Rare Air: LeBron on cusp of passing Jordan’s scoring mark

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery To put the streak in context, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is third at 787 games, followed by Karl Malone at 575. Among current players, James Harden is second to James with 257 games, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.James typically avoids talking about his accomplishments, saying that’s what he’ll do once he retires. But the double-digit scoring streak, which dates to Jan. 5, 2007, and an eight-point game against Milwaukee in his fifth season, has turned him somewhat reflective.“I’ve stayed available, obviously,” James said following a 41-point, 10-rebound, 8-assist performance in a win over the Hornets. “I haven’t played every game but for the most part I’ve played over 70 percent of my games throughout that journey. … It’s just another feat for me to be appreciative and humbled by what I’ve been able to do. And just knowing where I come from, I look at it and say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m in this position,’ knowing where I come from.”As a child being raised by a single mom, James found father figures in the coaches who helped him refine his game. There were others in Akron, Ohio, who protected the basketball prodigy and made sure he didn’t stray from a path toward greatness.Then there was Jordan, whose blend of passion, skill and artistry made an indelible impression on a young James.ADVERTISEMENT “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish,” James said last year after breaking Jordan’s playoff scoring record. “When you’re watching Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. So I didn’t think I could be Mike.”And yet James has surpassed expectations and more than lived up to the “Chosen One” label, a tag he got in high school and had tattooed across his shoulders before turning pro.One of the few coaches who worked with Jordan and James, Cavaliers assistant Larry Drew was asked to compare the two hardwood heroes.“Oh man, that’s a tough one,” said Drew, filling in while Cleveland coach while Tyronn Lue is on medical leave. “Certainly Michael was as good of a finesse player as there was. You just never seen anything like LeBron with his size, his speed, his power. He’s something different. But the one thing that both guys do have in common, they’re really driven to win and to be the best.”Watching James catch and overtake Jordan has been thrilling to his teammates, who are continually awed by a player who shows little signs of wear. James told The Associated Press earlier this week that he would vote for himself as MVP this season, and there’s not a player on Cleveland’s roster who would oppose his case.James has excelled during perhaps the most challenging season of his career as the Cavs have been ravaged by injuries and overhauled with three major trades at the deadline.J.R. Smith is savoring the chance to witness greatness.“It’s pretty dope,” the forward said. “It seems like every game it’s something. When you’re up there with Mike, it’s a different level. You can actually sit there and tell your grandkids hopefully one day that you were part of that. … It’s kind of overwhelming at times.”Jordan, the Hornets’ majority owner, didn’t attend Wednesday’s game, which ended with the hoop-savvy Charlotte crowd standing to salute and serenade James with chants of “M-V-P!”It was a moment to set aside loyalty and honor a once-in-a-generation player. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn bout rescheduled for June 9 in Las Vegas Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LeBron James lives there.Without a father in his life, James viewed Jordan as a role model and on Friday night the indomitable Cleveland Cavaliers star, playing at an MVP level in his 15th NBA season, likely will surpass a record held by a player he once admired “like a god.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn Wednesday night in Charlotte, James equaled Jordan’s NBA mark by scoring in double digits in 866 consecutive games, an extraordinary streak of consistency and durability that may not end until James wants it to. No one else seemingly can stop him.Once he scores 10 points against New Orleans, probably at some point in the first half Friday night, James will surpass Jordan’s record and add another check mark to his side in the greatest-player-of-all-time debate. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “Everywhere we go he gets a standing ovation,” Smith said. “It’s like watching Michael Jackson on tour.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes up to dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CLEVELAND — A generation of kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. They bought his red-and-black Nikes and sported his No. 23 Bulls jersey. They mimicked Jordan’s spin move and fadeaway jumper and even wagged their tongues the way he did on a flight to the rim.While millions worshipped Jordan, only a handful entered his rarefied air.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: MONICA MC DONAGH ON TOP FORM AT BARNHILL

first_imgLETTERKENNY LADIES GOLFThe Ladies Club would like to wish Captain, Catherine- Cooke Harkin a very enjoyable and successful captain’s week. A very popular captain, she is looking forward to a good week, fine weather and lots of golf for the members.On Saturday, 16th Aug. the ladies play in Day 2 of Captain Catherine’s prize with the aggregate of Day 1 on Tuesday 12thth competition and Day 2 producing the winning score. There are many prizes to be won from the main competition and from the following competitions during Captain’s week. On Thursday, 14th, there is a step aside scramble with glitz and glamour the theme and beginners are especially invited. Friday is the traditional mixed foursomes. There is also a non qualifiers section, so plenty of golf for all categories.On Sunday17th and Monday18th, Lady Captain’s prize to the juniors will be played.Currently, the junior boys and girls are playing their matchplay competitions.Lady Captain Catherine is also the Junior Convenor and takes this workload in her stride alongside her role as Lady Captain. She also travelled to Temple Patrick in Belfast on Sunday to support the Junior Team, captained by Marian O’ Sullivan, who was narrowly beaten by Malone Golf Club.The panel of players were, Tracy Spence, Veronica Mc Ateer, Angela Bradley, Mary Murray, Cynthia Furey and Anne Cannon. They have enjoyed very competitive matches and are to be congratulated on reaching the Ulster semi final of the competition in only their second year of entering. The August Medal winner was Celine Bradley. 72net, Runner Up, Pauline Curley, 74net and 3rd was Tracy Spence, 76net. These medal winners along with next best 7 scores played in Lady Captain’s shoot out last Friday in glorious sunshine. The players and supporters, dressed in Lady Captain’s County Galway colours were an impressive sight on the first fairway. The golf was a very high standard with many ladies needing tie breakers to continue or not to the next hole. The final 4 players of Veronica Mc Ateer, Jackie Ireland, Angela Kilgallen and Sandra McMonagle played great golf but alas there can be only one winner. Angela Kilgallen, who played superbly for 9 Holes, making no mistakes, was faced with a downhill putt on the 12th green to make par. Sandra Mc Monagle, with a drive and a pitching wedge to reach the 12 th green had the comfort of 2 putts to make par, making her the winner in a very friendly and competitive shoot out. No doubt, this will become an annual event in Lady Captain’s week.Last Thursday, the 18 Hole Club Competition was won by Monica Mc Donagh with 37pts. Two players on the Junior Team played in the final of the Ladies Matchplay last Thursday, Marian O Sullivan and Mary Murray. The match went to the 20th Hole to reach an outcome; again such is the high standard of golf that we have come to expect from Letterkenny Ladies. A birdie putt on the 20th hole secured victory for Marian O Sullivan. Congratulations to both players for reaching the final.Lady Captain, Catherine would like to wish the ladies good luck for her prize and for the competitions this week and she is looking forward to a great night on Saturday. GOLF NEWS: MONICA MC DONAGH ON TOP FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more