Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, second from right, defends and center Nikola Jokic, center, watches along with Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With that basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, California—From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history PBA D-League: Go for Gold-CSB notches first win vs. Family-Mart Enderun James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore. He has never taken it off.“He was everything,” James said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJordan has also admired James’ game for years.“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday through his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy. Every loss eats at James, yet he fidgeted in front of his locker afterward with the anxiousness of a rookie, still buzzing over the enormity of the moment in his life.“When you’re an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio, like myself and my guys growing up, you look for anything that can inspire you,” James said. “You’re always just up against the numbers of failing. The percentages of guys like myself — single-parent household, only child, underprivileged — (the chance of) making it out is not high at all. M.J. had a lot to do with me making it out, along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the Little League coaches I had. But Mike had no idea what he was doing for a kid that was growing up a 45-minute flight away from Chicago, where he was putting in that work.”James acknowledged he missed most of the tribute video aired at Staples Center during the timeout after his milestone points. That’s because he was crying into a towel on the Lakers’ bench.James is among the last active players who were old enough to witness Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls. Little LeBron would buy packs of basketball cards hoping for a Jordan, and he would study every aspect of Jordan’s game, down to the way he wore his calf sleeve turned slightly inside-out so that the red lining showed.James couldn’t afford Air Jordans, but he remembers walking through the mall and marveling at the pristine red-and-black shoes. They inspired him to dream of having his own shoes, a natural result of being the star he hoped to become.“You guys have no idea what M.J. did for me and my friends growing up,” James said. “Just in a sense of, some days where you just don’t feel like you’re going to make it to the next day where I grew up, because of everything that’s going on. Like I wrote on my shoes today, I thank M.J. more than he would ever know. I’ve got to carry it on to the next kid. Hopefully I can inspire the next kid.”James is an inspiration to a generation now, many of whom have already reached the NBA. Several of the Nuggets spoke of idolizing James while they grew up, and his own Lakers locker room includes teammates playing alongside one of their boyhood heroes.“I never saw Michael live,” said Moritz Wagner, the Lakers’ 21-year-old German rookie center. “(James) is the G.O.A.T. of our generation.”James trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) on the scoring chart. He seems likely to become the top scorer in NBA history if major injuries don’t cloud his next three seasons with the Lakers — but those moments just might not resonate as profoundly for James.This achievement also might be the biggest highlight of a disappointing season with the Lakers (30-35), who have fallen to the fringe of playoff contention. The struggles bother James, who has played in the last eight NBA Finals and hasn’t missed the postseason since 2005. 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That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan’s radiance meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.“M.J. was an inspiration,” James said. “M.J. was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him.”James has grown into a 34-year-old man with three championship rings and a redoubtable 16-year NBA career. Yet he is still in awe of Jordan, who has represented the apex of achievement for his entire life.James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He bettered Jordan’s 32,292 career points with another variation of the brute physical brilliance that defines his playing style — a style that was influenced by Jordan’s combination of grace and aggressiveness.James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. His struggling Lakers rallied late, but dropped their fourth straight game in a season that appears to be lost.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But James still seems relatively content with his move to Hollywood, where he is closer to his burgeoning career as an entertainment mogul. He has spoken repeatedly of patience with the young Lakers while the club attempts to land a second superstar to turn James’ next team into a title contender.Even if this season is a failure, James will never forget the night when he made a historic connection with his childhood hero.“It’s crazy,” James said. “My high school best friends, they text me and they can’t believe it. I can’t believe it either. We remember walking up and down those Akron streets with a basketball, just singing, ‘I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be like Mike.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Ellen Wants PYP Program Expanded

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to ensure that the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) extends its training to other skills that are vital to the manpower development of the nation.Speaking at the graduation of Class Four of the PYPP in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week, President Sirleaf named entrepreneurs, engineers, doctors, and teachers, among the professions that the CSA’s program should now consider because of the very limited pool of professionals in these disciplines that the country is in dire need of.President Sirleaf noted that since the launching of the program in 2009, government continues to receive encouraging feedback from ministries, agencies and others who interact with these young people, stressing that it has become one of the outstanding career development and leadership training programs for public service.“Today we celebrate your accomplishment as the Fourth Class of PYPs. Collectively, you have successfully completed two years of service, mentoring, and training. We congratulate you for being there, for getting it done and for doing well,” Madam Sirleaf told the graduates.She called on the graduates to continue to be examples of good leadership. “This is only the beginning, we are counting on your commitment and expertise, and you must remain focused on your long term goals with emphasis on integrity, professionalism and ethics for yourselves and country,” she urged.The President announced that the graduating PYPs will be absorbed by the Civil Service Agency that is working closely with the respective ministries and agencies to finalize arrangements for their transition.President Sirleaf used the occasion to extend special thanks to all local and international partners, including John Snow Incorporated, for ably administering the program and to the many donors who have contributed to the success of the program.She particularly thanked the Hess Family Foundation for its generous and continued contribution to support the program’s ongoing operations and transition over the next five years, the Daphne Foundation, Humanity United, McCall MacBain Foundation, Nike, Open Society Institute, Mailman Family, and Simonds Family, IBI USAID – Governance and Economic Management Support Program (USAID-GEMS) as well as individual gifts and donations.“As we embark on the implementation of the Civil Service Reform and looking further ahead, you are strategic to the grooming of a professional, effective and efficient civil service,” she indicated, stressing further that while young people are often criticized in Liberia, and unemployment is highlighted as a major roadblock to both economic and social recovery, PYP provides a timely and useful bridge from school to work that gives young people the needed opportunity to earn, even while they learn.United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, expressed delight at attending the graduation, saying it was good to celebrate what’s good about the country. “The US Government is pleased to be a partner in this process,” she said, noting that the program was highlighted at the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit last August while looking at ways that the U.S. together with governments in Africa can invest in the future generation of these countries and PYP is a prime example. Meanwhile the PYP is a competitive two-year program for recent Liberian college graduates who have exhibited leadership ability, integrity and honesty and are committed to assisting with the reconstruction and development of Liberia. It was initiated through the instrumentality of President Sirleaf to help empower young graduates and meet their employment needs.The CSA’s program Class Four constituted 15 graduates assigned at the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Gender, Children and Social Protection, National Investment Commission, National Housing Authority, and the Liberia Maritime Authority.  Five have been awarded scholarships and are pursuing graduate studies in the People’s Republic of China and the United States. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

32 Schools for National Athletics Championship

first_imgThe Liberia Athletics Federation (LFA) has announced the calendar of event for the 2016 National High School Championship.The head coach of the LAF, Samuel C. Cooper, said this year’s championship will run from Friday – Saturday, (March 25-26) in Fendell, Montserrado County.Coach Cooper stated that 32 high schools, in and around Monrovia, have received invitations to participate. He indicated that 15 out of the 32 schools have confirmed their participation and would provide four athletes to form a team representing their respective institutions. “The championship is also intended to select potential players that can represent the nation,” Coach Cooper noted. He added, “We will have four athletes representing each institution in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m runs as well as the long jump.”Meanwhile, the LAF head coach disclosed that the national track team is inactive due to lack of financial support. “Presently, we only have two senior athletes, Abraham Harris in the 100 meters and Kedmiel Enders, a high jumper who are training, so we need financial support to enable us restore the athletic team,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Royal comeback for Highlanders

first_imgNEWBURY PARK – Erika Ward stood with a pained expression on her face Wednesday night, shaking her head in disbelief. It was just minutes into the game, generally no time to panic, but the Royal High of Simi Valley girls’ basketball team already trailed by double-digits and was on the verge of being chased out of the gym. That all changed in an instant, as the Highlanders responded with a ferocious rally of their own, then held on for a 63-53 victory over host Newbury Park to move into a three-way tie atop the Marmonte League standings. Ward scored 14 points and Rose Lioy added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Highlanders (20-5 overall, 11-2 Marmonte), who won despite trailing 16-3 late in the first quarter. Nikki Graham had a game-high 19points and Alison Turley had 12 points for No. 7 Newbury Park, which has won five of the past seven Marmonte League titles. Jen Mosier had 11 points for Royal. kevin.connelly@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Highlanders scored 18 unanswered points on the way to outscoring the Panthers 25-1 over a six-minute span to take a 28-17 second-quarter lead. Newbury Park (18-7, 11-2) responded to take a 35-30 three minutes into the third quarter, but Royal went on a 14-0 run and never trailed again. “We came out with no intensity, but we picked it up in a hurry,” Ward said. “Newbury Park is a really tough place to play, but we think we’re the best team in the Marmonte League. We hope we proved that tonight.” With the victory, Royal moves into a tie with Newbury Park and Moorpark (22-3, 11-2) in the Marmonte League standings with one regular-season game remaining. The Highlanders, ranked No.8 in the area by the Daily News, last won a league title in 2003. Royal, Newbury Park and Moorpark each play teams with losing records in their final regular-season contests. “It will likely end up as a three-way tie, but we feel like we’re the champions,” Royal coach Mike Kohl said. “We have one of the best offenses around, and tonight we proved we can play defense, too.” last_img read more

Province of BC to introduce proposed amendments to the Election Act

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of British Columbia is introducing proposed amendments to the Provincial Election Act.According to the Government, these proposed changes will pave the way for the use of modern technology to make voting in provincial elections faster and easier, encourage young people to vote and introduce other improvements to the electoral process.The Government says the proposed changes to voting administration rules are the most significant in nearly 25 years as it will give Elections B.C. the ability to take advantage of new technology, such as vote-counting equipment to tabulate paper ballots to quickly record votes.- Advertisement -Other proposed changes are aimed at increasing voter participation, such as maintaining a list of future voters for youth aged 16 and 17 years.For more information on the proposed changes, you can visit elections.bc.ca.last_img read more

Senators urge Government to rename Nyayo Stadium after Kadenge

first_imgHe informed the House that the fallen Kenyan international will be laid to rest July 20 tat his home county in Vihiga.“We will have a funds drive  on Tuesday 16th at Chatter Hall, then on Wednesday 17th we will have a service at Friends Church International Ngong Road, on Thursday the body will be flown from Nairobi to Bukhungu Stadium and we call upon Kenyans from all walks of life to turn out in large numbers to receive this hero where there will be viewing of the body before it is taken to Vihiga for final ceremony,” Khaniri said.Senator James Orengo and Moses Wetangula proposed that the Nyayo National Stadium should be renamed to the Joe Kadenge National Stadium.“At this time  as we remember him (Joe Kadenge) it will be incumbent upon the Kenyan government that  one of the National Stadium should be named after Kadenge, since there are so many Stadium with the name Nyayo, I think Nyayo Stadium should become the Kadenge Stadium and the Kasarani one can be left with Moi,” Minority Senator Orengo said.His counterpart Wetangula said; I join Senator Orengo in urging that Nyayo Stadium changed to Joe Kadenge International Stadium.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000L-R: SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, AFC Leopards legend Joe Kadenge and Nairobi Senator Johnston Sakaja arrive for the Mashemeji DerbyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 9 – Senators interrupted House Business on Tuesday to hold a minute of silence in honour of legendary Kenyan footballer Joe Kadenge who died on Sunday at the age of 84 after a long illness, having suffered a stroke in February.Vihiga Senator George Khaniri challenged his fellow Parliamentarians to draft a legislation that will ensure Kenya’s sports heroes receive monetary rewards and state honours when they die.last_img read more

DONEGAL SOCCER STARLET OFF TO TURKEY WITH REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U15 SQUAD

first_imgMarc Walsh is off to Turkey with the Republic of Ireland U15 side.A talented Donegal soccer starlet is off to Turkey today to represent the Republic of Ireland U15 squadMarc Walsh, 15, who plays his club football with Gweedore Celtic will jet off with the rest of his international teammates later this afternoon.The Republic of Ireland will face Holland, Turkey and Austria at the international tournament – which will be attended by a host of scouts from clubs all over Europe. Walsh will be hoping he can impress and will be confident of featuring on a consistent basis at the tournament given his performance in their last international match.Walsh won a penalty and scored a stunning goal as Ireland defeated Wales 3-1 in a friendly encounter a number of months back.Walsh has been on trial at a number of clubs in both England and Scotland and will be hoping he can earn a contract with a professional club in the next twelve months.For now though – he’ll be focusing all his energy on making another positive impact for the Republic of Ireland U15 side.  DONEGAL SOCCER STARLET OFF TO TURKEY WITH REPUBLIC OF IRELAND U15 SQUAD was last modified: January 29th, 2016 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:donegalGweedore celticIrelandMarc Walshsocceru15.last_img read more

BEO BANDS BATTLE IT OUT AT RCC IN LETTERKENNY THIS FRIDAY

first_imgComórtas BEO Arais Arís, yes back again for another year. BEO are happy to announce that they are running another Nationwide School Competition which is open to all schools north and south of the border.This Friday 5th October sees some great local talent on display at the RCC in Letterkenny, where eight bands battle it out to see which band will represent BEO at the official “Comórtas BEO” launch in Wexford on 19th October. So, whether it be “Apollo 6”, “Insanity”, “Jamaican Vampires” ,” Kyle O’Neill & The Pocketnotes”, “The Candela Ways” , “The Capitol” , “The Mathew Trainor Experience” or “Transit Getaway” , come along and show some support for your favourite band, they need your vote!Later on that evening, “In Their Thousands” will take to the RCC stage performing some tracks from their latest EP. A must see gig! BÍGÍ LINN, everyone welcome!! For this and further BEO events please check out www.beoireland.com. BEO BANDS BATTLE IT OUT AT RCC IN LETTERKENNY THIS FRIDAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

WIND TURBINE DEVELOPMENTS MUST BE BANNED, COUNCIL MEETING TOLD

first_imgThe scene of the turbine crash. donegaldaily.comWIND turbine developments must be moved off-shore in Ireland to copy the policy recently adopted in Norway, a county councillor told Donegal County Council today.Cllr Seamus O Domhnaill was speaking on an emergency motion he brought to council today following the collapse of a turbine at Loughderryduff near Maas last month.Cllr O Domhnaill asked council officials to summons the wind farm owners and the manufacturers Vestas to appear before councillors to address concerns. He also called for new setback distances for all new turbines so that they were kept away from homes.“Pictures on Donegal Daily showed the extent of the damage that was done when this turbine collapsed,” said Cllr O Domhnaill.“I don’t wish to be alarmist but there are real concerns from many many people about this incident and there is a great concern if this were to happen again and a rotary blade from another wind farm was to come down and hit someone or crash into someone’s home.”Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher (Sinn Fein) said: “I’m all for renewable energies but I don’t agree with it just at the expense of everything. “The state should use all our natural resources and not private companies or private individuals. That is the debate that should be happening.“The Nordic countries are decommissioning inshore farms and moving them off-shore. But we don’t have any regulations here in Ireland.”Cllr John Campbell (independent) described the Loughderryduff collapse as ‘a catastrophic failure.’He said the council should be given a copy of the Vestas investigation.Cllr Terence Slowey (independent) said: “We need to know why this turbine fell down and it is our responsibility to be able to tell the public. “The investigation needs to be given to the council and to the public. We need to be open and transparent.”Cllr O Domhnaill said he wanted a ‘complete stay’ on all future planning applications on wind turbines until the findings of the investigation and until they meet the owners.However County Manager Seamus Neely and director of planning Michael Heaney said they could not legally bring in a wholesale ban on planning applications for future turbines.“We have to comply with planning laws,” said Mr Neely. He said however that any lessons from the turbine collapse would be learned and could be included in future planning decisions. However he said that if the defects are outside the council’s area of responsibility ‘we will seek to influence it and work constructively’.Cllr Campbell said however that Donegal council had given permission for the wind farm and therefore the council could not grant future permissions.WIND TURBINE DEVELOPMENTS MUST BE BANNED, COUNCIL MEETING TOLD was last modified: April 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:COUNCIL MEETING TOLDWIND TURBINE DEVELOPMENTS MUST BE BANNEDlast_img read more

BODY FOUND IN DRAIN IS BELIEVED TO BE ACCIDENTAL DEATH

first_imgThe body of a man was discovered in a drain at the side of a road at Ballinacarrigh, Ballintra at 10am this morning.The was discovered a couple of miles from an accident which claimed the life of a farmer also in Ballintra this morning.At first there was some confusion as to both incidents. A spokesman for the Garda Press Office told Donegal Daily that the two incidents are in now way connected.At this stage this appears the incident at Ballinacarrigh is an accidental death.BODY FOUND IN DRAIN IS BELIEVED TO BE ACCIDENTAL DEATH was last modified: November 8th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Ballintrabodydeathdrainlast_img read more