By Miki Turner
Special to Page 3
HOLLYWOOD -- On a sweltering day with temperatures approaching triple digits, hot movie stars and athletes lost their cool as they wiped beads of perspiration from their brows, and tried to hide the sweat stains under their shirts on the red carpet at the 12th Annual ESPY Awards.
Don't they know that real superstars never sweat? They just go through the back entrance like Tom Cruise, Kevin Garnett and Denzel Washington and avoid the scorching sun altogether.
But among the hot and sweaty were: LeBron James, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Serena Williams, Lisa Leslie, Joe Theismann, Larry Brown, Gary Payton, Derek Fisher, Ray Lewis, Michael Chiklis, Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm, Andy Roddick, Cedric the Entertainer, and Dwight Howard.
As always, it's not who was there that's important -- it's what they wore, what they said and what they did when they thought the cameras weren't rolling. Your trusty spies at Page 3, however, caught it all.
Seen, Heard, Said:
BEST COORDINATED OUTFIT
BEST JAMES DEAN IMPERSONATION
BEST NORMA DESMOND IMPERSONATION
BEST FRENCH CUFFS
Lisa Leslie in beige chiffon.
BEST LOOKING COUPLE
MOST PIMPED OUT
MOST PRETTY IN PINK
MOST APPROPRIATELY DRESSED FOR THE OCASSION
"The first thing he needs is a get out of jail free card."
Ken Howard ("The White Shadow") commenting on Kobe Bryant's future.
"Oh, throwing out the first pitch, definitely. Girl fights are so common."
"Right now I can feel the sweat dripping down my legs!"
"Keep him blocked. I just don't want him hitting me."
"Wasn't the game good though? The game was real, real good! And I got a good pay day on it."
"I made a commitment. Jerry Buss is a great owner. My commitment is to be on the Lakers and play basketball and I think I will be doing it."
"I decided to wear Aneres, which is my company and which is also my name spelled backwards."
"I'm so lost."
Seen at the After-Party
Luke Walton and Kareem Rush talking on their cells in front of the bar. I could have sworn I heard one of them mention the name Shaq.
Lisa Leslie and her mother chatting up Lindsey Hunter of the Detroit Pistons.
Dr. J picking up a glass of white wine at the bar to go with his pasta.
Diana Taurasi posing for photos with a plethora of men about half her size.
Emeka Okafor finally removing his hat.
Eli and Peyton Manning in deep conversation. Peyton was probably telling baby bro that he needs to know when to leave the party.
Miki Turner covers the good life in LA. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.