Recently, Kobe Bryant got a triple double. This was the 18th time in his career that he achieved this. He scored 22 points, made 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He shrugged this off, as if it was no big deal. He was right. It wasn’t.
In the 1961-62 season, his second year in the league, Oscar Robertson scored on average 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game. That pretty much ended the triple double as a big deal. No one ever did this again. No one has ever come close. The same is true of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game and his 50-points-per-game average for the season that same year.
Chamberlain also pulled down 55 rebounds in one game. In second place: Wilt: 45 (rookie year). Second place for another player: Charles Oakley’s 35. And then there is the record so incomparable that no statistics are recorded on it. From the day he started playing basketball until the day he retired, Chamberlain never fouled out.
Let us not forget that records are made to be broken, but some records are never broken. We should not forget the people who set them.