“This story was encouraged by someone in LeBron James’ inner circle helping to prepare for the inevitable, when LeBron James takes his annual break before the postseason.”
With Kevin Love’s injury suddenly propelling LeBron James' long-term usage this season into the forefront, Ben Maller wonders if it was an inside job from LeBron’s camp to get their client some R & R during the NBA’s stretch run.
LeBron loyalists are arguing that the eternal MVP is tied for the league lead in minutes per game, but Maller likes to point out that if you take all his DNP’s into account for rest, he actually ranks 12th in the league in cumulative minutes.
With Cleveland’s Finals chances obviously having zero correlation with their seed, Ben Maller thinks LeBron’s wear-and-tear shouldn’t even be a topic of conversation, as LeBron could sit out the rest of the regular season and Cleveland would still have three-walkovers to the Finals with whatever spot in the standings they secured.
When the moon comes out, Ben Maller emerges with the most compelling overnights in sports talk radio. One of the original sports bloggers, Maller brings his token sarcasm, informative insight and stimulating opinions to sports fans each evening, while taking calls from listeners nationwide.
About The Host
Ben Maller is host of FOX Sports Radio's Ben Maller Show. Launched nationally in January 2014, the overnight program broadcasts weekdays from 2 - 6 a.m. ET/11 p.m. - 3 a.m. PT, live from the network's studios in Los Angeles, Calif. One of the original sports bloggers, Maller brings his token trademark sarcasm, informative insight and stimulating opinions to sports fans each evening.
Nicknamed "Big Ben," Maller joined FOX Sports Radio a month after the network's debut in 2000, and served as an update anchor and weekend talk show host for the network until the launch of his overnight show in 2014.
Prior to FOX Sports Radio, Maller worked at KXTA "XTRA Sports 1150" in Los Angeles, Calif., where he hosted the popular midday program Ben & Dave Show, in addition to anchoring the post-game "Dodger Talk" with former longtime voice of the Dodgers, Ross Porter.
Maller has served as an International Correspondent for New Zealand's Premier Sports Station, "Radio Sport," since 2009, and previously worked as a television sports pundit at NBC Sports Network in Stamford, Conn., in addition to guest-hosting a number of local sports radio shows in Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo. and Anaheim, Calif. He began his career as a radio reporter for "XTRA Sports 690," the 77,000-watt all-Sports blowtorch signal in San Diego, Calif. (XETRA).
Aside from his radio and television assignments, Maller enjoyed a successful career as a provocative sports blogger, launching sports news and gossip website BenMaller.com before writing nationally for FoxSports.com and Yahoo Sports (Postgame.com).
Outside of work, Maller has inspired many with his ongoing, successful battle against obesity, losing more than 200 pounds naturally by changing his diet and fitness routine.