Peyton Manning Rumors
SLAM: When your name is brought up, not only now, but 10, 15, 20 years from now, what are you hoping people have to say about your basketball career? LeBron: First of all, that I was one of the most unselfish basketball players that played this game, at a level that he didn’t have to be unselfish—but it’s just part of my DNA. I cared for my teammates more than anything, but when I stepped out on the court, I gave it my all. There was never a moment when I didn’t give it my all. One thing that they will always be able to say is that I was a champion. They’ll never be able to take that away from me. Where they rank me, who I’m better than, who I’m not better than—I call that barbershop talk. That’s gonna happen. No matter if you like it or not, it’s gonna happen. It happens with the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. With Muhammad Ali, it’s who’s better, him or Floyd [Mayweather Jr]? Who’s better, Tom Brady or Joe Montana or Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning? It’s barbershop talk. What’s better, ham and cheese or peanut butter and jelly? They can’t even talk and people talk about them. It is what it is. For me, it’s just being able to maximize, and hopefully people will talk about some of the best qualities you have, more than the stuff that doesn’t mean anything.
Peyton Manning’s ESPYS opening monologue was surprisingly funny, but no moment topped his joke about Kevin Durant trying to join the U.S. gymnastics team. It was a solid joke, and when he got Russell Westbrook involved, the joke went to another level. Great job, Peyton. But still, Kevin Durant was not amused. Like, he really wasn’t feeling the joke.
Six years after it asked America who the best athletes of all-time were, the Harris Poll released its most recent results on Wednesday, and there’s at least one constant: Michael Jordan. Jordan was once again on top of the survey, followed by Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali, who each moved up one spot from their 2009 rankings. Tiger Woods, who in 2009 held the No. 2 spot, fell to No. 8. Rounding out the top five were Serena Williams, who wasn’t ranked six years ago, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who jumped from No. 8 to No. 5.
And like Denver’s brainy QB, Cleveland’s superstar said he has always called offensive sets and plays throughout his career, and the four-time MVP said it would be foolish for any coach not to let him do so. “Why wouldn’t you give me the freedom to play call?” James said. “It’s like telling Peyton Manning or Tom Brady (a play) and don’t give them the freedom to change in the huddle. I’m a smart, cerebral basketball player.”