And at this stage in James' career, with three championships, eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances to his name and an equally burgeoning business and political profile off the court, James is a transcendent star.,Johnson said the Lakers didn't want to make the team like the Cleveland Cavaliers all over again for James.,James was just starting to find his footing with this new cast in Los Angeles.,Since his return from injury, the Lakers have a defensive rating of 109.6 when James is on the floor in four wins; the Lakers have a defensive rating of 113.1 when James is on the floor in the eight losses.,Most of the roster wasn't going to be back next year anyway, given the team's insistence on signing players to only one-year contracts to preserve salary-cap space for a second star this summer.
A combined five athletes currently rank in the top-10 of the all-around standings as Maggie Nichols (first), Brenna Dowell (sixth) and Anastasia Webb (seventh) represent OU, and Trinity Thomas (fourth) and Alicia Boren (10th) represent the Gators.,In 2015, OU set the school record with a 198.500, scoring better than a 49.500 on every event (49.525 on vault, 49.500 on bars, 49.750 on beam, 49.725 on floor).,CONFERENCE HONORS
Junior Maggie Nichols (Event Specialist of the Week) and sophomore Anastasia Webb (Gymnast of the Week) were each honored by the Big 12 this week for their performances at the Metroplex Challenge.,Seniors Brenna Dowell (AA), Nicole Lehrmann (VT, UB, BB) and Alex Marks (UB), juniors Jade Degouveia (VT, FX), Maggie Nichols (AA) and Bre Showers (AA), sophomores Jordan Draper (FX), Karrie Thomas (UB), Carly Woodard (BB) and Anastasia Webb (AA) and freshmen Emma LaPinta (FX), Allie Stern (VT, FX) and Olivia Trautman (VT, BB, FX) have all competed.,A GLANCE AT OKLAHOMA
NORMAN— The No. 1 Oklahoma men's gymnastics team hosts the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes inside McCasland Field House Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT as the Sooners chase their 105th straight victory.,Oklahoma continues its chase for its fifth straight national title on Saturday as the No. 1 Sooners (7-0) welcome No. 8 Ohio State (2-3) to McCasland Field House at 7 p.m. CT.,Entering his 20th season at the helm of OU men’s gymnastics, head coach Mark Williams and his team are aiming at an NCAA men's gym record 12th national championship in 2019.,In the Road to Nationals rankings, OU holds the top team average (414.500) along with the top spot on floor exercise (70.325), still rings (70.025), vault (72.450) and high bar (67.250).,Individually, senior co-captain Genki Suzuki recorded the top all-around score of the season (83.600) in last weekend's home opener, putting him at No. 1 in the all-around ranks.
Senior Brenna Dowell took home a pair of event titles, earning the vault title outright with a 9.95 and sharing the floor title with a 9.925.,Webb tied her season high with a 9.875 in the leadoff spot.,Showers tied her season high with a 9.9 in the No. 4 spot.,Trautman and Lehrmann led off the event, both earning 9.85s.
Floor was the highlight of the night as the Sooners posted a season-best 49.575 in the final rotation to secure the victory.,The event saw career and season highs as four Sooners posted a 9.925.
Stephen Curry never embarrassed himself more than on Monday, when he overshadowed the Golden State Warriors' 130-111 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers by slipping on a dunk attempt and airballing a 3-pointer all on the same possession.,"See, what happened was the L.A. Kings had a game right before us and they must not have put the floor back on top of the ice all the way, 'cause there was a little wet spot and I slipped," he joked.,All in all, it wasn't Curry's best night from the floor, as the two-time MVP went just 3-of-12 from the field and 2-of-10 from the 3-point line.,He and the Warriors remain in first place in the Western Conference, however, and resume play Thursday against the Washington Wizards (watch on fuboTV with NBA League Pass extension).,Plus, there's no Washington Capitals game scheduled for right beforehand.
NORMAN – For the second consecutive week, junior Jade Degouveia (Event Specialist of the Week) and freshman Olivia Trautman (Newcomer of the Week) earned Big 12 weekly awards, the conference announced Monday.,Degouveia was named the Big 12 Event Specialist for the second time in her career after tying her career high on vault and setting her career high on floor.,The junior won the event title on vault with a 9.950 on her Yurchenko 1.5.,Trautman earned her second straight weekly honor as she once again took home the floor title.,Trautman added a career high on vault with a 9.875 and notched a 9.825 as she led off on beam.
Haines had a team-best 22 points and added 13 boards to lead four players in double figure scoring for Sacred Heart, which evened its record at 7-7 overall.,Tayla Simmons scored 16 points and Emilija Krista Grava and Nakylia Carter added 14 points apiece in the loss for Wagner (3-11, 1-2 NEC).,FAIRFIELD — Alana Gilmer and Rebekah Hand combined to score more than half of the Red Foxes’ points in a road win over the Stags.,Gilmer scored a game-high 16 points and Hand posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Marist, which improved to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in the MAAC.,Katie Armstrong was the only player to score in double digits for Fairfield (3-11, 0-3) with 10 points.
Oklahoma begins its chase for its fifth straight national title on Saturday, as the preseason No. 1 Sooners head west to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to face a challenging slate of opponents at the Rocky Mountain Open.,Senior Yul Moldauer is looking to conclude a historic collegiate career, coming off a junior season in which he earned four individual national titles (AA, FX, VT, PB), in addition to All-America nods on , pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and all-around.,Other key returners are senior Genki Suzuki, an All-American on pommel horse last season, and junior Tanner Justus, who earned All-America honors on vault in 2018.,Last season marked Moldauer's second all-around national title, after claiming the crown during his freshman season in 2016.,Guimaraes, a product of 5280 Gymnastics in Colorado, finished just behind Goodell in the all-around at the U.S. Championships, claiming fourth, but took home junior national titles on floor exercise and vault.
Senior Brenna Dowell (Gymnast of the Week), junior Jade Degouveia (Event Specialist of the Week) and freshman Olivia Trautman (Newcomer of the Week) each received accolades from the league.,Dowell was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for the second time in her career after competing in the all-around for the first time at the collegiate level.,Dowell’s beam score was a career high as she made her collegiate debut on the event.,Degouveia earned her second career Big 12 honor and first recognition as Event Specialist after setting a career high on both vault and floor.,In her collegiate debut, Trautman shined as she competed on three events to earn her first career Big 12 weekly honor.