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MOUNT JAMES-MORE: LeBron Says Goal is to Be Tops

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DALLAS -- LeBron James caused a bit of stir around basketball circles when he said he would include himself on a 'Mount Rushmore' of NBA all-timers.

James put himself in with Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson.

"The facts are the facts and I believe in myself. These are my personal goals,'' James said after Miami's practice Monday evening at AmericanAirlines Center in Dallas.

"I don't care if no one else puts me with the best ever or where the so-called gurus of basketball put me when I'm done. I believe I can be one of the best if not the best to ever play this game. And that's my personal goal.''

Bill Russell, who won an NBA-record 11 titles with the Celtics, noticed he wasn't part of James' list of legends and apparently mentioned it to him at the All-Star Game. Russell reportedly says he was always about being team-first so he wasn't upset about being left off such a list. James said he wouldn't comment on Russell's comments.

"Obviously I have the utmost respect for Bill Russell for what he's been able to do not only on the floor but off it,'' James said when asked about Russell. "He paved the way for guys who came after him.''

-- Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said he had a full compliment of players at practice Monday.

-- Dwyane Wade was back on the court Monday after missing Miami's previous two games prior to the break.

On Monday, Wade took part in Miami's full practice after playing limited minutes in Sunday's All-Star Game.

Wade said he wanted to play in the game as a thank you to fans who voted him onto the starting lineup.

"I wanted to play for my fans from around the world who voted me in,'' Wade said. "I tried to represent them as much as possible then got out of the way to let the young guys get in there. Guys did that for me when I came in. In my first All-Star Game, Vince Carter started but I was the one out there playing in the fourth quarter.''


When, Where: 8:30 p.m.; AmericanAirlines Center, Dallas

TV/Radio: Sun Sports; WAXY 790-AM, 104.3-FM, WAQI 710-AM (Spanish)

The series: Mavs lead 29-25

Scouting report: Dallas was playing real well going into the break by winning six of seven. The Heat, which won five of six before the break, beat Dallas in the the first meeting 110-104 in Miami back on Nov. 14.




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