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Heat's James has sights on milestone

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:30 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

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 tonight. He needs 18 points to become the 38th NBA player to score 20,000 in his career. If it happens today when the Miami Heat visit the Golden State Warriors, James will be more than a year younger than anyone 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 on the trip, yet it remains a half-game ahead of the New York Knicks for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

If James scores the historic 20,000th point tonight, 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.

Sacramento mayor to present counteroffer

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson said he has received approval from NBA commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to the league from investors who would keep the Kings in California's capital city.

Johnson said the city is in a "six-week sprint" to put together a proposal for the NBA's Board of Governors to consider. The league's deadline for teams to apply for relocation is March 1.

Reports last week said a group led by investor Chris Hansen, who wants to return the NBA to Seattle, has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Kings.

The Kings and the NBA have not commented.

T-WOLVES: Kevin Love is expected to return sometime in March after undergoing surgery on his broken right hand.

Love was hurt during the Jan. 3 game at Denver, after suffering the same injury in a workout at his home on Oct. 17. The two-time All-Star forward has played in only 18 of Minnesota's 35 games this season.

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