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BREAKING: Nets complete James Harden trade

By Sports Desk January 14, 2021

James Harden has completed a blockbuster trade from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets, it has been confirmed.

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    LeBron James and the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar becoming the NBA's all-time scoring leader excites current recordholder Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

    Abdul-Jabbar sits atop the throne for most points in the NBA with 38,387 following a Hall of Fame career that featured six championships, six MVP awards and 19 All-Star selections among other honours during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks and Lakers.

    James (35,367) is third on the all-time list entering his 19th season, behind Karl Malone (36,928) and Abdul-Jabbar – the four-time champion and four-time MVP still needs 3,020 points to break the record.

    Abdul-Jabbar, who spent 14 years with the Lakers from 1975 to 1989 before returning as an assistant coach between 2005 and 2011, was asked about James' pursuit of history.

    "I'm excited to see it happen," Abdul-Jabbar, 74, told Marc Stein in his substack newsletter. "I don't see records as personal accomplishments, but more as human achievements.

    "If one person can do something that's never been done, that means we all have a shot at doing it. It's a source of hope and inspiration.

    "Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile back in 1954. Since then, not only have 1,400 runners beaten that time, but the new record is 17 seconds less.

    "We all win when a record is broken and if LeBron breaks mine, I will be right there to cheer him on."

    James and the Lakers were unable to defend their NBA title in 2020-21 as they crashed out in the first round of the playoffs.

    The 36-year-old James averaged 25.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game last season.

    James' field-goal (51.3) and three-point (36.5) percentages were his best since 2017-18.

  • Nuggets' Gordon lands four-year, $92m contract extension Nuggets' Gordon lands four-year, $92m contract extension

    Denver Nuggets star Aaron Gordon has agreed a four-year, $92million contract extension with the NBA franchise.

    Gordon's agent Calvin Andrews confirmed the lucrative new deal to the Undefeated on Tuesday.

    The contract reportedly includes a player option for the fourth year in 2025-26, with the Nuggets already locking up MVP Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray to new contracts.

    Gordon arrived in Denver in March after being dealt to the Nuggets from the struggling Orlando Magic.

    The 25-year-old forward averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists overall last season, spread across 25 games with the Nuggets and 25 for the Magic.

    Gordon's 46.3 field-goal percentage was his best since the 2015-16 campaign.

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    The fifth Test between England and India at Old Trafford has been called off due to fears of rising coronavirus cases in the tourists' camp.

    The start of the final match in the series had been in doubt after India cancelled a practice session on Thursday as a result of a member of their support staff testing positive for COVID-19.

    England had been hopeful of the contest, which was due to begin at 11:00BST on Friday, going ahead as planned.

    But after talks between the England and Wales Cricket (ECB) board and their Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) counterparts, the match has been cancelled.

    "Following ongoing conversations with the BCCI, the ECB can confirm that the fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India men due to start today at Emirates Old Trafford, will be cancelled," an ECB statement read.

    "Due to fears of a further increase in the number of COVID cases inside the camp, India are regrettably unable to field a team.

    "We send our sincere apologies to fans and partners for this news, which we know will cause immense disappointment and inconvenience to many."

    The statement initially said India had forfeited the final Test and the series was drawn at 2-2, but that was later removed.

    India head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for coronavirus ahead of last week's 157-run win at The Oval, which gave his side a 2-1 lead in the five-Test series, while bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and physio Nitin Patel isolated as a precautionary measure.

    The overall number of positive cases climbed this week after another backroom staff member, reported to be a junior physio, also contracted the respiratory disease.

    The entire India squad returned negative PCR Tests on Thursday, though any hopes of rescheduling the match appear unlikely given the start of the Indian Premier League on September 19, four days after the England series was due to finish.

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