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Five memorable moments from the 2016 ESPYs, including a stark opening with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade

Five memorable moments from the 2016 ESPYs, including a stark opening with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade

For the uninitiated, two questions can arise with regard to the ESPY Awards: What are they, and why are they so long?

A somewhat cumbersome acronym for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award, the ESPYs date back to the pop cultural ascendance of their parent network in spring of 1993, when ESPN helped change the face of sports with highlights and the catchphrase-slinging anchors of its flagship show “SportsCenter.” The first show was hosted by Dennis Miller, and each show highlights the best in the year of sports just as the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys look to their disciplines of choice.

Since then ESPYs have shifted from New York to Los Angeles, where the...

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