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Ben Lyons NBA All Star Game Selects

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…

It’s NBA All-Star Week. Thank the maker.

Dunks will be slammed. 3 pointers will be drained. Defense will not be played. Defense, with the exception of the occasional 90’s boo-yah block, has never been a thing on All-Star weekend. It may hypothetically win championships but it doesn’t get ratings. Out of all the changes and new concepts introduced to the game, the stop-the-drive-defensive-fundamentals-challenge is not one of them. This year, the NBA played to its strength (bankable star power), scrapped the East vs. West format, and went with Team LeBron James vs. Team Steph Curry. Brilliant pandering. Fans voted for the captains, captains Bron Bron and Steph picked their teams like it was recess kickball, and the kids got to have their cake and eat it. No one was shocked. The NBA knows that it’s 100% a super-star driven league. More so than the NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS, hoops culture has always applauded their…

The 5 Best Dressed Boxers Of All Time

Boxing & Fashion have always gone hand in hand. Back in the day, being the heavyweight champ of the world allowed you to kick it with the everyone from the Italian Mafia, to the President. During the Kennedy administration, you could hang with both at the same time. Being a pugilist meant something. North eastern boxing writer Mike Natalino has a theory – that boxers carried the weight of their people in their American tale, so they had to dress for that mantle. The Italian immigration wave saw Marciano and LaMotta rise to the top of the sport, no doubt propelled by the emotional pulse of their paisons. The civil rights era of the 50’s-70’s saw fighters like Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, and countless other black men emerge and lift their people’s hearts. Hispanic fighters from the 70’s and 80’s like Roberto Duran carried the mantle for the latin population,…