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Despite not making it to training camp on time over a contractual dispute Jaire Alexander Youth Jersey , Sam Darnold has not been ruled out of the New York Jets' starting quarterback race.ESPN's Adam Schefter reported a source said Darnold "has a very fair shot" of beating out Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown to start Week 1.The Jets believe Darnold is closer to being ready to start than they expected when opening camp, and his performance in the preseason will be key to determining the outcome of the battle.Darnold missed the first three days of camp as the two sides haggled over the language in his rookie contract.Bridgewater and McCown were seen as favorites over Darnold coming into camp because they're veterans; McCown, in particular, had success last season starting in New York. Bridgewater was the Minnesota Vikings' franchise quarterback before a catastrophic knee injury changed the trajectory of his career.Darnold is seen as the future in New York but was turnover prone at times at USC, and the Jets have time to wait. They're not seen as a playoff contender this season, and it may be better for Darnold's long-term development if he sat, watched and was not taking a ton of hits in the pocket.Darnold聽told reporters:"Competition is awesome. When I went through it at SC, it was really cool to come out here and compete every single day because that is what this sport is about. I think it also pushes guys on the team when they are seeing a vet like Josh, a vet like Teddy and me coming in and competing really hard."I think it pushes everyone. There are guys at other positions that are competing for jobs as well. It is just really awesome to be able to come out here in this competitive environment and just compete. I think that is the name of the game out here, especially in camp. Once guys' legs start to get a little bit tired,聽competition聽I think pushes all of us to be better."Once Darnold got into camp, this was the expected outcome. He may have started a little behind the other two, but the 21-year-old undoubtedly has the highest ceiling of the three. Him hitting throws the others might not be able to in practice isn't a surprise; doing it in game situations is another question entirely.The Jets will probably spend most of the preseason with a wide-open battle, with the winner being determined by how they fare in game action. They open the preseason Friday against the Atlanta Falcons. LeBron James emerged from a chaotic Joe Mixon Youth Jersey , complex season unscathed – better than ever.

Still the NBA’s undisputed king.

Despite no longer having Kyrie Irving at his side. Despite an injury-riddled season in which the Cavaliers‘ roster morphed twice and despite being surrounded by a supporting cast that included rookies and just three holdovers from Cleveland teams he dragged to three straight NBA Finals, James played every game and powered through his 15th pro season like it was another helpless defender in the lane.

By investing millions into maintaining his body and with a work ethic that has pushed him since childhood, James seems intent on challenging basketball’s natural cycle of aging.

At 33, and on the eve of making a run at his eighth straight Finals, James is not slowing down. He remains the game’s best all-around player, most dominant force. Still, the one to beat. Still, the player most capable of carrying a team to playoff victories. Still, the most likely player – sorry Messrs. Westbrook, Harden, Curry and Durant – to make a play that wins a game or a series.

”It doesn’t seem like he gets old,” said Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown. ”He just doesn’t go away.”

While Cleveland’s season was highly irregular, James had another brilliant one.

He averaged 27.5 points – his highest total since 2010 – and established career-highs in assists (9.1), rebounds (8.6) and played the full slate of games for the first time. He led the league in total points Shaquem Griffin Jersey , minutes played, surpassed 30,000 career points, recorded 18 triple-doubles and was the league’s second-leading scorer in the fourth quarter (7.5 points).

The three-time champion also extended his record of scoring at least 10 points to 873 games, a mark once owned by Michael Jordan (862), the player James has spent his entire adulthood being compared to and the one he has equaled on many measures.

Jordan was not done at 33, winning three more titles. But his game aged differently. Jordan relied more on jumpers as he got older and ceded tough defensive assignments to other Bulls. James continues to take over games physically, particularly late, and he never hesitates to defend the opponents’ toughest scorers. And the Bulls never counted on their general to rebound or dish out assists as the Cavs lean on James.

James has done it all amid a strange, soap-opera-like season for Cleveland, which endured injuries, illnesses, trades and tribulations from late last summer until early spring.

”As the Land Turns is what I call it,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue Rashaan Evans Youth Jersey , who returned from an illness just last week.

Following Wednesday’s regular-season finale, James stamped this as-yet-unfinished season a personal triumph.

”It’s the best I’ve felt all season and I’ve got the numbers to back it up and I’ve got the wins to back it up as well,” he said. ”I’ve just tried to be available to my teammates every single night and do everything that I could to win ball games. Either by scoring, by rebounding, by defending, by assisting, taking charges, whatever the case may be. Statistically it all speaks for itself.”

While amassing those numbers, James has seemingly paused the aging process. Of course, it helps that he has a nutritionist, personal trainer, masseuse, cryogenic chamber and 21st century technology to keep him one step ahead of Father Time.

Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins, who was drafted in 2003 after James Cheap Quenton Nelson Jersey , is awed by his friend’s commitment and dedication. Perkins was stunned to learn James invests upward of $2 million per year on his body.

”It’s crazy. I watch how he takes care of his body, I watch how he gets treatment around the clock,” said Perkins. ”But it shows and that’s why he’s able to do what he’s been doing at this age. Everybody will be like, `Man, `Bron got to be doing something,’ and I’m like, `No, he actually put in the groundwork and everything you see is because he sacrificed.’ It’s amazing to watch.”

James isn’t done, not even close, and earlier this season he described re-writing the narrative that players in their early 30s have reached their prime.

”Hopefully I can break the mold, so when the next guy comes, he can still get $200 or $300 million and be 33 years old,” he said. ”I’m serious. This is the mold I’m trying to break. It’s not just about me, it’s for the next crew. I want it all.”

And what James wants Anthony Miller Jersey , he usually gets.

He has meticulously worked at his craft, refining his game, adding weapons. This season, James posted a career-high in 3-pointers, and according to Basketball-Reference.com , he made a higher percentage of shots from beyond 28 feet than any player – including Stephen Curry – since 2001.

As far as Brown’s concerned, James is the new standard.

”I don’t see any decline athletically and then watch it, the trend that he’s now shooting and making 3s, so you feel that he just keeps getting better,” Brown said before James scored 44 with 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Sixers. ”The fact that he can play that many minutes, that many games, seemingly not missing a beat. He is amazing.

”In my opinion, he is the best player to have ever played our sport. And he just keeps getting better. And I say that with tremendous respect to lots of other people. That’s a hell of a comment that I don’t throw out recklessly. And I just feel like his body of work makes me feel very confident and comfortable saying that. .

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