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LeBron doubtful he can average a triple double

Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:06 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 11:10 am
James is skeptical that he can average a triple-double, won't actively pursue it.
Posted by Matt Moore

In the 1961-1962 season, Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists. It was the first and last time a player averaged a triple double in an NBA season. But when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach and his scoring load immediately decreased and his support capacity increased, the questions began. Could LeBron average a triple double in Miami?

Apparently, it's a question James has asked himself. The Miami Herald asked James and his teammates about it and the responses revealed it's not out of the question in their eyes. James admitted he was "intrigued" by the idea, but said he doesn't think Robertson's season will ever be matched, and added that it's not his goal. (Naturally his goal is to help his teammates, blah, blah, blah, give 110% and all that Jazz.)

James averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists last season. When you factor in the predicted considerably higher team FG% he'll be dishing to, and the fact that he should have a larger rebounding load (Chris Bosh isn't exactly Dwight Howard and they lack a top-tier center), this thing is within reach, or as Mike Miller put it, "doable." And it's hard to argue that James taking on that kind of load in production would be a bad thing. It would be getting the best player in the best position to contribute. It's unlikely James would let the goal distract him down the stretch if it was close, after all, he chose to sit out the remaining games last season instead of pursuing the scoring record.

James hitting a historic mark will likely only intensify the polar opposites of his public reputation. Those that think he's a selfish deferrer (which is quite the oxymoron, and yet his critics hold steadfast to that stamp) will say he's obsessed with stats and not rings, while his supporters will claim this puts him among the league's all-time greats, despite that obviously not being true without the aformentioned rings.

It's pretty stunning that a player could be on the verge of averaging a triple double and yet it will do nothing to improve his standing. "The Decision" continues to haunt.

Since: Jul 26, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:54 pm

LeBron doubtful he can average a triple double

please explain how the C's going to the finals a fluke??????i think people think making the finals is easy....its hard.....winning is hard......winning a 7 game matchup is never a fluke.....thank you for your time

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:47 pm

LeBron doubtful he can average a triple double

Celtics arn't gonna make it, this year was a fluke that they made it as far as they did.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 4:40 pm

LeBron doubtful he can average a triple double

Only LBJ would care about anything having to do with the regular season.  Maybe he should start caring about not quitting during playoff time.  MJ, Kobe, Magic, Duncan, etc...only care(d) about one thing, and that is getting a ring.  So LBJ, get your double double average and your regular season MVP and pull up a chair in front of your TV next June and get ready to watch the Lakers beat the Celtics again.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2010 3:46 pm

LeBron doubtful he can average a triple double

Not sure they can win a ring with Oklahoma as favorite in coming years.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:55 pm

LeBron doubtful he can average a triple double

Everyone cares abut their stats even if they don't think they do.  With that said... Bron could average a triple double 17/10/12, but it all comes down to the rings.  My prediction is that they will not win a ring the first year, but will 3 out of the next 5 years.  At that point people will say silly things like...he is terrible because he is selfish and he should have won 4.  Ultimately, all this talk will really go away after the first week or two of the season.  From that time on it will only come up when Barkey on TNT brings it up because they lost a game or something. 

On, a side note, does it annoy anyone else when the announcers say stuff like "this is his most important shot of his life"?

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