Professional Baseball player, LeBron James has reportedly become the first player to log a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams after his performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
Tuesday night also marked James’ fifth triple-double through 14 games, which included a stretch of three straight triple-doubles during a road trip through Dallas, San Antonio and Chicago.
National Sportslink learned that the 34-year-old Los Angeles laker had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists to drive the Lakers’ 112-107 victory over the Thunder. A triple-double is when a player records double-digit numbers in three different stat categories during a game.
It was gathered that Jason Kidd, now a Lakers’ assistant coach, was the first to congratulate LeBron James after Tuesday night’s Los Angeles win over Oklahoma City.
LeBron’s combination of versatility and longevity are unmatched in league history. However, reaching this milestone it also required him to move around a little — he had to switch teams to get a triple-double against the Cavaliers, Heat, and Lakers.
According to ESPN, the NBA player that is closest to accomplishing the goal next is Russell Westbrook. Currently, on the Houston Rockets, Westbrook has only the Thunder missing from his triple-double resume.
Frank Vogel, who was named head coach of the Lakes in May, called James’ accomplishment “unbelievable.”
“He’ll say it’s because he’s been in the league for so long, but we all know that it’s because he’s remarkable,” Vogel said, ESPN reported. “For him to be doing it for as long as he’s been doing it, that’s how you knock out all 30 teams with a stat like that. I don’t know if that will ever get accomplished again.”
The achievement comes after the team’s game against the Bulls last week at Chicago’s United Center arena, where James fired back at a spectator who was repeatedly heckling him during the sporting event.
“Your lady’s embarrassed to be with you,” he said back to the fan, as seen in a video recording captured by another crowd member. Another vantage point shows James telling the fan to “relax” and “enjoy the game.”
LeBron has always scored almost at will and been active on the glass. It’s his assist numbers that have jumped to a career-high season because he has been asked to play more of a point guard role. LeBron leads the league with 11.1 assists per game (Luka Doncic is second at 9.3).
However, with the recent return of the one pure point guard on the roster in Rajon Rondo, it was fair to wonder if that would that cut into LeBron’s opportunities to rack up dimes? So far, no. Plus, LeBron is finishing a few assists for Rondo, too.