James Records Historic Triple-Double
Once again, LeBron James is the answer. He’s the only answer to the question: Who’s having the best 2012 in the sport? One more time Wednesday night at these Olympics, James was the counter to the latest sluggish spells that saw Team USA give away almost all of a 14-point halftime lead in a matter of seconds to a scrappy but starless squad from Australia whose only player on the Americans’ level — Andrew Bogut — is back home recovering from ankle surgery.
With the first triple-double that anyone in the FIBA realm could remember, James made sure that Team USA survived its ongoing focus issues, thereby inching within two more wins of becoming just the second player ever to win the NBA championship, NBA MVP trophy and a gold medal in the same calendar year, something only Michael Jeffrey Jordan has managed before him.
With his 11 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in this eventual 119-86 runaway against the Aussies, James brought some beauty in the building to mask the ugly scenes hours earlier in the Spain-France game, lowlighted by Nicolas Batum’s indefensible punch to Juan Carlos Navarro’s groin and the back-and-forth accusations later between the longtime European rivals about flopping and tanking.