LeBron James continues to defy Father Time in his 18th season and in doing so keeps adding his name to the NBA record book already littered with documentation of the Los Angeles Lakers star’s remarkably unparalleled career.
James had his fourth triple-double of the season (22 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) in Monday’s’ 128-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. StatMuse noted after the game that James is the first player in NBA history to notch 10 triple-doubles after turning 35 years old.
LeBron James is the first player in NBA history with 10 triple-doubles after turning 35 years old. pic.twitter.com/1woPe77mOW— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 16, 2021
Jason Kidd is the only player who came close to notching as many triple-doubles after turning 35 years old with eight. No other player in NBA history has more than three after reaching the age of 35.
As noted, James continues to make NBA history on a stunningly consistent basis. In February, he became only the third player ever to score 35,000 points in his career, joining Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone (36,928) and fellow Lakers icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).
James put the NBA on notice last week when he noted how he entered the unofficial second half of the 2020-21 season rested, refreshed and ready to roll when the league resumed play last week following the All-Star break. Given how he continues to accumulate accolades and break records while dominating a league long known as a young man’s game, it stands to reason the 36-year-old James has no designs on hanging up his sneakers anytime soon.
And why should he? After all, James is putting up another MVP-caliber campaign this season, averaging 25.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists while posting a 50.9/35.9/68.9 shooting percentage line across 38 games.
James has also managed to keep the Lakers afloat despite being shorthanded by the absence of Anthony Davis, among others. After Monday’s victory, the Lakers sit at 26-13 and in the No. 3 slot in the Western Conference, trailing only the Utah Jazz (28-10) and Phoenix Suns (26-12).