Thursday, April 2, 2009

Triple Threat

Excellent piece by Michael Wilbon speculating on LeBron James's chances of equally the incomparable Oscar Robertson's achievement of averaging a triple double over the course of a season.
We see all-court brilliance like this every 25 years or so, when a player is extraordinary in basketball's primary skills: scoring, rebounding and passing. Only Oscar Robertson, in 1962, has averaged double digits in those three categories over an entire season. Only Magic Johnson, in 1982, has come truly close since. It has been such an unreachable mark, like hitting .400 for an entire season or scoring 100 points in a single game, that it's now presumed to be unthinkable that a player would average a triple-double over a full NBA season.

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