When LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA's career scoring record, it ended Abdul-Jabbar's 39-year reign as the all-time points champion. It shined a light on how much work James had to do over 20 seasons to catch Abdul-Jabbar. And it shows how much work somebody in the future is going to have to do in order to catch James atop the NBA list. But it will not settle the Greatest Of All Time debate, because that one cannot be settled.
American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo has been hired by Bundesliga club Hoffenheim. It comes four months after he was fired by another German club, Stuttgart. The New Jersey-born Matarazzo spent just over two years at Hoffenheim as an assistant coach and youth coach from 2017 through 2019 before taking the Stuttgart job. Hoffenheim says Matarazzo's knowledge of the club helped him get the head coach role. Hoffenheim fired André Breitenreiter on Monday after going nine league games without a win and slipping to 14th in the 18-team league.
It's likely the only time football fans will see Kansas City’s Chad Henne or Philadelphia’s Gardner Minshew during the Super Bowl will be on the sideline. But this is the NFL and sometimes things don’t go according to plan. That’s why the backup quarterbacks for the Chiefs and Eagles could be some of the most important players on their team’s roster heading into Sunday’s showdown. In a lot of ways, it’s been the year of the backup quarterback. A total of 68 QBs started at least one game during the regular season, an average of more than two per team and a record for a non-strike year.
The rash of quarterback injuries in the NFL made developing a game plan even more challenging. Game week preparations are still geared to developing offensive schemes around the projected starter and opponents plotting to derail those plans. But everyone is well aware how quickly that can change. So coaches and coordinators on both sides of the ball have to be even more flexible to adapt. The starting quarterback gets most of the practice snaps with the first-team offense. The backup is limited to running the scout team and has no chance to build chemistry with the starters. Defensive coaches and players make similar adjustments.
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has strongly defended her team in response to comments by UConn coach Geno Auriemma after the top-ranked Gamecocks' 81-77 victory over the Huskies on Sunday. Staley spoke on her radio call-in show Tuesday night, saying she's angry when her team is wrongly criticized for its success. Auriemma said Huskies guard/forward Lou Lopez Senechal was bruised during the game. He said it's “appalling” how teams play against her and said it's “not basketball.” Staley says she's tired of her team getting put down for winning. She says her teams play the right way.
Shane Battier is a former Miami Heat teammate of LeBron James, who is poised to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Battier played in the NBA for 13 seasons, the last three of them with James in Miami. Battier says James is the greatest basketball player and doesn't believe “we’ll see someone like LeBron James ever again.”
LeBron James is soon going to be in the NBA record books as the most prolific scorer ever. But for all his accomplishments on the basketball court, it is James’ ambitious pursuits off-the-court that may ultimately distinguish his legacy from other superstar athletes’. James co-founded an entertainment company, bought stakes in professional baseball and soccer franchises and, with help from product endorsements, his net worth is estimated to be above $1 billion. The off-court achievement James is most proud of is working to uplift the lives of people in his hometown of Akron. Many athletes have excelled in one or more of these areas. But few have done all of them as well as James.
Darvin Ham is in his first season as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James, who is poised to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Ham doesn't think James has ever wanted the scoring record. But coach says James is one of one. That no one has seen a basketball player with James' size, his athleticism, his shooting capabilities and playmaking capabilities. Ham says James is arguably the greatest but would prefer that everything be group focused. The coach added it's a beautiful thing to live every day and witness firsthand.
Pat Riley puts it this way. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar never had any potential. Riley says, “he only had greatness." Abdul-Jabbar’s reign of nearly four decades as the NBA’s most prolific scorer has come to an end. LeBron James has taken the top spot that Abdul-Jabbar claimed in 1984. Riley coached Abdul-Jabbar with the Lakers and brought James to Miami as a free agent in 2010.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passed Wilt Chamberlain for the NBA’s career scoring lead on April 5, 1984 during a game against the Utah Jazz in Las Vegas. The Associated Press, as part of its coverage of LeBron James’ pursuit of Abdul-Jabbar’s record, is looking back at Abdul-Jabbar’s historic night.
Kevin Love spent four seasons as a teammate in Cleveland with LeBron James, who is poised to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. A five-time All-Star, Love believes the 2016 title James won with the Cavaliers cemented his legacy as one of the game's greats. Cleveland overcame a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to beat Golden State for the city's first professional sports championship in 52 years. Love feels fortunate that his career intersected with James, who he credits for making him a better player, teammate and person.