the Interruption co-host Mike Wilbon calls in to wish The Chuckster a Happy Birthday and revisit All-Star Weekend. Inside the NBA Producer Tim Kiely joins The Steam Room to talk about Charles' cameo on The Bachelor, and deliver a special message from Guy Fieri. Chuck's answering machine features a best-of birthday messages from Loyal Steamers. See for privacy information.
Feb 21, 2020
Yes, and... LIVE from NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago
LIVE from Chicago's House of Blues, The Steam Room takes the show on the road for NBA All-Star Weekend! Joined by Chicago native Isiah Thomas, and The Second City's Jordan Savusa and Mary Catherine Curran, EJ & Chuck show off their improv skills and eat like locals with a deep-dish pizza and "Chicago Dog" taste test. Audience members ask Charles questions in a live edition of Chuck's Answering Machine, and a special Loyal Steamer sends the guys an exciting message! See for privacy information.
Feb 15, 2020
The Iceman Cometh
On this episode of The Steam Room, Ernie & Chuck express frustration with the state of American politics, preview the Academy Awards and discuss best picture nominees. Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino, AKA "The Iceman" surprises Chuck by calling in to talk Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs winning Super Bowl LIV, and the evolution of football. Chuck gives his take on the perfect chicken wing, Rick Mahorn's ample backside, and All Star Weekend in Chicago. See for privacy information.
Feb 07, 2020
Moment by Moment
In this week's episode of the Steam Room, EJ and Chuck reflect on the late Kobe Bryant. Matt Mauser calls in to talk about the life and legacy of his late wife, Christina Mauser. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely joins the guys in the Steam Room to talk Super Bowl predictions and prop bets. Charles responds to messages from his Answering Machine, including the best food for watching the big game, and which reality show the Chuckster would like to be on. See for privacy information.
Jan 31, 2020
Bad Luck Chuck
On this episode of The Steam Room, 'Charles Barkley vs. The Internet', Grammy-nominated musician PJ Morton calls in from Sweden, Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely reports this week's most bizarre local news stories, and EJ and Chuck discuss Steam Room towel etiquette, mani-pedi routines, and what it's really like to work with Shaq. See for privacy information.
Jan 24, 2020
Stand Down, Soldier
In the latest episode of The Steam Room, EJ and Chuck discuss the delicate relationship between mental health and sports. Phillies legend Jimmy Rollins shares his perspective on the cheating scandal that has rocked the MLB. Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely returns to report the local news, and the Chuckster responds to a few outrageous voicemails on his answering machine. See for privacy information.
Jan 17, 2020
Nice Towel
EJ & Chuck welcome not one, but TWO guests into The Steam Room! ESPN's Chris Fowler previews the upcoming College Football National Championship game between LSU and Clemson, and ponders the future of college athletics. CNN's Jake Tapper speaks on the developing conflict in Iran, the Democratic presidential candidates and what it's like to cover the unending news cycle in Washington. Inside the NBA's Executive Producer Tim Kiely shares this week's outrageous local new stories, and Chuck responds to a message left on his answering machine. See for privacy information.
Jan 09, 2020
¡Hola 2020!
On this episode of The Steam Room, Chuck and EJ discuss everything from Trump's Impeachment and NFL storylines, to their favorite Christmas songs and bilingual aspirations. The guys react to absurd local news stories with Inside the NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely. Charles shares his New Year's Resolutions and responds to messages on his answering machine. See for privacy information.
Dec 19, 2019
Full Steam Ahead
In this inaugural episode of The Steam Room, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley discuss Le'Veon Bell's bowling, the Patriots filming controversy, and Patrick Reed's bunker dust-up. The guys give their take on the media's coverage of national politics, and welcome in legendary Inside The NBA Executive Producer Tim Kiely to delve into EJ's roots in local news. Chuck checks his answering machine and responds to messages left by fans and a special guest. See for privacy information.
Dec 12, 2019
Introducing The Steam Room
The Steam Room is the new audio vehicle for two of sports media's most iconic personalities, keeping the conversation going beyond from the desk inside Studio J. After nearly 20 years on TNT's Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about, and with this platform they'll tackle new topics in the classic unscripted style that fans have come to love. In addition to NBA talk, EJ and Chuck will dive into current events, pop culture, and even local news. Look for The Steam Room on Thursdays starting December 12th. See for privacy information.
Dec 09, 2019