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LeBron about to become youngest to score 20,000

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LeBron about to become youngest to score 20,000

LeBron James was the youngest player in NBA history to win rookie of the year, to record a triple-double, to score 1,000 points, to score 10,000 points, to win MVP honors at an All-Star Game ...

You get the idea.

His latest youngest-to-do-it milestone could come as early as Wednesday. He needs 18 points to become the 38th NBA player to score 20,000 in his career. If it happens Wednesday when the Miami Heat visit the Golden State Warriors, James will be more than a year younger than anyone else to reach the mark.

``You look at how many players have come through this league, the history of the game,'' James said. ``That 20K mark is very limited. How many guys have done that? It's very, very limited.

``It'll be big-time. I'm not going to shy away from that. I'm not a big stats guy as far as individual, but that'll be pretty cool.''

James' teammates say he could have reached 20,000 even faster.

``If LeBron was a different kind of player, he'd have a lot more points by now,'' Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. ``He's so unselfish. We give him the ball enough to score more. He just won't do it. We've had the discussion. We've sat down at dinner and we both said, `Sometimes, I wish I had it in me.' We talk about it, we joke about it, but when the game comes he's unselfish.''

Considering James has scored at least 18 points in 74 of his last 75 games, including playoffs, the milestone would seem likely to be met against the Warriors. It's the next-to-last game of a struggle-filled road swing for the Heat. Miami is 1-3 so far on the trip, yet still remain a half-game ahead of the New York Knicks for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Maybe a little celebrating is exactly what the Heat need right now.

If James scores the historic 20,000th point on Wednesday, he will have done so at the age of 28 years, 17 days. According to STATS LLC, the youngest to date to score 20,000 points was Kobe Bryant, who got there when he was 29 years, 122 days old.

And only Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain (29 years, 134 days) and Michael Jordan (29 years, 326 days) reached the milestone before turning 30.

``LeBron can think about shooting, then he'll see one of his teammates are open, and then he makes the right play and gets the ball to them,'' Wade said.

From the time he started playing basketball, it's been driven into James' head that there's far more to the game than scoring.

Imagine if that wasn't the case.

It's a topic that some of his Heat teammates have debated more than once in recent weeks. The hypothetical scenario: What would happen if a plan was concocted to get James 35 shots in a game, or 40, or even more? How many points could he score? James has taken more than 25 shots in a game only once so far this season. Entering Tuesday's play, there's been 61 other instances of an NBA player shooting that many.

``LeBron taking 40 shots? Forget it,'' Heat guard James Jones said. ``It's never happening.''

He's probably right.

Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and James Harden are the top four scorers in the league this season, shooting a combined 48 percent. James is fifth entering Tuesday's play, shooting a career-best of nearly 55 percent.

``If you talk to all the basketball `people,' I'm not much of a scorer,'' James said. ``When the conversation comes up with the best scorers in the game today, I'm never mentioned. Ever. It's Kobe, it's KD, it's Melo, it was D-Wade, but they don't talk about us anymore. When you talk about scorers, I never get mentioned.''

In terms of games played, James could be the seventh-fastest in NBA history to join the 20,000 club.

Wednesday will be his 726th regular-season game. Chamberlain needed only 499 games to score 20,000, followed by Jordan (620), Oscar Robertson (671), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (684), Elgin Baylor (711) and Allen Iverson (713). If James gets it done on Wednesday, he'll reach the 20,000 mark one game faster than Shaquille O'Neal did.

``It shows, first of all, that I've been healthy,'' James said. ``It shows that I've been fortunate enough to be on the floor and I've been able to work on my game. I've been able to work on my game and everything that I've worked on, I've been able to transfer that to a game situation. And I've had some teammates as well that have taken a little pressure off me, or I've been able to take pressure off them, by using my talents to the best of my ability.''

Abdul-Jabbar owns the NBA record with 38,387 points. James is already just past halfway to that total.

And by his own measure, James' career is probably somewhere around the midway point.

It's not a completely farfetched notion that James could leave the game as its all-time points leader, especially since he has said in recent years that his goal is to be considered the game's greatest player when he retires.

``That many points is not what it's about for me,'' James said. ``If I happen to get there, it'll be cool. I don't think I will. I don't know - 38,000 is crazy. If I concentrated on just scoring, then I could make a push at it.''

Wade is certain that if James wanted that record, he could make a run at it.

``Obviously, no one's done it yet,'' Wade said. ``But if he stays healthy, he's the one who could challenge it.''

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Bradley Beal's girlfriend Kamiah Adams announces the couple's engagement

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Bradley Beal's girlfriend Kamiah Adams announces the couple's engagement

The Wizards didn't play on Sunday, but Bradley Beal by far had his best day of the new year.

The 26-year-old proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kamiah Adams, on Sunday, and Adams showed off her ring in a lengthy Instagram post.

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When we had first began dating, you helped me conquer a fear of Ferris wheels& heights... you took me to the top of the Ferris wheel in Vegas, and asked me to be your girlfriend. 4 years later, you helped me conquer the fear of opening up, being vulnerable, and not only loving someone unconditionally, but allowing myself to be loved unconditionally as well, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you so so much. No one else id rather spend my life with. Thank you for helping me evolve into the woman I’ve become, and for constantly challenging me to become better each and everyday. I did then, I do now, and I will FOREVER. YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!! 💍🥰 🥺🥺😩😍

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"When we had first began dating, you helped me conquer a fear of Ferris wheels & heights... you took me to the top of the Ferris wheel in Vegas, and asked me to be your girlfriend," Adams wrote. "4 years later, you helped me conquer the fear of opening up, being vulnerable, and not only loving someone unconditionally, but allowing myself to be loved unconditionally as well, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you so so much. No one else id rather spend my life with. Thank you for helping me evolve into the woman I’ve become, and for constantly challenging me to become better each and everyday. I did then, I do now, and I will FOREVER. YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!"

The couple has two kids together, both of which are boys. Their first son, Bradley Jr., was born in July of 2018, and their second son, Braylon, was born this past August.

Congrats to Brad and Kamiah!

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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