LeBron James likens himself to ‘fine wine’ after 14th triple-double
LeBron James on Tuesday night led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 129-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns in spectacular manner by notching his 14th triple-double of the season, a career-high for the 33-year-old. And the still-dominant veteran superstar made it a point to mention he’s still as good as ever despite his advancing age.
“You can just say I’m like fine wine; I get better with age. That’s what it says,” James said following his 28-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist performance, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
James averaged a triple-double in February (27.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 10.5 assists) — the first time he has ever done so in his standout career — mentioned his recent level of play is “probably at an all-time high.” It also merits mentioning that James earlier this month achieved an incredibly remarkable career milestone as well.
And James is showing no signs of slowing down in the month of March, averaging 28.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists in seven games.
After Tuesday’s win, James reflected on how he was able to notch yet another triple-double — the 69th of his career, good for No. 6 on the NBA’s all-time list.
“I think I was just playing in all three facets and more,” James said. “I was able to get a charge as well, pick up a couple blocks, couple steals. It’s just being around the court and being reliable to my teammates. For me to be able to clean glass and get my guys good looks where they were able to just catch and shoot or catch and lay it up, it made it a lot easier for me, for sure. With the scoring, I just tried to be aggressive and got to the free throw line tonight and was able to knock those down too.”
Like fine wine, indeed.