NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Avengers fall behind, lose opener

first_img“It’s hard to pick a positive out of a loss,” Hodgkiss said. “But, we went head-to-head with a team that some are predicting are not only going to win (the American Conference’s Western Division) again, but compete for an Arena Bowl.” Sonny Cumbie completed four of his first five pass attempts, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Lenzie Jackson in the first quarter. The second-year quarterback from Texas Tech finished with 357yards on 25-of-40 passing and six TDs. “(Cumbie) is more confident this year, no doubt,” Hodgkiss said. “He was making all the right reads and played good enough for us to win.” Jackson had 13receptions for 238yards and three scores. Trailing 38-31 at halftime, the Avengers (0-1) needed just twoplays to score on the opening possession of the second half when Cumbie connected with Kevin Ingram on a 21-yard strike to tie the score. Ingram finished with seven catches for 67 yards and two TDs. After the SaberCats (1-0) scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Grieb to Nelson, SanJose kicker A.J. Haglund successfully put down an onside kick. The SaberCats scored fourplays later on a 3-yard run by Rodney Wright for a 59-45 lead with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter. “We spend more time then any other team on special teams in practice,” Hodgkiss said. “It looks like we have to hit the special teams even harder, we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot like this.” The Avengers found themselves in a hole at the end of the first quarter after the SaberCats’ Rodney Wright rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. With the Avengers behind 21-14 in the second quarter, Silas Demary jumped at the line of scrimmage to intercept a Grieb pass, which led to a 17-yard field goal by Remy Hamilton. 21-7 justin.frank@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! Going into Sunday’s season opener at Staples Center, the Avengers could not have wanted anything more than to defeat the Western Division rival San Jose SaberCats to help put last year’s 5-11 season behind them. So much so, they attempted an onside kick on the opening kickoff – a decision made by Avengers coach Ed Hodgkiss about two days ago. center_img The Avengers recovered, only to have the ball given to San Jose because of an offsides penalty. San Jose scored one play later on a 6-yard pass from Mark Grieb to Ben Nelson, giving the SaberCats the lead just 23 seconds into the game. From that point on, the Avengers were playing catch-up, and despite coming back to tie the score four times, they fell to the SaberCats 66-58 in front of 12,586. last_img read more

Real Madrid advantage after sinking Bayern

first_imgBayern took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break.Despite Bayern dominating possession and creating plenty of chances, Madrid claimed a sixth straight win, dating back to 2012, over the Bavarians in the Champions League knockout stage.Real coach Zinedine Zidane pulled a surprise before kick-off by leaving both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema out of the starting line-up.Isco, who was replaced by Asensio at half-time, and Lucas Vazquez played either side of Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a subdued night up front in Munich.Real were poor in the first half, however a minute before the break they equalised through Marcelo’s fine strike. Photo/COURTESYThe Portuguese failed to add to his tally of 15 Champions League goals this season, being denied a second-half strike by an offside flag, which would have made it 3-1.James Rodriguez, who is on a two-year loan deal from Real, shone in Bayern’s midfield and found plenty of cracks in the Madrid defence.However, this just was not Bayern’s night.Both Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski went agonisingly close with a string of chances.The hosts suffered a blow with barely five minutes gone when Arjen Robben limped off to be replaced by Thiago Alcantara.Bayern changed their system with right-back Joshua Kimmich moving up to plug the space on the right wing, which sparked the opening goal.Marcelo made it 1-1, the left back’s finish from 25 yards high quality – a left footed strike into the far bottom corner of the goal. Photo/DAILY MAILWhen Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich played the ball down the right flank, James released Kimmich with a perfectly-timed pass in the 28th minute.The Germany international raced clear and caught out Keylor Navas at his near post to stun Real.Bayern suffered their second early injury blow when Jerome Boateng was replaced by Niklas Suele on 34 minutes — which is also bad news for Germany with the World Cup looming.Real had a left-off when Ribery went one-on-one with Navas, but stumbled at the crucial moment.Then from nothing, Marcelo conjured the equaliser on 44 minutes.Marco Asensio scored the winner as Real Madrid moved closer to a third straight Champions League title© AFP Christof STACWhen Dani Carvajal headed the ball across the edge of the box, it landed at Marcelo’s feet and was in Bayern’s net milliseconds later after a fierce left-footed shot.It was the Brazilian’s third Champions League goal this season after also scoring in the knock-out rounds against Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.Real escaped again when Navas failed to hold a Lewandowski header just before the half-time whistle and the ball bobbled away to safety.It shows how far Bale and Benzema have dropped out of Zidane’s favour that Isco was replaced on the left wing by Asensio for the second half, but the move paid off.Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng hobbled off in the first half, with Bayern left desperately short of options© AFP GUENTER SCHIFFMANNRafinha lost the ball in midfield after a Bayern attack, and Vazquez sprinted clear and put Asensio into space to curl past Ulreich on 57 minutes.With 25 minutes left, Zidane threw on an extra attacker, as Benzema came on for injured right-back Carvajal.Moments later Bayern came within inches of an equaliser when Navas denied Mueller with a reflex save.In the final five minutes, Lewandowski beat Navas, but his floated shot flew just wide of the post to add to Bayern’s misery.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marco Asensio scored the winner as Real Madrid put one foot in the Champions League final© AFP Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Apr 25 – Real Madrid moved a step closer to a third straight Champions League title after substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 semi-final, first-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.The 22-year-old came off the bench to finish a counter-attack and complete the holders’ comeback win, giving Real the advantage for the return game in Madrid next Tuesday.last_img read more