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Not only did Steph Curry become the first player to hit 3,000 three-pointers, the greatest shooter ever tied his own record for most consecutive games with a three. Speaking of legendary resumes…

Madden’s Masterful Career

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John Madden was a singular type of football legend. He was an all-time great coach, a broadcast pioneer, and a trailblazing brand in the video game industry.

The Hall of Famer also never played professional football, a relative anomaly in his time — one which provided a template for some of the NFL’s most celebrated head coaches.

But Madden, who died Tuesday at the age of 85, was much more than just a mythological figure — he’s arguably the most successful coach in NFL history.

  • Among coaches with at least 100 games, Madden is the all-time leader in regular-season winning percentage (.759).
  • Oakland never produced a losing record under his 10-year tenure.
  • The Raiders won 17 straight games — one short of a record — between 1976-77.
  • He led them to seven division titles and won Super Bowl XI.

Before Madden, Weeb Ewbank and Hank Stram were the only two head coaches to win a championship without having played first.

Madden’s post-coaching career was arguably even more iconic.

He was a lead color commentator for 30 years — calling 11 Super Bowls — and his namesake video game series for EA Sports has sold more than 130 million copies and generated over $4 billion.

Some of today’s great coaches who followed his lead may have topped him on the field — Bill Belichick never played himself, and has six rings — but no one will match his overall legacy.

Will LeBron Catch Kareem?

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Despite the Lakers’ struggles this season, LeBron James continues to show why he’s The King — and why he’s on pace to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

James became the youngest player (36) in NBA history to score 36,000 points in Tuesday’s 132-123 win over the Rockers. He did it while starting at center, a testament to his versatility over his 19-year career.

If he continues at this pace, the third-leading scorer should easily pass Karl Malone — and eventually Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

  • LeBron is 928 points away from passing Malone — and could do so this season. He’s scored 634 points through 23 games and has 46 remaining.
  • He’s 2,387 from passing Abdul-Jabbar. At his current rate — 1,964 points per year — Bron would top him within two years.
  • James is the youngest player in NBA history to reach every big scoring milestone (1,000-36,000).

He has a chance to set the record by the end of his current contract (two-years, $85M) with L.A. that has him locked through 2023.

He’s also the third-leading scorer in 2021-22 (27.6 PPG) behind Kevin Durant (29.7) and Steph Curry (27.7).

No matter what position he plays, he’s still a walking bucket — scoring is still essentially effortless for the four-time MVP, who turns 37 tomorrow.

The Forgotten MVP?

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Steph Curry is setting shooting records left and right, and Kevin Durant is putting together one of the most efficient seasons of his career — which is why they’re the two front-runners for MVP.

Last night, Nikola Jokic took out Steph’s Warriors with 22 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

Yet the reigning MVP has somehow become an afterthought, despite nearly replicating last year’s accomplishments and monster stat lines while improving defensively.

  • Last year, he averaged 26.6 PPG and 10.8 RPG.
  • This season, he’s averaging 25.8 PPG and 14.0 RPG in two less MPG.
  • By advanced metrics, Jokic’s 10.1 net rating is the best of his career.
  • His 103.6 defensive rating is also a career best — last night he recorded his third game-winning block this season.

It’s easy to overlook the Joker, given the standings. The Warriors (27-7) are first in the West, and Durant’s Nets (23-9) top the East. Jokic’s Nuggets (17-16) are fifth in the West.

Don’t be fooled, though. Denver’s supporting stars Jamal Murray (torn ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back) are both out for the season, which makes Jokic’s performance even more impressive.

Winning the 2021 MVP made Jokic eligible for the largest supermax contract in NBA history at five years, $241 million.

If he overcomes his fourth-best odds (+1200*), he’ll be the 13th ever to go back-to-back.

Making Headlines

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NFL: Doug Pederson will be the first interview for the Jaguars’ vacant head coaching job, per Ian Rapoport. Other candidates include Jim Caldwell, Byron Leftwich, and Todd Bowles.

WNBA: Candace Parker was named the AP Female Athlete of the Year for the second time.

NHL: The NHL will shorten its standard isolation period from 10 to five days after a positive COVID test. Players will still have to follow local health regulations.

NBA: Isaiah Thomas will likely sign a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 9.3 points in his prior 10-day with the Lakers.

MLB: Kyle Seager has retired, his wife announced. The 34-year-old played his entire 11-year MLB career with the Mariners.

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