LeBron James Doubts He Can Average Triple-Double

by September 29, 2010

LBJ does his best to downplay any expectations about him having an Oscar Robertson-type of season for the Miami Heat. The Herald reports: “When Pat Riley met with LeBron James to pitch him on joining the Heat, Riley said James ‘sort of lit up’ and said, ‘That would be great if I didn’t have to score,’ that he could be maybe the first since Oscar Robertson to be a ‘triple-double guy.’ Although Heat swingman Mike Miller said it’s ‘doable’ and ESPN’s Jalen Rose said ‘he could pull it off if he chose,’ James is skeptical about averaging a triple-double. ‘Is it realistic? It’s so tough in this day and age,’ James said this week. ‘I look up to Big O so much to be able to do that. Unbelievable feat. I don’t believe it will ever be matched. It’s very intriguing. You would love to make history, but it’s not a goal of mine. My goal is to be a triple threat, not to average a triple-double. I know I can do that.’ James averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and a career-high 8.6 assists last season; his career averages are 27.8, 7.1 and 7.0. Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists in 1961-62.”