After 17 seasons in the NBA and playing for three different teams, LeBron James has managed to secure a triple-double against every team in the NBA — which is the first time that someone has earned this accolade in the league.
Last night, LeBron put up 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead the Lakers to their twelfth win of the season in a 112-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The game was actually closer than most had expected. LeBron hit a three from way downtown with 3:08 left to play and the Lakers were up 109-98. But then the Thunder went on a scoring streak — putting up nine unanswered points over the course of around two minutes. The lakers were only up by two points. Towards the end of their streak, Danilo Gallinari shot some free throws. After he missed the second one, Danny Green got the defensive rebound and dished it out to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (a.k.a. KCP) to hit the go-ahead dagger to increase the Lakers’ lead to five.
All throughout the history of sports, time has shown to be a powerful factor in holding records. In the NFL, the top four quarterbacks with the most passing yards average 17.75 years of play, whereas the average length of an NFL career for a quarterback is three years. In terms of points scored in the NBA, players with the longest careers tend to be higher up on the list, with the average length of the four players’ careers (including LeBron who is on that list) being 18.75 years, as opposed to the average career length of 4.8 years.
With this in mind, LeBron has mentioned that he does not plan on retiring anytime soon, in spite of joining the league 17 years ago. One of his former teammates that was drafted in the same year and one of his closest friends, Dwyane Wade, retired at the end of last season after a considerably long career. But the King has chosen a different route than most.
From this, one might ponder about the future of not only what LeBron might be able to accomplish this season, but also what he might do in years to come. Accolades like most points scored, most triple-doubles, as well as getting to play with his son Bronny James in the league are all possibilities if the King can stay healthy and decides to keep playing for a while longer.