LeBron James Surpasses Lakers’ Legend Kobe Bryant with this Remarkable Record

Published 01/02/2021, 1:02 AM EST
Dec 30, 2020; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James has done nothing but create history since he entered the NBA. James entered the league in 2003, and since then, he has consistently put up great numbers and defied the high expectations placed upon him. Since James joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, he has rendered himself to Laker Nation, and now, he has tied a Lakers legend with a great record.

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James breaks Kobe’s record

James recorded a triple-double against the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. This marked his 22nd triple-double since joining the Lakers.

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He surpassed Kobe Bryant with this triple-double and now has the third-most triple-doubles in Los Angeles Lakers. He is currently behind Elgin Baylor (24) and Magic Johnson (138).

Additionally, this triple-double was LeBron’s 58th since turning 30 years old in 2014. He tied former player and Lakers’ assistant coach Jason Kidd for most triple-doubles after crossing 30 years of age. Whatever the year, James continues to make history wherever he goes.

LeBron James continues to make history

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LeBron James surpassing Kobe Bryant in triple-doubles for the Lakers is truly remarkable. Kobe Bryant played in the NBA for 20 years and spent his entire career with the Lakers.

James, on the other hand, only joined the Lakers in 2018 and has surpassed the Lakers legend in just two-and-a-half years after his arrival.

At this rate, he can very well surpass Elgin Baylor who is second on the list with 24 triple-doubles for the purple and gold. However, surpassing Magic Johnson with 138 triple-doubles might be too much even for LeBron James. But James continues to cement his place in Lakers’ lore with consistently good performances.

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James’ 58 triple-doubles since turning 30 have shown how good he has been over the past six years. Most players tend to decline in athleticism, performances, and ability as they go above the age of 30. However, James has aged like fine wine, and he only seems to get better as he grows older.

At 36 years of age, James is showing no signs of slowing down. The reigning Finals MVP will be hoping to defend the Lakers’ championship crown this season. However, it will not be easy as there are several teams in the NBA that can prove a threat to the Lakers’ title defense. But with James playing like this, they have a very good chance to retain their chip.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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