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Here’s hoping former NBA star Allen Iverson can catch on with a pro basketball club soon before his bank account is drained of another $860,000 to pay off another outstanding jewelry debt. Maybe try a team in Antwerp? In unrelated news...

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments for and against the Stolen Valor Act. OK, quick show of hands — who here knew there was a Stolen Valor Act?

Apparently it’s a 2006 law that makes it a federal crime to sport medals that weren’t earned. The White House and veterans groups support it as an effective means of preserving America’s military awards system. Civil rights activists and fraudulent war heroes argue it will hamper free expression.

Which means that pending the High Court’s ruling, I may have to take down the plaque in my office that proclaims me the “World’s Greatest Lover.”

Congratulations to Lindsay Lohan, who has been tapped to play Hollywood screen legend Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime network television movie.

And while I’m truly happy for the little drunkar.. er, young actress, I can’t help but think they could’ve found someone more appropriate for her to portray — like Kitty Dukakis, or Keith Richards.

Poor Kris Humphries. The New Jersey Nets power forward is enjoying the best statistical season of his career, but still is getting booed in nearly every out-of-town arena his team visits.

Of course, we all know why: His 72-day marriage last year to Kim “The Intellectual Wasteland” Kardashian was largely viewed as a cheap publicity stunt.

Honestly though, I’m not sure Humphries deserves all the ridicule he’s received. After all, at the time of his nuptials, the NBA was in the midst of a labor dispute that threatened to derail the 2011-2012 season. And in response, a number of players signed on with pro clubs overseas to stay in shape and earn some extra money — Humphries essentially did the same thing.

Argentinean pugilist Luis Lazarte sure went out with a bang earlier this month when he was banned for life by the International Boxing Federation for helping to spark a riot following a title fight. The final straw came not after Lazarte head-butted, rabbit-punched and bit his opponent, but rather when he threatened the life of referee Eddie Claudio after receiving a points deduction in Round 6.

In a video clip, Lazarte can clearly be heard asking Claudio, “Do you want to make it out of here alive?” after which Claudio must have asked himself, “Why on earth didn’t I take that job at my uncle’s coffee shop in Buenos Aires?”