Michael Jordan. Walter Payton. Coach K. These are my Lagerfeld, my Dries, my Prada. Yep, I'm a fashion girl, but really a sports freak at heart. I know the difference between a flagrant and a technical foul, and even what ESPY stands for. Which, to my surprise, some of the biggest names in sports don't. (And, yes, there's live evidence.) I went to the City of Angels to interview some of the best — like New York's own J.R. Smith, Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest), and Lisa Leslie — on the red carpet for ESPN's annual ESPY awards.
Find out who is going commando, which NBA player does the best Drake face, and, of course, what these teamsters thought the ESPYs actually stood for ahead. As the great philosopher (and also this year's host of the awards) Aubrey Drake Graham once said, "started from the bottom, now we're here. Started from the bottom now the whole team here," and no phrase has ever felt so true.
Shot by Jack Pearce and Kasandra Baruch, Photographer Jack Pearce