LeBron James apologized to wife because of in quest of hoops greatness he can take her for granted

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LeBron James is in the legacy portion of his career, the awards and titles he racks up now just help cement his place in history, whatever you think that is. Coach David Thorpe, who will be on PBT’s Podcast tomorrow, threw in during that talk that he already sees LeBron as a top five player all time.

Wherever you rank him, nobody that follows him thinks he doesn’t put in the work. He was handed incredible physical gifts, but he puts in the work to get the most out of them. He’s also a student of the game. He’s passionate about being great.

All of that work can take away time and focus from the other important aspects of life. Like family. LeBron talked about that on a recent Road Trippin’ podcast hosted by the Cavs’ Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.

“I am addicted to the process. I’m addicted to the process,” James said. “It’s so funny. I just told my wife the other day, I apologized to her. She was like ‘What are you apologizing for?’ I said ‘Because the journey that I’m on to want to be the greatest to ever play this game or to the point where no one ever forgets what I accomplished, I’ve at times lost the fact of how important you are to this whole thing. … I want you to understand that along this journey while I’m playing this game there will be times that I lose the fact of how important you and my three kids are – my babies are.’ ”

I’m not going to speculate about what goes on in the James household, but if his wife is anything like my wife admitting your mistakes and flaws — and trying to work on them — is a start. Like everyone with busy lives — including a lot of people reading this — what matters is making sure the time you do spend with family/friends is quality time, focused time. In a world of multitasking, those moments focused on the other are what matters most.

Hat tip USA Today for this story.

Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)

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The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.

David West pump fakes past one Trail Blazer, posterizes another (video)

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David West is 37 years old.