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Cleveland Cavaliers Fans: You Don't Want LeBron James To Average a Triple-Double

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 6: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers scores against the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on March 6, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Daniel LockeContributor IApril 12, 2009

LeBron James has the potential to average a triple-double for a season, but many commentators agree that to do it, he'd have to average even more minutes per game.

He'd also have to be pushed to achieve his maximum potential, and the truth is, Cavs fans don't want him to be.  

No matter how exciting the results might be, no matter how magnificent the season, no matter that it is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement (not just for him, but for us fans)...

You. Don't. Want. It.

As Larry Bird and Magic Johnson pushed each other to achieve their potentials, LeBron needs a rival.

But he has none. There is no competing player with similar skills and physique.

He won't be pushed by great competition, as he already dominates the best teams. It would truly take a "perfect storm" to force LeBron to raise his game and increase his minutes. 

It could only happen now, with LeBron young enough to log the extra time and experienced enough (after six seasons) to play smartly. 

But currently, the better he plays, the less he plays. The Cavs blow out the Celtics at home, and he sits the entire third quarter. With a superstar, that is the norm.

In the 2005-2006 season, another superstar was pushed to his max. He had championship rings and played for the same team he does now, which was then horrible.

His name was Kobe Bryant, and he averaged 35.1 points a game for that season. No one had reached such a number since Michael Jordan.  

For LeBron to be pushed to his limit for an entire season, he would have to face similar circumstances. For LeBron to do what Magic could not (and what Jason Kidd could not, and what MJ could not), his team would need to lose lots of games.  

The Cavs would have to drop out of first place. They'd need to plummet to the bottom of the standings and lose single contests by 20 or even 30 points. The King would have to play entire fourth quarters not just against starters, but against backups.  

Cleveland would have to be getting blown out so severely that LeBron would play 44 ineffectual minutes a game and get significant burn against opposing benches.  

We've seen him dominate the best defenses in the league. We've seen him at his best against the best. 

If we want to see LeBron average a triple-double, we'd need to see him at his best against the worst. As in, pine-warmers and former D-leaguers.

We'd have to watch him in what would otherwise be "garbage time," racking up stacks and trying to lose by a respectable margin instead of by some obscene amount.

That would be the only way for him to get the minutes against players he could dominate by himself. 

So, Cavs fans, do you really want LeBron to average a triple-double?

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