I THOUGHT OF Young’s book again when I watched Ryan’s best pass of the year. It was against the Broncos in Week 5. Ryan dropped back and threw a seam Darius Slay Authentic Womens Jersey route to running back Tevin Coleman. It was one of those throws that every quarterback can make in practice, but only a few can make in a game. Coleman was covered by one defender when Ryan threw the ball, and by three when he caught it. Yet he was open. Ryan threw to a hole that only he saw. It was the type of throw that goes beyond simply exploiting a mismatch. It was the type of throw that a quarterback has to get used to and grow into. It was all faith and fearlessness. Coleman scampered all but untouched for a 31-yard touchdown that would prove to be the decisive points.
OK, so what does that have to do with Young?
And he has never been crazy about being called a DeAndre Levy Authentic Womens Jersey scorer, even though he’s now one of the most elite scorers in NBA history.
James joined the all-time top 10 in scoring over the weekend, six weeks before his 32nd birthday. This week, he’ll likely become the youngest to reach 27,000 points. He’s a little uncomfortable talking about it because he doesn’t want scoring to be his central legacy.
“Scoring has never been on my list of goals,” James said. “Facilitating, getting my guys involved and rebounding, defending, getting blocked shots and things of that nature always ranked above that.”
He says it has been gratifying that he now can call the greatest play of his career a defensive one: the chase-down block of Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. That moment is the centerpiece of his newest Nike commercial, in which James calls the block the “defining” play of his career.
He’s making it clear he does not want to be defined as a scorer. He will not aim for 60 points in the final game of his career as Kobe Bryant did, majestically if self-servingly. If James chases a stat threshold on his final night, it will be a triple-double. And he’s not waiting for the swan song; he has been chasing triple-doubles for years.
The truth is, James is not as gifted at scoring as his totals indicate. Perhaps even more than the others on the NBA’s top-10 scoring list, he had to pour work into becoming an elite scorer. Reaching these heights on the all-time list is a validation of his efforts. His natural talent for passing — he’s a 1-percenter in terms of vision and court awareness — is unquestioned. Ambidextrous and blessed with excellent touch, he has been a great ball handler from an early age. But the rest didn’t come as easy.