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Off The Bench with Kanell and Bell

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On Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell hosts Danny Kanell and Raja Bell bring their professional sports experience to podcasting. Danny and Raja combined to come off the bench 241 times in their 18 years in the pros, now they're coming off the bench and behind the microphone 5 times a week to give raw sports insight from a former player's perspective.

On Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell hosts Danny Kanell and Raja Bell bring their professional sports experience to podcasting. Danny and Raja combined to come off the bench 241 times in their 18 years in the pros, now they're coming off the bench and behind the microphone 5 times a week to give raw sports insight from a former player's perspective.
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On Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell hosts Danny Kanell and Raja Bell bring their professional sports experience to podcasting. Danny and Raja combined to come off the bench 241 times in their 18 years in the pros, now they're coming off the bench and behind the microphone 5 times a week to give raw sports insight from a former player's perspective.




Episode 276: Breaking down bat flips and baseball etiquette

Danny Kanell and David Samson dive into a discussion on bat flips and baseball etiquette. Next, the Sixers win without Joel Embiid and Josh Rosen finally comments on his offseason full of trade rumors. Danny and David analyze the current state of the AL East and Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Episode 275: The 2019 NFL schedule has been released

Kanell and Bell react to the release of the NFL schedule and discuss what players immediately look for. The guys also discuss James Harden's heroics stretching into the playoffs before breaking down another bat 'flip' and clearing of the benches in baseball. Raja confirms he will not be joining David Griffin in the Pelicans' front office but does offer his thoughts on New Orleans' chances of keeping Anthony Davis. Lastly, spoofing Russell Wilson and picking Thursday night in the NBA. Learn...


Episode 274: Russell Westbrook vs. Damian Lillard is becoming a great NBA rivalry

Kanell and Bell react to a busy night in the NBA playoffs, including the Blazers taking a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder with a focus on Dame vs. Russ, the Raptors and Kyle Lowry responding by blowing out the Magic, and the Nuggets using a brilliant 4th quarter from Jamal Murray to even their series with the Spurs. The guys chat more on Boogie Cousins' injury now that he is officially out indefinitely, as well as what's the latest with the Lakers. Danny and Raja welcome Pete Blackburn to...


Episode 273: Russell Wilson the latest to sign record extension

Kanell and Bell react to the Clippers historic comeback against the Warriors and the impact of losing Boogie Cousins for Golden State. The guys also discuss Russell Wilson's new contract with the Seahawks and Joel Embiid's flagrant foul on Jarrett Allen. Danny and Raja breakdown Zion Williamson declaring for the NBA Draft and something that other sports leagues can copy from hockey!? Finally, NBA Game 2 previews. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Episode 272: Tiger Woods wins Masters, captures first major since 2008

Kanell and Bell react to Tiger Woods winning the Masters and his first major since 2008 (0:20). The guys discuss how incredible his comeback has been and if he will catch Jack Nicklaus. Danny recaps his experience at the Masters (16:00), before analysis of the NBA Playoffs (21:00). We take a look at Paul George's injured shoulder, Kyle Lowry's sluggish start to the postseason, Ben Simmons' struggling and calling out fans, and Steph going off. Finally, it's self-imposed deadline day for...


Episode 271: Please pay attention to Brooks Koepka, More on Masters

Kanell and Bell discuss Day 1 of the Masters (:30) and look ahead to Day 2, focusing on Tiger's performance, Brooks Koepka's stardom, a surprising Phil Mickelson, and a struggling Jordan Spieth. The guys react to more social media drama from Steelers and ex-Steelers (21:45) as well as Nick Bosa's activity on Twitter. Next, Danny and Raja chat more on how news is spread these days in relation to how Dave Joerger found out he was fired by the Kings (33:30). Finally, Masters weekend predictions...


Episode 270: It's all about The Masters

Kanell and Bell are pumped to breakdown all things Masters (1:00), including Dustin Johnson's need for another major, Jordan Spieth's previous success, and Rory's successful season to date. The guys then shift focus to the NBA (20:30), reacting to Raja's Rookie of the Year pick dropping 40 in the regular season finale, then analyzing the East and West playoffs. Danny and Raja discuss Dwayne Haskins not attending the NFL Draft (31:30) and end with some Tiger talk (37:30). Learn more about...


Episode 269: Magic Johnson deserves to get blasted for job with Lakers

Kanell and Bell react to Magic Johnson's surprising decision to step down as president of the Lakers (:30), before analyzing what's next for the organization. The guys then discuss the final home games for Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki (17:00). Next, up a Masters lookahead focusing on Danny and Raja's confidence in Tiger Woods (24:00). CBS Sports NHL writer Pete Blackburn joins to preview the NHL playoffs. And finally, Giannis turns down Space Jam 2 (37:00). Learn more about your ad...


Episode 268: Virginia completes redemption story, wins 1st title

Kanell and Bell react to Virginia winning their 1st ever hoops title (1:00) while focusing on the Cavaliers' redemption story, De'Andre Hunter's huge night and Tony Bennett breaking through. Next, the guys are joined by CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert (15:30) to give an inside look at the legendary career of Dirk Nowitzki. Danny and Raja analyze a players poll (28:00) which labeled Russell Westbrook and Draymond Green as the NBA's most overrated and James Harden as the league's MVP....


Episode 267: Texas Tech vs Virginia for championship following controversial ending in Final Four

Kanell and Bell are joined by Reid Forgrave from Minneapolis to discuss the end of UVA-Auburn (1:00), before diving into previewing tonight's National Championship Game (7:00). The guys also react to claims that Zion Williamson was paid by Nike to pick Duke (12:00). Next, Danny and Raja analyze Antonio Brown's social media jabs towards Juju Smith-Schuster (22:30), Nick Saban's comments on early entrants in the NFL draft (28:30) and the benches clearing in Reds-Pirates yesterday (36:30)....


Episode 266: One-and-dones noticeably absent from Final Four

Kanell and Bell are joined by Matt Norlander and Tim Doyle from Minneapolis to breakdown the Final Four including intriguing storylines, the lack of freshmen talent, the coaches and matchups. The guys discuss Sixers-Bucks or more like Embiid-Giannis, before diving into a Bleacher Report article detailing how egos split up Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy. Next, some Eastern Conference playoff discussion and analysis of the Jets new jerseys. Finally, Final Four picks and Raja's new job! Learn...


Episode 265: BIG3 coming to CBS Sports, will Raja get involved?

Kanell and Bell discuss another ejection from Gregg Popovich (2:30), the red-hot Rockets (9:30) and Doc Rivers as a Coach of the Year candidate (14:30). The guys then analyze whether the Nationals should have thrown at Bryce Harper (19:30), before dissecting the battle for the top pick in the NBA Draft (24:30). Big news next as CBS Sports and the BIG3 agree to a television rights deal to air games this summer (29:30). What's Raja's interest? Finally, Shaq or age 24...


Episode 264: Russell Westbrook has historic night, Russell Wilson sets deadline for new contract

Kanell and Bell breakdown Russell Westbrook's 20-20-20 statline last night vs the Lakers, the Warriors beating the Nuggets and fines for three Golden State stars. The guys then discuss Russell Wilson's desire for a new contract and the Raiders working out some top QBs. Danny and Raja analyze what went wrong for the AAF and comments on coaching from Geno Auriemma. Finally, reaction to Bryce Harper's bat flip and a not very audio-appealing sneaker showdown (check out social media for those...


Episode 263: Zion Williamson should command more than $100 million in shoe deal

Kanell and Bell discuss Zion Williamson's earning potential as he looks to sign a shoe deal (3:00). The guys discuss OBJ being introduced by the Browns (13:30), Ben Roethlisberger's radio show (19:00) and Julio Jones' contract (24:00). Danny and Raja dissect John Calipari's lifetime contract with Kentucky (28:30) and Bryce Harper's return to Washington (33:30). Finally, could LeBron play in the 2020 Olympics (40:00)? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Episode 262: Duke goes down for further proof one-and-dones rarely win titles

Kanell and Bell react to a fantastic Elite Eight (1:30) including Duke going down, the end of Zion's college career, Coach K's performance, and how one-and-dones have hurt the Blue Devils. The guys then discuss LeBron being shut down by the Lakers (18:00) and the failure of his first season in Los Angeles. Next, another officiating controversy to dissect in the NBA (30:30), before an update on Tiger Woods leading up to the Masters. Finally, Tankathon Monday in The Association (40:30). Learn...


Episode 261: Is Zion Williamson guaranteed to be an NBA superstar?

Danny Kanell and Brady Quinn react to Thursday's Sweet 16 games (4:00) including Florida State's exit and questionable coaching and calls in Tennessee-Purdue. The guys also further discuss pass interference rule changes (11:00), the Cardinals options at No. 1 (21:00) and Baker Mayfield's potential second-year jump (26:00). Danny and Brady analyze if Zion Williamson is a lock to own the NBA (29:30), before finishing with some breakdancing talk (46:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Episode 260: The Nationals are better off without Bryce Harper

Danny Kanell is joined by David Samson to recall Opening Day memories (5:30) including a few to forget with the Marlins, the Yankees and Red Sox fighting for AL East supremacy (11:30) and the impact of Bryce Harper's exit in DC (16:30). The guys then discuss how analytics impact the free agent market (22:00), why the MLB fails to market its stars (27:00), before issuing World Series predictions. Danny then discusses OBJ in Cleveland (32:00) and Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma (35:30). Learn more...


Episode 259: Pass interference now reviewable in the NFL

Danny Kanell and guest host Tommy Tran chat fashion to kick things off, which is followed by a dissection Kliff Kingsbury's comments (5:30) on both Josh Rosen and Kyler Murray from the NFL's owners' meetings. The guys also chat the Giants' evolving quarterback plan (13:00) and then focus on the massive change to the pass interference rule in the league (19:00). Next, Chip Patterson joins to break down the Sweet 16 (29:00) including Florida State's chances of upsetting Gonzaga and the status...


Episode 258: Jacob deGrom just the most recent in wave of pricey MLB extensions

Danny Kanell is joined by David Samson to discuss Jacob deGrom's extension (4:00), the MLB offseason, Mike Trout's decision to re-up with the Angels and Noah Syndergaard's critical comments of the Mets organization. Next, David shares Ichiro stories (24:00) after spending last week in Japan to watch his final MLB series. Then, Gary Parrish joins Danny for an NCAA Tournament breakdown (30:30) including how Duke can be beaten. Finally, the never-ending drama in Pittsburgh adds another social...


Episode 257: Duke survives scare, Zion delivers on hype

Danny Kanell and Tommy Tran are joined by Matt Norlander to discuss the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament (1:00) with a focus on Duke barely edging UCF and Ja Morant's impressive 2-game performance. Danny and Tommy also discuss the outrage around Tom Izzo berating a player during a tourney game (17:00) and Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement (29:00). Finally, Lane Kiffin doesn't appear to be a fan of the transfer portal (39:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...