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ESPN The Magazine 05.07.18

ESPN The Magazine is for the NEXT generation of sports fans who want to stay on top of the athletes, teams, topics and upcoming events in their own sports world. The Magazine celebrates not only sports, but the cultures and lifestyles that are an integral part of them - all with ESPN's unique personality and authority.

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3 min.
jurassic world

How do you capture genuine friendship in a still image on a set with lots of people watching? That was the biggest question on my mind while shooting Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Prior to the shoot, I studied up on the besties by watching their postgame interviews. There’s something really organic—and goofy, so goofy—about their chemistry in those interviews that I wanted to portray in my photos. Once we got to shooting, it became apparent that DeMar wasn’t as comfortable with my direction, but all it took was for Kyle to push him a little bit and he loosened right up. Add an arcade basketball game to the equation and the rest is pure camera gold. MORE ON PAGE 42 Toronto’s Lowry (foreground) and DeRozan handled the East…

4 min.
the numbers

In the run-up to the NFL draft, there’s been an enormous amount of chatter about whether the Giants should trade Odell Beckham Jr. The numbers say that’s a preposterous idea, for reasons that go far beyond the particulars of Beckham’s own situation. Let’s start with our old friend the bell curve: Graph how people in any large group perform at any task and you’re likely to get a hump-shaped line. Which means that as an athlete gets better at his primary job, he keeps much rarer—and much more valuable—company. The free agency market recognizes this ironclad reality, and so do fantasy leagues. A player who throws for 40 touchdowns (or hits 40 homers or scores 40 goals) will, on average, cost far more than twice as much as one who gets to…

31 min.
skin deep

He has one of the most famous faces in football, despite the care he takes to keep it shadowed. It’s a fearsome face, both fatherly and somewhat fanatical, the face of a tender executioner. It shows everything and nothing, and hides everything and nothing. It is stoical, its primary expression a manifestation of will and its secondary expression an acceptance of fate. It distrusts elation as much as it distrusts despair and is particularly good at exhibiting, and then instantly recovering from, disappointment. Its primary features are those of a man going incognito—a beard, the hat pulled permanently down low over his eyes, which tell all his secrets. His eyes never stop moving until they settle, like spotlights, on the object of their outrage or affection. It is not the…

2 min.
what beats an ace? this guy

For me, the way I approached the game, it didn’t matter who was on the mound. They were going to have their opportunity to strike me out, and I was going to have my opportunity to get some base hits. But for those guys who were extra special, before you even stepped in the batter’s box, those guys would already know if you were ready to hit. They’d track you all the way down from the dugout and see your body language. Those guys would take you to the next level physically and mentally. If you go to Atlanta and you’re facing Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz, if you get two, three hits in that series, you won. When you’d go to Houston and they had Wade Miller and Roy Oswalt, and later…

4 min.
to live and rhyme in la

Inside an LA recording studio, 20-year-old Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, would-be franchise savior by both day and night, and rapper when he’s got a minute, goads me to his microphone and hands me his lyrics. “You got this,” Ball says. There’s one problem, though. “We gotta move the mic way down,” quips the 6-foot-6 point guard as he adjusts the mic to its lowest point—at my hair. “Anybody got a stepping stool?” he asks. And with that, the No. 2 overall pick let me into his creative sanctuary—where he recorded Born 2 Ball via his own Big Baller Music Group—for a chat about his music, his incoming baby and a promising young squad that has some Lakers fans imagining a bright future, with or without a certain proven franchise savior from Ohio. ESPN:…

2 min.
jordan clarkson

How would you describe your style? Unique, different, creative. It’s really about what I feel like wearing that day. I just like to be comfortable, really. Do you take risks with your style? Yes, sometimes. I Iike to have fun. I’ve worn a kilt before. I’m not too sure what inspired me to do it, I just liked it. It was cool. What are some of your favorite NBA cities to shop in during the season? New York, of course, Miami—even Detroit. There’s a store in Detroit I like to go to called Revive. I love that place. They have the best stuff, things you don’t see anywhere else. That’s my favorite place. Do you plan outfits ahead of time before the season? Not really. For road trips, honestly, most of the time I don’t even wear…