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LeBron James doesnt like to be referred to as a point guard, even though he has effectively played the position for years. Rob Ramage Jersey . He doesnt like to be classified as a power forward, even though he has won championships playing swaths of games at the position.And he has never been crazy about being called a scorer, even though hes now one of the most elite scorers in NBA history.James joined the all-time top 10 in scoring over the weekend, six weeks before his 32nd birthday. This week, hell likely become the youngest to reach 27,000 points. Hes a little uncomfortable talking about it because he doesnt want scoring to be his central legacy.Scoring has never been on my list of goals, James said. Facilitating, getting my guys involved and rebounding, defending, getting blocked shots and things of that nature always ranked above that.He says it has been gratifying that he now can call the greatest play of his career a defensive one: the chase-down block of Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. That moment is the centerpiece of his newest Nike commercial, in which James calls the block the defining play of his career.Hes making it clear he does not want to be defined as a scorer. He will not aim for 60 points in the final game of his career as Kobe Bryant did, majestically if self-servingly. If James chases a stat threshold on his final night, it will be a triple-double. And hes not waiting for the swan song; he has been chasing triple-doubles for years.The truth is, James is not as gifted at scoring as his totals indicate. Perhaps even more than the others on the NBAs top-10 scoring list, he had to pour work into becoming an elite scorer. Reaching these heights on the all-time list is a validation of his efforts. His natural talent for passing -- hes a 1-percenter in terms of vision and court awareness -- is unquestioned. Ambidextrous and blessed with excellent touch, he has been a great ball handler from an early age. But the rest didnt come as easy.James had to learn to shoot. He had to learn footwork to play from the post. He had to learn to think through the offensive game to find ways to stay potent after he began playing alongside high-scoring teammates. Those goals, he says, are what the scoring milestone is truly about.Over the first seven years of his career, James shot just 31 percent on shots from 10 to 15 feet and 36 percent on those from 16 feet to the 3-point line. Over the past seven seasons, he boosted that to 40 percent from 10-15 feet and 41 percent on the longer jumpers. Though its a battle he still fights -- including last season as his shooting numbers took a hit -- James worked to refine his balance so he has a repeatable form. He increased his field goal percentage for seven straight seasons, topping out at 57 percent in 2013-14.In the 2006-07 season, James shot just 39 percent on post-up plays, averaging 1.9 of them per game. In those days James would often not fight for position in the post and allow himself to be pushed away from the hoop -- even by smaller defenders. By 2009-10 he was hitting 57 percent of his post-up shots, though he was still averaging fewer than two per game. In 2013-14, James led the league in post-up shooting at 56 percent and had boosted his numbers to four chances per game.He honed those skills by working on technique during the summers, including in 2011 when he went to work with Hakeem Olajuwon and had it filmed so he could study the tapes.When James went to Miami in 2010, he saw his shot total fall by two to three per game. But he kept his scoring rate nearly the same. He did it by becoming devoted to efficiency, hunting for shots that werent just open, but in parts of the floor where he knew he excelled. He also became focused on improving his 3-point shooting.James and then-teammate Dwyane Wade would occasionally play games within games, trying to best each other in shooting percentage. Occasionally it miffed coach Erik Spoelstra, who thought James passed up open shots because he was focused on his percentages. During his four seasons in Miami, his true shooting percentage -- which takes into account 3-point shooting and free-throw shooting -- was 60 percent or better each year.Add that all together and its a lot of points, the type of numbers that might convince observers that he was a scorer.Ive played with a lot of great teammates that have allowed me and entrusted me to do what I do, James said. Also its a testament to me just taking care of my body and working on my craft throughout my career.Yes, that body -- its well-suited for scoring points, too. Hes 6-foot-8 and somewhere between 260 and 270 pounds. For most of the past 10 years, James has been devoted to body maintenance. Stretching, yoga, preventative training, cold tubs, hot tubs, hyperbaric chambers, dry ice therapy -- he spent time with it all to extend his career. He has missed only 57 games in 13-plus seasons, and many of them were for rest.His size also is a weapon; he just powers through contact. Since entering the league in 2003, James has 1,116 and-1s in his career, easily the most of any player in that stretch. At his peak, he was averaging 1.5 and-1s per game.James might also contend he has another thousand buckets after fouls that were not called. No matter how you look it, thats a lot of extra points.Hitting the top 10 -- James has a chance to be in the top seven by the end of the season -- has forced him to embrace his scorer status. James might not want that label, but he also cares about the games history and he likes his new company with names such as Kareem, Michael, Wilt and Kobe, to name a few.For me to be in the top 10 with so many great players that played this game ... its an honor, James said. Its pretty cool.Dave McMenamin contributed to this report. Andrei Mironov Jersey . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. John Wensink Jersey .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. When in doubt, just go crazy.And thats exactly what Shane van Gisbergen did in the opening race of the Sydney 500 on Saturday to clinch his first Supercars championship.The Holden gun finished third behind Red Bull Racing teammate Jamie Whincup for an unassailable 170-point lead with one race to go on Sunday.He becomes the first New Zealand-born driver to win an Australian touring car crown since Jim Richards in 1991.Its a pretty awesome feeling, the 27-year-old said.To finally be champion of your sport, a lifetime goal.It almost didnt happen.The Kiwi started on pole position but was jumped by Whincup and slipped back to sixth by the end of lap one.He then copped a drive-through penalty for spinning reigning champion Mark Winterbottoms Ford and fell towards the back of the grid.But a safety car with 25 laps to go helped shoot him up to ninth, before clawing his way up to third with some superb driving and brave passing.I knew people would take advantage if they had a shot and I was just too conservative, he said.I hesitated and it cost us.But once I was in that position, there was nothing to lose and I just went crazy. I hit everything except other people.Whincup, while disappointed to miss out on an unprecedented seventh title, said his intra-team rival deserved to win.Him and his crew deserve it more than anyone else, he said.The winner of the championship is the most consistent, and theyve been the most consistent. Sven Andrighetto Jersey. Van Gisbergen had been considered a mercurial talent since he started racing in the category in 2007 as a gung-ho 18-year-old.But, after switching to the factory-backed Red Bull outfit this season from the family-run Tekno Autosports, the 27-year-old has been incredibly consistent and measured.He finished on the podium in each of the past eight races leading up to the finale, including Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast.Three of those were wins, while Whincup took out the other five.Van Gisbergens hot form continued on the streets of Olympic Park, setting a new lap record in practice on Friday before smashing it again in qualifying.Having seen Shane develop since he first came in the series to where he is now, mature and settled down, has been impressive to watch, said Holden Racing Team veteran Garth Tander, who finished the race second.The drive that he put in today after what happened in the early laps, to come back on the podium the way he did, is probably a sweeter way to win the championship.The season ends with a second 74-lap race on Sunday, the last time Sydney will host the finale before it heads to Newcastle in 2017. 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