On Saturday night, LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to score another win against the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the playoffs.
This is just the latest playoff series that James has appeared in during his long tenure in the NBA.
Saturday is also the anniversary of his playoff debut, all the way back in 2006.
During his first postseason game, James scored a triple-double and produced 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists for his Cleveland Cavaliers in a win over the Washington Wizards.
17 years ago, LeBron James dropped a triple-double in his playoff debut 😤
👑 32 Pts
👑 11 Ast
👑 11 Reb pic.twitter.com/CBlFM8q21G
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 22, 2023
Because of this anniversary, fans of James are using Saturday as yet another opportunity to speak about the greatness of their favorite star.
“I remember watching this back then and just being awed,” one fan said.
This is an old take but really, the fact that LeBron both lived up to the hype and has played at the highest levels for so many years is incredible. I remember watching this back then and just being awed.
— Christopher Wall 🇺🇦🌻 (@c_scott_wall) April 22, 2023
Others again reignited the debate over who is better: James or Michael Jordan.
“Lebron is the goat of numbers but MJ is the goat of the show,” one user claimed.
Lebron is the goat of numbers but MJ is the goat of the show #NBA
— The Lion Unicorn 🇲🇦🇺🇸☮️ (@tthe_b) April 22, 2023
Then there were many who turned their attention to Saturday night’s big game between the Lakers and Grizzlies.
Some people believe that James will have trouble because of the defense of Dillon Brooks.
Dillon Brooks wil lock him up tonight.
— BasketballBB (@BasketballBB2) April 22, 2023
Then some jokingly suggested that James is going to go off in Game 3 and score jaw-dropping numbers in a very short amount of time.
— elldrizzy.🕸 (@elldrizzyy) April 22, 2023
James has one of the longest NBA careers in history and it is wild to see him being so crucial to his team in year 20 just like he was in 2006.
In his first playoff run, James averaged 30.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.
So far in 2022-23, he has produced 24.5 points, 11.5, and 4 assists.
At 38 years old, James is still something special to see in the playoffs.NEXT: Skip Bayless Issues A Challenge For LeBron James