Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas made an interesting claim on Aug. 8 about the Los Angeles Lakers’ small forward LeBron James.
On an episode of “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas” with Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy, Arenas said that James is the only superstar who has never had a season where he was looking for stats.
“LeBron is probably the only player, the only superstar, who never had that year,” Arenas said of superstars looking for stats. “He’s never had that year where he’s like, ‘Uh, forget everyone, I’m trying to get my stats.’ Because I said if he ever did, who’s to stop him?’ That man would have on average about 40.”
In 1,366 regular season games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers, James has racked up career averages of 27.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists. He has won a championship wherever he is, and the one-time scoring champion is the only player in NBA history to have won three Finals MVPs with three different teams.
Arenas: ‘When LeBron got in, it was all about trying to win a championship’
Arenas continued his conversation about James with Handy by saying that the King only cares about winning championships. James is a four-time champion and four-time Finals MVP.
“When LeBron got in, it was about trying to win a championship,” Arenas said. “Every year we try to win a championship. So he builds the teams to try and win championships. So he’s never really had a selfish year where he says, ‘I don’t need anyone. I want to show the world what I can do.’ That is insane to me.”
James is the only player in NBA history to be in the top 10 of all time in points and assists. The Akron Hammer is also the only player to have achieved a minimum of 10,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 10,000 assists.
James is an 18-time All-Star and will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar next season as the top scorer in NBA history. Not only has LeBron won many competitions during his storied career, but he has also set some incredible numbers.
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Next season, James will be second in NBA history in points, seventh in assists, eleventh in steals, fifth in triple-doubles, second in player efficiency and fifth in points per game.
The swingman averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists last season while shooting 52.4% from the field, 35.9% from the arc and 75.6% from the free-throw line, excellent numbers for a player in his 19th season.
James played in the Drew League on July 16 alongside Chicago Bulls star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and ran off. LBJ, who turns 38 in December, finished with 42 points, 16 rebounds, four steals and three assists. He also told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin a message that Lakers fans will love.
“I’m 100 percent healthy,” James told ESPN during the first half of the action.
James only played in 56 games last season due to multiple ailments and a one-game suspension. The four-time MVP and future Hall of Famer dealt with ankle, knee and groin problems.
The Lakers missed the playoffs in James’ first season in Los Angeles (2018-19). In the ensuing campaign, they won the Championship over the Heat and James was the catalyst. Los Angeles missed the playoffs last season, so James could produce another revenge campaign in 2022-23.
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