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MIAMI - LeBron James was desperate for some time away from basketball, so he packed up his family for a vacation this summer. Sun and sand. Rest and relaxation. Pen and paper, too. It didnt take long until the NBAs MVP took a break from taking a break. Considered the best player in the game, James remains obsessed with getting better. Thats why, on the verge of starting his 11th professional season and fourth with the Miami Heat, James fully expects the 2013-14 campaign to be his best one yet. He knows theres no shortage of challengers aiming to knock both him and his team off their respective mountaintops. "Im nitpicking now, obviously, at my own game," James said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I want that. I want to be uncomfortable. I want to continue to push the envelope and get to a point where I feel like Im trying to master everything. Now, I cant be the greatest at everything. Theres better rebounders than me. Theres better passers than me. Theres better scorers than me. But I want to be able to maximize my potential in everything I do." So thats why, when he finally got some down time this summer — after the season and before his wedding to Savannah Brinson — James didnt allow himself to totally step away from the game. Even while on vacation, and with a notepad at his side, James broke down every Heat playoff game, every moment of post-season matchup last season against Milwaukee, Chicago, Indiana and San Antonio. When he saw something that wasnt just right, he wrote it down to further analyze later. "I push myself," James said. "There are ways I can get better. I would write down the exact time, the exact play, the exact quarter, the plays where I could have did something better." At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, a marriage of size and speed that many covet, the reality is that James probably is not going to get much better physically. His shooting has improved. Hes talked plenty in recent months about becoming a better free-throw shooter. His post game has been reinvented. His defence is exceptional. Where James is getting better, those around him say, is in the thinking department. "Some skills may get sharper, but where his growth is going to take off for the next 10 years is mentally," Heat forward Shane Battier said. "Hes talking about situations now that he wasnt talking about two years ago when I first got here and understanding how to best beat those situations. Everyone always lauds his basketball IQ, but his experience is now really coming through." Four MVP awards. Two championships. Two Finals MVPs. By the end of this season — after which he could choose to be a free agent again, though he swears that he doesnt know what will happen next summer — he could be among the top 25 scorers in NBA history. Based on jersey sales, theres no more popular basketball player on the planet, something few would have imagined after all the scorn directed his way when he chose to sign with Miami. And hes not even 30 yet. "Hes a special dude," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Hes always going to continue to stay in a state of uncomfortableness. This summer was a busy summer for him and yet he always finds time to get his work in, his conditioning. He wants to add different elements." One thing he added this summer was a diamond-crusted wedding band. James wedding finally happened in September, and out of respect to the couple, guests still are leery to talk about many specifics of that night at a San Diego resort. James thought San Diego would be the ideal spot after holding some youth camps there and seeing how the weather, almost without fail, is perfect. "The best part of the wedding was probably after the wedding," James said. "It turned into a party. Basically, thats all it was. It wasnt nothing but a big old party. We gave each other our rings and after that it turned into a big old party with all my friends and family. Thats all." On Tuesday night, he gets another ring, his second NBA title ring. And he insists that hell do whatever it takes for this season to end with another party. "The man above has given me God-given ability and talent, obviously," James said. "I want to take full advantage of it." Buy Asics Shoes Cheap . The 19-year-old from Westmount, Que., was edged 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3 by third-seeded Alize Cornet of France. Cornet broke Bouchard twice in the last set and saved six break points in the three-hour match. 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The Redskins used the non-exclusive tag, worth about $11.5 million for 2014. He remains eligible to become a free agent later this month, but Washington will have the right to match any offer by another team and could receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs elsewhere. The Redskins will continue to work on a long-term deal with the 27-year-old 2009 first-round draft pick, whose play at times has straddled the line between good and elite, therefore making it a challenge to gauge his contract value. He has been most effective as a pass-rusher -- 39 1/2 sacks over five years -- but he has twice torn the pectoral muscle near his left shoulder, leading to questions about his durability. His chhances of staying with the Redskins were helped when new coach Jay Gruden retained defensive co-ordinator Jim Haslett, who plans to keep the 3-4 scheme that suits Orakpos talents.dddddddddddd. The Redskins can offer a generous deal to Orakpo now that their two-year, $36 million NFL-imposed salary-cap penalty has expired. But they have several other impending free agents on defence as well as various holes to fill elsewhere after a 3-13 season. They had previously re-signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive lineman Chris Baker. The Redskins also agreed to terms with safety Jose Gumbs on Monday for a one-year deal worth $495,000. Gumbs, undrafted out of Monmouth, made his NFL debut with Washington last season, playing in eight games with one interception. Orakpo had 10 sacks and his first career interception last season. He was selected with the No. 13 overall pick. ' ' '
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