While Opening Night of the 2019-20 season did not start off how the LeBron James led Los Angeles Lakers would have liked -- losing to their in-city rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers -- the Lakers have yet to lose a game since then. This run of success has netted them the best record in basketball. This run of success has coupled with their marque superstar making a run at the record books as well.
Point guard/forward LeBron James has recorded a triple-double over the team's last three games, making him the oldest basketball player to achieve this feat in the league's history. LeBron, at the age of 34 and 310 days, LeBron's feat has come with the continued success of his Lakers' team, which is currently contending with a rash of injuries to point guards Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.
On Friday in a nationally televised game against the Dallas Mavericks, LeBron set early season-highs in points with 39, assists at 16 and rebounds with 12 in an overtime victory. On Sunday, against another Texas opponent James is familiar with during his runs at the NBA Finals as a member of the Miami Heat, the San Antonio Spurs. James scored 21 points, dished out 13 assists, and 11 rebounds in another win.
Tuesday's win against Chicago was not always a sure thing. Throughout the game, Chicago held a double-digit lead and entered the fourth and final quarter in control of the game. During the quarter, it was the reserves for the Lakers who took the game over and gave Los Angeles the lead, before letting the King finish off the Bulls in front of their home crowd. James ended the night with 30 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers ended the comeback with a 118-112 victory.
James is still one of the top players in the league, even in his 17th season in the NBA, which is more than most players have played let alone be a top player. For context, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird played 13 NBA seasons and Michael Jordan played in 15 NBA seasons. For different reasons, James has been compared to all three of these legends, especially to Michael Jordan who is considered the greatest player the sport has ever seen. Since entering the league in 2003, James' all-around game has popularized the triple-double more than ever before, so it is only appropriate that he should set this mark on the game today.