The ESPN Daily: The best scorer since Jordan, the hype around Bronny James is unprecedented, and get you a quarterback who can do both…

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GOOD MORNING!

In the grand scheme of the work week, Tuesday can seem rather bland and unenticing — still days to go before the weekend is within reach and yet devoid of the “new week, new opportunity” enthusiasm we mustered yesterday. Luckily, that is not the case in sports. So let’s get to the good stuff: James Harden is putting up ridiculous numbers (weird), Josh McCown has been flying back to Charlotte, North Carolina, from Philadelphia twice a week to coach high school ball while playing for the Eagles this season, and the Seahawks’ wide receivers continue to raise the bar on end zone performances. Here’s today’s ESPN Daily:


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So long Carolina for Cam? Earlier this season, Cam Newton — who has served as the leader and face of the Carolina Panthers franchise for much of the past eight seasons — was placed on season-ending injured reserve because the Lisfranc injury to his left foot was not responding to treatment. Now, the quarterback’s future with the Panthers seems far from certain. For all the great things he has done over his career (winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011, being named NFL MVP in 2015, and redefining the league record book for running quarterbacks), many factors suggest we might have seen the last of “Superman” in a Carolina jersey.

But there are plenty of teams that could benefit from Newton’s unique blend of athleticism and leadership. On today’s episode of the ESPN Daily podcast, ESPN senior NFL writer Jeremy Fowler joins host Mina Kimes to explore Newton’s memorable football life and what the Panthers could gain or lose without him. Listen here.


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Best scorer since Jordan … That’s right, good people — it’s time we put some respect on James Harden’s name. Nope, we’re not talking about awarding him another MVP title to add to his 2018 hardware. The recognition in question is arguably more prestigious and is a greater testament to The Beard’s entire body of work: Harden is the best scorer since Michael Jordan. Before you dismiss this statement (hi haters), let’s look at some facts:

  • Scored a season-high 60 points in 31 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday night — joining Klay Thompson and Kobe Bryant as the only players in the past 25 seasons to drop 60 points in just three quarters

  • Averaging an astounding 38.9 points per game

  • On pace to win third consecutive NBA scoring title His style is a rarity in pro basketball (the return of hero ball, anyone?)

  • He’s doing all this while paired with ball-dominant Russell Westbrook

If you’re still not convinced, Kirk Goldsberry’s got plenty more evidence where that came from. Read more.

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