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DP: Facts are facts though, Jerry. What you did in your era, what Kobe did in his era, or what Michael Jordan did in his era. Greatness is greatness.
JW: I love to play the game. A lot of people play it today because there are enormous amounts of money. There was very little money when we played, and you did it because you liked to compete. I've always felt that if I had one talent, it was the ability to compete at a high level. I really wasn't afraid of somebody's name. I wasn't afraid of a team. I think a lot of players in this league who have great talent and who play the game at a high level, sometimes there's a little something missing. And I don't know what that is. But I think if my career had been a little different in terms of winning championships—not getting there, but winning championships—I might be able to look at myself and say I accomplished more than some players have done in their entire career. But for my body of work here in Los Angeles, I've had an incredibly lucky and fortunate career, and I'm so thankful that I was able to play it with one team and stay with one team my entire career.
• Money Card
In 2004 Albert Pujols signed a seven-year, $100 million contract. With one year left on the deal—and having seen Ryan Howard ink a five-year, $125 million extension with the Phillies in April—I asked the three-time NL MVP if he needed to be baseball's richest player in order to stay put. "I leave that up to my agent and the St. Louis Cardinals," he said. "I want to be [in] St. Louis. But like I tell my agent, when it comes to [agreeing on a new contract], we're going to take care of business."
• Royal Choice
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says LeBron James's free agency informed his decision to turn down the Cavs: "I looked at [it] differently than any other job [offer I've received]: The owner [Dan Gilbert] is a Michigan State grad, the compensation, where it was [Izzo prefers the Midwest], having a chance to win a championship. If [LeBron] was there and all those other factors were there, it probably would have had [a] bigger impact."
• Line of the week
Texas football coach Mack Brown on why he wanted to remain in the Big 12 instead of jumping to the Pac-10: "Our players' parents were pretty adamant that they [be able to] drive to the games and see their kids play."
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