Saying Ben Lyons balls bi-coastally is an understatement. He was born and raised in the City-That-Never-Sleeps and now resides full-time to the City-That-Chills-The-Most. Los Angeles’ amazing weather, legalized pot and competitive sushi lunch culture don’t hurt its chill factor.
Currently, he splits lanes between hosting a weekly show for NBA-TV / Twitter Sports called THE WARMUP, his on-air duties at ESPN-Los Angeles, and being a producer and contributor to FRANCHISE Magazine. He also hosts “Oscars All Access”, the Emmy Award-winning official live stream coverage of The Academy Awards. Somewhere in that vortex of sports and entertainment, Ben finds time for his own projects and was recently named Chief Correspondent of Derek Jeter’s new platform the Players’ Tribune.
Ben’s New York roots run deep. His grandfather was legendary NY Post columnist Leonard Lyons, and his old man is Jeffery Lyons, one of the most respected film and theater critics alive. Ben’s culture stream has been more ballgame than ballet, however, his voice and vantage are more original than Kidd-Gilchrist’s jump shot.
We at Wanderset love basketball culture. We’ve hung with Draymond Green at Del Toro’s pop up in NYC this winter and consider a lot of the players in the league friends, so collaborating with our man Ben is a layup for the win well before the buzzer.
Ben curated a dope Set List for this week’s NBA hardwood extravaganza, and like any great sports commentator gave us a play-by-play sound byte for each jawn.
Ball hard, kid. Ben Lyons x Wanderset just drew up the play.
REPRESENT CLO : Essential Bomber Jacket
It’s rarely too hot in LA, and it’s rarely too cold. It’s weird. This jacket won’t save you from a snow storm, but it’s All Star Weekend in Los Angeles, and the only Snowman in town will be Jeezy anyway.
36 CHAMBERS : Wu Tang Seal Cosmetic Bag
When NBA dudes walk in to the arena, and the TV cameras film them like they are walking on a Paris fashion show runway, I always love seeing the high end toiletry kits the guys carry with them as they head into the locker room. What’s in there bro? Do you bring your own shampoo? I want to know what kind of moisturizer Victor Oladipo is rocking. Is that weird? Yo Steven Adams, can I borrow some q-tips? Now instead of getting the Tumi or Louis toiletry bag that every player has, players can roll with this toiletry bag, with the red interior and dual zippers, and represent the Wu in the bathroom…
NIKE AIR MAX 90s (ANTHRA x BLACK)
Shouts out to Thabo Sefolosha. He’s the only dude in the NBA to ball in Air Max 90’s. He started wearing them a few years ago after he got his ankle broken during an altercation with New York City Police when he was arrested outside 1 Oak when he played for the Hawks. (He recently received a $4 million dollar settlement from the police department after he claimed false arrest, and a bunch of other messed up things the cops did to him.) He plays for The Jazz now, which are my second favorite team in the NBA. My wife is from Utah, so they are officially my “Team In-Law”.
UNDEFEATED : Strike Delta Ball Cap
When I think of NBA All Star Weekend being in LA, one of the first brands that comes to mind is Undefeated. I remember when I still lived in New York and I would visit LA it was always a special feeling getting to go to Undefeated (the store). They are consistent and always on point. Not just in their own products and the brands they carry in their stores, but from the people they employ to who runs the show over there, all first class.
VELOUR BY NOSTALGI : Adan Navy Chino
As I’m getting older, I’m getting more into pants that aren’t jeans, and aren’t suit pants. I don’t know, I guess a part of me thinks they are cleaner than jeans and more comfortable and can work in whatever room you find yourself in. I’ve never wanted to be a guy talking sports in a suit, but I also don’t want to look like how I look Monday morning after All Star Weekend on my couch, so these are in between.
VAINKIN : Heather Grey T Shirt
I love LA fashion because the biggest movie producer in the world can go to a dinner meeting at the nicest restaurant in the city, in a grey t-shirt. You can go to a Clippers game and then to a bar downtown, in a grey t-shirt. You can go to a big audition, on a first date, or to a movie premiere…in a grey t-shirt. Basically, in LA, you can do whatever you want. Nobody cares.
BONUS : OT
I’m very proud to be a small part of the amazing team that puts out FRANCHISE Magazine. We just released Issue 4, and I wrote an article in there about Serge Ibaka’s Basketball Academy in The Congo. The magazine celebrates the game and the art and culture that it creates around the world. There are great articles and interviews and photo spreads in this edition by Saadya Gellends about the artist Nina Chanel Abney, by Brooklyn based photographer Emiliano Granado, and a profile on Paul Rivera by everyone’s favorite NBA Twitter follow @CountOnVic.
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