Amid comparisons to Jordan, James out to cement own legacy

first_imgLATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds James said at a summer basketball camp last year that he found motivation in “this ghost I’m chasing — the ghost played in Chicago.”But he said his goal is not just to match Jordan’s numbers.“It has nothing to do with passing him in rings, passing him in points, passing him in MVPs. It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated,” James said.“The conversations about who’s the greatest of all time, things of that nature — it doesn’t matter to me.”More than scoringWhat does matter is the chance to cement his own legacy, one that inspires young players to look beyond scoring as they develop their games.Bill Laimbeer, stalwart of the Detroit Pistons’ “Bad Boys” teams that were once the bane of Jordan’s Bulls, says that attention to every aspect of the game makes James, for him, the best ever.“I’ll take LeBron James, absolutely,” Laimbeer said this month on “The Rematch” podcast. “LeBron can do anything. Michael couldn’t get all the rebounds. He couldn’t be the assist man like LeBron James can.”James says he wants to be known — and remembered — as more than a scorer.“Scoring the ball is so heralded in our sport,” James said. “I want the fundamentals of the game to be as great as they can be.“If some kid or a group of kids from the West Coast or the East Coast or the Midwest or the South and everything in between, all around the world can look at me and say, ‘Well, I made the extra pass because LeBron made the extra pass,’ or, ‘I got a chase-down block and I didn’t give up on the play because LeBron didn’t give up,’ that would mean the world to me.” As pundits parsed the stats showing Jordan achieved his 5,987 playoff points in 179 post-season games while James reached 5,995 in his 212th post-season contest, James dismissed such conversations as “barbershop” debates.When pressed, however, he acknowledged Jordan’s massive influence and the significance of the milestone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just seeing what he was able to accomplish,” James said after scoring 35 points in the Cavaliers’ 135-102 victory over the Boston Celtics that clinched the Eastern Conference title.“When you’re growing up and you’re seeing Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. So I didn’t ever believe I could be Mike.” Celtics’ Thomas says hip surgery not top option Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ LeBron James AFP/GETTY IMAGESLeBron James was once among thousands of youngsters striving to “be like Mike,” but the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar never dreamed he’d be mentioned in the same breath as Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan as one of basketball’s greatest.James eclipsed Jordan as the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer on Thursday as he led the Cavaliers into a third straight NBA Finals — fueling comparisons to six-time NBA champion Jordan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next From trying to emulate Jordan’s fadeaway jump shot to copying his uniform quirks, James said, “I did pretty much everything MJ did when I was a kid.”“I didn’t go bald like Mike, but I’m getting there,” he quipped. “I wanted to be Mike, so for my name to come up in any discussion with Michael Jordan or Kareem (Abdul Jabbar) … it’s a wow factor.”To be sure, “Air Jordan” still reigns over “King James.”Jordan’s six NBA titles are twice as many as James’s three — two of them won with the Miami Heat before he returned to Cleveland with the avowed aim of bringing a championship to his home state of Ohio.Jordan leads James in Most Valuable Player awards five to four and Jordan is fourth all-time in regular-season scoring with 32,292 points compared to James in seventh on 28,787.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

World Cup match preview: Suarez the target for both Uruguay and England

first_imgUruguay’s Luis Suarez at Arena do Jacare Stadium in Sete Lagoas, Brazil, on June 17. (AP PhotoThe must-win World Cup encounter between England and Uruguay could boil down to which team best targets Luis Suarez. Both former champions realise a loss on Thursday could signal the end of their World Cup campaign after just two matches.Uruguay, semifinalists in 2010, will be desperate to have Liverpool striker Suarez back after he missed the opening loss to Costa Rica with a knee problem. He has declared himself fit, and if he starts Uruguay will be trying to feed him as many balls as possible.England, all too familiar with Suarez’s goal-scoring abilities from the Premier League, will be aiming to shut him down.The other matches on Day Eight at the World Cup are in Group C, with Colombia taking on Ivory Coast – both winners in their opening group matches – and Japan against Greece in a struggle to stay alive.Focusing ForwardThere are six Liverpool players on England’s squad, and they know better than most the threat that Suarez can pose.Having Suarez consigned to the bench was a major setback for Uruguay in its opening 3-1 loss to a rampaging Costa Rican team. Even if he plays, Uruguay has a weakened defense because of the loss of captain Diego Lugano. He was ruled out of the England match due to a left knee strain.Suarez had surgery on his left knee immediately after the Premier League season, and while Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is happy to have him back, he’s lowering expectations.advertisement”In the case of whether Luis plays, there is a possibility that he won’t be like the Luis Suarez that was the top goal scorer of the Premier League,” Tabarez said.Suarez scored 31 goals to help Liverpool finish second in England’s top flight, somewhat reviving his image after bans for racism and biting, and his blatant handling of the ball on the goal-line that deprived Ghana a winning goal in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.Uruguay will be relying on Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani to take some heat off as Suarez finds his feet.England lost its opener 2-1 to Italy, but took some consolation from the impressive performances of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.England’s biggest concern remains Wayne Rooney’s inability so far to score a goal in three World Cups. Rooney played out wide against Italy, and there’s been speculation in Britain that the Manchester United star may not start against Uruguay.last_img read more

Continue previous pay deal for 12 months, suggests Michael Clarke

first_imgAustralia’s cricketers and board should extend their previous agreement by 12 months while they attempt to find a solution to a bitter pay dispute, former captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.The previous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) expired at midnight on Friday with no sign of a deal in place, leaving around 230 leading cricketers without contracts and the fate of future tours in limbo.Once the deadline passed, Australia’s players threatened to boycott an “A” team tour of South Africa later this month unless a new agreement was struck with Cricket Australia beforehand.”What needs to happen is keep the current MoU for the next 12 months and allow the players to get back to what they do best,” Clarke told reporters at Nine Network’s marketing launch for the Ashes.”Cricket Australia, the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association), please go behind closed doors and sort this in private.”The players want to play…let’s allow them to play while this stuff gets sorted out in the background.”At the heart of the acrimonious dispute is Cricket Australia’s (CA) insistence that the two-decade-old model, under which players get a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.CA believes the revenue-share model is unfit for modern times and is starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while players say it has underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.”I don’t want the Australian players to be unprepared because they have been concentrating on something else; give them 12 months and let them concentrate on the cricket,” Clarke said. “I don’t want to see any cricket missed.advertisement”There will be a compromise. The ACA and Cricket Australia will find a way to make this work.”The ACA has called on CA chief executive James Sutherland to come to the negotiating table but he has remained silent since emailing players in May, informing them they would be unemployed if they failed to agree to a new MoU by the June 30 deadline.”It does seem very strange. You’ve got to wonder what the hell is going on,” former Australia captain Ian Chappell said.”They’ve done a few strange things and Sutherland not being involved is one of them.”I don’t see a really good reason for him not to be.”Further tournaments, including a two-test tour of Bangladesh and a one-day international series in India also remain in doubt if the dispute continues to linger on.”I can’t believe they (CA) will want to upset India, so I would have thought that something will happen before,” he said.”Because they won’t want to cancel that. If they get something done then, people will have probably forgotten by (the time the Ashes start in) November.”last_img read more