Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time Pro Bowler for the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, will officially join ESPN as a NFL studio analyst. Lewis, who ended his legendary career after leading his Ravens to winning the Super Bowl in his final NFL game, will join Stuart Scott, Steve Young, & Trent Dilfer by traveling to the site of each week’s Monday Night Football game where he will offer analysis during the pre-game Countdown and post-game SportsCenter. Lewis will contribute to Sunday NFL Countdown throughout the season and make a weekly appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. “ESPN is such a big part of how fans watch and experience sports, especially the NFL, so I’m excited to join their team,” Lewis said in a press release. “I’m ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player. I can’t wait to work with my new teammates, many of whom I’ve already known for years.” The 17-year NFL veteran will also have the opportunity to host specials similar to Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series. He is expected to start on August 1.
Good news, Chicago. Chicago Bulls point guard and former NBA Most Valuable Player, Derrick Rose, has been cleared by doctors to return to the league. Don’t get to excited yet, fans. It has been reported that Rose is still hesitant to return to the game and wants to be able to mentally trust his leg before he can go all out. Although being “cleared to play” is a lot different in Rose’s case, the explosive guard once to be just that upon returning to his hometown team.
Via ESPN Chicago:
Rose, who had surgery to repair a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on May 12, has been videotaped dunking off each foot, but more casually than he would during a game. A source said that although he has been practicing and scrimmaging hard, he told the Bulls that until he feels “in his mind” he can confidently dunk off his left foot in a game situation, he is not 100 percent mentally ready to return to competition. The team is not pressuring Rose, the source said, but the Bulls are confident he will return this season and are still hoping for a mid-March return, which would mark 10 months after his surgery. The Bulls play at Golden State on March 15. The source said the team has been assured by Rose’s doctor that there is no more chance of the former MVP getting injured upon his return than anyone else and that the doctor told the Bulls that physically “he can play now.” Rose is now dealing with the psychological side of trusting his body.
Rose tore his ACL in late April of last year in the first game of the 2012 NBA playoffs. Now, it’s all on him to see when, and if, he will return this season with his Bulls firmly in the playoff hunt.
Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and boxing icon Mike Tyson (pictured) have just announced their upcoming cable series “Being.” It will feature the famed sports figure in an all-access way, pulling no punches when it comes to letting viewers see who the man behind the tribal facial tattoo really is. It will be shot documentary style. The Tyson segment will spearhead a slew of programs on the network. It is rumored to be an ESPN rival, according to Fox Sports.
Already being touted as a “not your typical 24-hour sports network,” the “Being” series, which is in production now, will spotlight Tyson as not only a boxing legend; it will show him as a family man, husband and dad who is trying to maintain the life that he has established in Nevada. The “Being” series comes on the heels of the autobiographical one-man Spike Lee-directed Broadway show that Tyson appeared in last year. The former heavyweight champ has also appeared in multiple movies and has done TV guest spots.
Mache Customs tells us the story behind his journey to create LeBron James a special 1-of-1 custom design which culminates with an actual in-person delivery to “The King”. Check out LeBron’s reaction to receiving the custom pair of “Iron Man” Nikes at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston.
LeBron James ultimately does whatever LeBron James wants to do. One thing fans have been pretty much begging King James to do, to no avail, is participate in the NBA’s annual Slam Dunk contest. Now Earvin “Magic” Johnson has gone on the record to say he’ll put up $1 million for James to enter the contest. There has always been discussion of why James keeps ducking the contest. But the talk reached a fever pitch after a video of James easily performing a between the legs dunk during pregame warm ups went viral. Johnson clearly feels strongly that James should take his skills to All-Star Saturday next year. ”I’ma put up a million dollars to get him into the contest,” said Magic during Friday‘s (March 1) ESPN pregame show. “A million dollars from Magic to LeBron, please get into the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you. A million to the winner. Bam, nuff said.” The milli is a bump in pay for whoever wins. According the NBA, the dunk contest winners earns $100,000 while the runner up gets $50,000. James is probably scared that he’d enter the contest, and God forbid, take an L. But hey, even Michael Jordan lost his first time out. The NBA Slam Dunk contest could use an All-Star caliber player, or two or three. Bet you already forgot the name of who won this year’s contest. Let us know if King James should take Magic up on his offer, or if you think the dunk contest doesn’t really matter, in the comments. Watch Magic put up the dough, and some of LeBron’s sick warm up dunks, in the video below.