The month of February has been an up-and-down one for Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. His team struggled, leading to a number of deals being made at the trade deadline. Through it all, James continued his high level of play.
In his 15th season, LeBron has remained arguably the NBA’s best player and continues to make history along the way. Earlier this year he became the youngest player to reach the 30,000-point mark, and now he has set another record and passed a Los Angeles Lakers legend to do so.
With his 31 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday, James cemented himself as the oldest player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a calendar month, passing Wilt Chamberlain, via ESPN:
LeBron has passed Wilt as the oldest player in NBA history to average a triple-double over a calendar month. pic.twitter.com/imWgcpMSKC
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 28, 2018
At 33 years old, James averaged 27 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.5 assists in 10 games in February, a truly impressive mark. Chamberlain was 31 years old when he averaged a ridiculous 26.8 points, 23.3 rebounds, and 11.9 assists in 13 games in March of 1968.
Additionally, James is now the first player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.
It is this level of performance that has the Lakers front office seemingly preparing everything to make a run at LeBron this summer. Even as he reaches the point in his career where his play should be beginning to fall off, there have been no signs of slowing down.
The chances of the Lakers actually signing James as a free agent still seem slim, but president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka assuredly will do everything possible to convince him to come to Los Angeles.
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