Remembering the last time LeBron scored fewer than 10 points in the regular season … 16 years ago


LeBron James IS Known for it Uncanny ability to recall specific moments From any point throughout his pro basketball career, it happened minutes or even years ago.

But when asked earlier this week about the milestone he reached Thursday — 16 years and 1,125 regular-season games without scoring fewer than 10 points — James was stumped.

“Really?” he told ESPN. “I don’t remember.”

It turns out James isn’t alone.

No one remembers the game? It was January 5, 2007, a Cleveland Cavaliers95-86 road wins on The Milwaukee Bucks During James’ fourth season in the NBA.

His line: nine assists, five rebounds, 3-for-13 shooting from the field in 43 minutes.

And eight points.

“When I went to see the box score I was like, ‘Well, maybe i am Had a good game,'” Daniel Marshall, now an assistant with the G League’s Greensboro Swarm and a forward on that 2006-07 Cavaliers team, told ESPN. “Then I looked at the box score and I was like, ‘Well, I didn’t even do anything.’

“If you ask me, ‘Do you remember 30-plus and LeBron was in the single digits?’ I was hoping it would have some memories,” said Drew Gooden, a former Cavaliers forward who now works as an analyst. Washington Wizards broadcast, said ESPN with a laugh.

There was one person, however, who had a crystal clear memory of what happened that night: then-Bucks coach Terry Stotts.

“Honestly, I remember that game vividly — and not because LeBron didn’t score 10,” Stotts said by phone Wednesday morning.

The final play of that Cleveland win — Michael Redd’s layup with 14.8 seconds left — would turn out to be the beginning of the end for Stotts’ tenure in Milwaukee.

“Michael had a dunk in the last seconds of the game,” Stotts told ESPN. “A pointless dunk. We were down nine.

“[But] He goes to dunk the ball and he does something to his knee and misses the next 20 games. … We went 3-17.”

And, a little more than two months later — after the Milwaukee Cavaliers entered the game with a .500 record and had won seven of their previous nine games — Stotts was fired.

But while the game featured significant results for the Bucks, it was just another night for Cleveland en route to a wildly successful season that ended with a loss in the NBA Finals. San Antonio Spurs.

So while James’ former teammates may not remember much about a random January game 16 years ago, the memories of playing with him remain strong.

“I’m amazed at how much he’s developing and growing and figuring things out, with the weight of the world on his shoulders,” Gooden said.

“He’s a real-life superhero, who’s always available.”

For Marshall, hooray Having spent parts of three seasons with James as part of a career that saw him play for eight different teams, James has lasting memories of someone who was dedicated to both improving and learning the history of the game from a very young age.

“I’ve played with a lot of superstars, but never one who studied the game from that age,” Marshall said. “He wanted as soon as the game was over [to watch] film

“To me, a lot of guys today aren’t necessarily students of the game. A lot of guys don’t know the players who played before him, that paved the way for him. He’s a guy, though, who knows Oscar Robertson’s stats. He knows Kareem. [Abdul-Jabbar’s] He knows the statistics Wilt ChamberlainIts statistics.”

Meanwhile, Gooden said what stood out to him was that James was under the basketball microscope at every point in his life, going all the way back to his high school days at St. Vincent-St. In Akron, Ohio, Mary has always met the moments set before her.

“He just always figures it out,” Gooden said. “Just being able to create under pressure. I’ve known him since I was 15, so it’s a different perspective than knowing him for 26 years. …

“He had this Nike campaign, about how we witnessed his greatness. Well, we all witnessed it. That’s all. This, so much more.”

To put James’ streak into perspective: Marshall played 957 games over 15 NBA seasons. Gooden, meanwhile, has played 790 games over 14 years in the league — both more and more than the average NBA player’s career.

“It’s actually more surprising that he scored under 10 points than it is that he hasn’t done it in 16 years,” Marshall said. “Early in your career, your rookie year, you’re going to have some games where you might not score more than 10. But the greatness he’s shown and what he’s done, I’d say I’m even more surprised that he’s 10 points a game. I’m surprised with less than a streak.”

Former Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson, on the other hand, was a rookie that season. Asked about playing with James, Gibson immediately recalled his pre-draft workouts before the 2006 draft, when Cleveland took him with the 42nd overall pick.

“I had a terrible workout in Houston, and then the Cavs were my second workout,” Gibson, now an assistant coach with the G League’s Cleveland Charge, told ESPN. “And [LeBron] Been there and I did amazing.

“After the workout, he came up to me and it gave me all the confidence in the world. LeBron Jamesyou [just] Hoping for a chance on a roster — let him tell you if I’m still available, to be on their roster.

“He instilled a lot of confidence in me and then I learned about him from the day I got to the Cavs, man. He was the best player in the world to me and he’s still the first one. Jim, the last one to leave.”

“At first I was like, ‘This is another one of those records that’s made up,’ but then I realized it’s not. It’s like a real record.”

LeBron James, streak of 1,125 regular-season games with at least 10 points

For his part, James said he doesn’t pay much attention to the regular-season game streak, saying it’s just something he mentions whenever it pops up on his social media timeline or is mentioned in the media.

And, he said, when he looks at the box score at halftime, his point total isn’t something he focuses on.

“I watch it,” James said, “but the things I watch the most are our team’s turnovers, the other team’s points off turnovers, our opponent’s fast break points, my own turnovers.

“That’s pretty much it. I don’t look at total points much.”

James is the closest The streak came to be broken on March 20, 2021, when he took to the court in agony and frustration after spraining his ankle after landing. Atlanta Hawks Forward Solomon Hill.

It briefly looked like he might not be able to continue playing. But he managed to hit a 3-pointer to reach 10 points before calling timeout and leaving the game.

It would turn out to be James’ last game in more than a month, though James said he wasn’t aware at the time of the impact of the 3-pointer he made.

“Not until the game is over,” James said.

Another notable moment during the streak came in the 2017–18 regular-season finale New York KnicksWhereas James, who had a goal of playing all 82 games, immediately exited the competition Scored exactly 10 points in 11 minutes.

However, James’ double-digit point streak became a bigger deal over time — especially after he passed Michael Jordan. 866 earlier records Consecutive regular season games on March 30, 2018, a win over the Cavaliers New Orleans Pelicans — It wasn’t something he hadn’t thought of trying to achieve.

“I was like, ‘Oh, that’s pretty cool,'” James said, referring to Jordan’s passing. It’s like a real record. But, I don’t know. I just go out and play.

“It’s the same with the all-time scoring record when I get it [aimed for it] … it’s pretty nice. I mean, I can’t just sit here and go, ‘Oh, well, that doesn’t make sense.’ Because it does. But I didn’t set out to do it. I didn’t.”

Whether James’ goal was to achieve it or not, 16 years later he’s still doing it, close to breaking Abdul-Jabbar’s once-seemingly insurmountable mark as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points.

For Gooden, though, it gives him a chance to prove to his 10-year-old son, Drew Gooden IV, that his dad actually knows a thing or two about playing with one of the greats.

“I show my son this box score,” Gooden said with a laugh, asking about his son James “all the time.”

“He’ll say to me, ‘Have you talked to LeBron? Did you know it’s his birthday?'” Gooden continued. “He’s a huge LeBron fan, and he’s at an age now where he knows that’s true, because there’s data to back it up.

“There have been some historic nights that I’ve been a part of with him. But I never thought there would be a historic night where he scored in single digits and I had 31.”


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