LA Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James has several nicknames, one of the most popular ones being “The Chosen One.” The four-time MVP has a tattoo of that nickname on his back and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a junior in high school with “The Chosen One” as the title.
LeBron James is the only player in NBA history to rank top 10 all-time in points and assists and could pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list one day. For some of the critics who don’t believe James is “The Chosen One,” LeBron proved once and for all he deserves his nickname.
LeBron James is putting up MVP numbers at 36
LeBron James is 36 and has so many miles on his body. However, the four-time Finals MVP is still putting up MVP numbers. He’s averaging 25.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.0 assists on the season while shooting 51.0% from the field, 36.5% from beyond the arc, and 69.6% from the free-throw line.
After winning his fourth title and fourth Finals MVP by leading the Lakers to the 2020 championship over the Miami Heat, James became the first player in NBA history to win three Finals MVPs with three different teams. Wherever LeBron goes, his teams win titles.
The Lakers faced the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday on the second night of a back-to-back. Not only did LeBron James play and lead LA to victory, but he once again made NBA history along the way.
LeBron James is the oldest player in NBA history with back-to-back triple-doubles
On Monday against the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James put up 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in 30 minutes. The King followed that up with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in 31 minutes versus the Timberwolves.
At 36-years-old, James is the oldest player in NBA history with back-to-back triple-doubles. As crazy as it sounds, LeBron has defeated Father Time. The three other Hall of Famers from the 2003 draft class aren’t doing things like this. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are retired, and Carmelo Anthony is coming off the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Lakers are still playing without Anthony Davis, who is recovering from an Achilles injury. Until Davis gets back, James will have to carry LA on his back.
LeBron James is two titles away from tying Michael Jordan. As everyone knows, MJ was LeBron’s favorite player growing up. If James ends up tying Jordan, the GOAT debate will get even louder.
Bron reacts to making history
LeBron James took to social media to react to making history yet again. Clearly, the future Hall of Famer is having fun defying the odds at 36.
Once Anthony Davis comes back, the Lakers will be title contenders again. LA is 27-13 on the season, good for third place in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers will not rush Davis back since they need him to be healthy for the playoffs.
Don’t be surprised if LeBron James continues to put up triple-doubles while Anthony Davis is out. The 17-time All-Star has no problem playing big minutes for the Lakers and having a high usage rate since he’s the leader of the team and the best player in the NBA.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.