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LeBron James compares himself to Tom Brady: We'll play 'until we can't walk no more'

LeBron James compares himself to Tom Brady: We'll play 'until we can't walk no more'

Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time. LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time.

But the similarities don't end there, according to James.

When asked about his NBA future Friday, James brought up the Patriots quarterback in relation to his own eventual retirement.

"I'm not at the end of my story," said James. "Me and Tom Brady are one and the same. We're going to play until we can't walk no more."

Laugh if you want, but both future Hall of Famers are still going strong deep into their respective careers.

Brady had the perfect response to LeBron on Twitter:

Brady, who has consistently said he'd like to play until he's 45, explained that goal this week on WEEI.

“I think I have always said 45 just because that’s a good goal to set because that is one that has been pretty hard to get to for most guys."

Brady's success at 42 is already unprecented, having led the Patriots to the league's best record through 10 weeks, throwing almost 282 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.

While Brady is still going strong in his 20th career season, James is still one of the NBA's most dominant players in his 17th year. The 34-year-old is averaging 23.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, and a career-high 11.1 assists.

"We've been friends for a long time. I've always admired him. He's a great athlete, player," Brady said when apprised of James's comments Friday. "I think he loves the sport, he loves basketball, he loves the competition. I feel the same way about football."

And while neither player is ready to hang 'em up anytime soon, there's still one major difference between their careers.

While LeBron has won three NBA championships — with a 3-6 record in the Finals — Brady is 6-3 in his nine trips to the Super Bowl.

Advantage: Brady.

 

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Report: Bill Belichick was 'furious' upon learning of Patriots-Bengals video incident

Report: Bill Belichick was 'furious' upon learning of Patriots-Bengals video incident

The New England Patriots have a major distraction on their hands entering Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Guess what Bill Belichick doesn't like? Distractions.

The Patriots head coach was "furious" upon learning the NFL was investigating his team for illegally taping Cincinnati's sideline in Cleveland during last Sunday's Browns-Bengals game, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported Tuesday.

New England said in a statement Monday the three-person production crew was in Cleveland to film a team scout for an upcoming episode of "Do Your Job," the team's online video series highlighting the work of staffers behind the scenes.

The production crew had no connection or correspondence with New England's football operations, the team insisted, and Belichick said twice this week he had absolutely no knowledge of their filming before he was notified of the investigation.

The Patriots still could face discipline, however, considering the production crew allegedly violated an NFL rule by reportedly training a camera on the Bengals' sideline for more than eight minutes.

According to Howe, Belichick and his football operations department also could take action.

"The Patriots have also taken steps toward handling the matter internally," Howe wrote. "Those in the production wing fear jobs are at stake."

Howe added a few more details to what we know about the incident so far, including:

-- The three-person Kraft Sports Productions crew included a full-time producer and two independent contractors (an audio technician and video technician).

-- The producer was unaware of the rule that prohibits teams from shooting video of opponents' sidelines, in part because Kraft Sports Productions has permission to shoot the Patriots' sideline during home games.

There's still no word on if or how the NFL will punish the Patriots, but at the very least, the incident has focused unwanted attention on a team that's lost two games in a row.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on 'positively absurd' Spygate 2.0

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on 'positively absurd' Spygate 2.0

Like most of the rest of the NFL world, Rich Eisen of the NFL Network is amazed that we are talking about what has become known as Spygate 2.0 - the Patriots again being accused of taping an opposing teams' sideline - and the repercussions surrounding it. 

He joined Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast to provide a little national perspective on the controversy and his first reaction was how "positively absurd" it was that the Pats are being accused of the same behavior that they were punished for back in 2007.

"If the Patriots did attempt something like this again, how remarkably brazen it would be?" Eisen told Curran. "I couldn't imagine being in that press box and seeing that happen? That's what makes it so positively absurd. How does anybody that represents anything to do with the Patriots not know you're not supposed to shoot the other team's sideline?''

Eisen predicted that the Patriots' admission of a "unintended oversight" in taping the sideline of the Cincinnati Bengals while they were playing the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday and Bill Belichick's adamant denial of knowing anything about the operation, won't prevent a hefty fine from being leveled by the NFL against the team. 

I'm sure there are a lot of people who are breathing fire at One Patriot Place," Eisen said. "Even if it was a clueless botched operation, I think the Patriots get fined. They still shot video of another teams' sideline and bottom line is that's a no-no, an absolute no-no.

"I'm assuming its a hefty fine for the team that's coming."

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Eisen's comments come near the end of the episode. Former Patriots backup quarterback Matt Cassel joins Curran earlier and talks about how the original Spygate accusations back in '07 were a motivating factor for a Patriots team that went on to a 16-0 regular season.

"We were shocked at how it took on a life of its own," Cassel recalled. "It honestly was comical the way they took it, with people thinking we had it all figured out, we filmed them and we knew all their signs. The best thing that possibly could've happened is we came out for the rest of the season after the knowledge that Spygate took place and everyone saying 'That's why they won their Super Bowls' and we just dominated." 

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