How Australian NBA prodigy rocked the basketball world by breaking a 61-year-old record
- Australian basketball star Josh Giddy broke a 61-year-old record.
- Giddy recorded a triple-double in three consecutive games.
- The first rookie to do so since Oscar Robertson in 1960/61.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder security guard became the first teenager to accomplish this feat.
Australian prodigy Josh Giddy stunned the American National Basketball League by breaking a record that had stood for 61 years.
The 19-year-old became the youngest player in league history to record a triple-double – hitting double figures in points, assists and rebounds – when his Oklahoma City Thunder faced the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.
Giddy’s historic achievement makes him the first rookie since Oscar Robertson in 1960/61 to record a triple-double in three games in a row, and the only player to do so as a teenager.
Despite his record achievement, his team ultimately failed to take the win, losing 114–106.
“He’s a good player,” Thunder coach Mark Danio said after the game.
“I think he played really well on the floor tonight. Triple-doubles are just a by-product of his game.”
Giddy overdrived in the last period when he scored just under half of the points.
“This is a bad person who is going to the basket like that!” — commented on basketball legend Michael Cage.
“He is learning to play with contact. He does not look at officials at all. He’s just like, “I’m going to go with what I know I can control.”
Last month, the 19-year-old (right, against San Antonio) became the youngest player in NBA history to triple-double in three straight games.
Despite Giddy’s heroism, his Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
Giddy’s skills will once again be put to the test on Saturday Morning (AEDT) when he takes part in the Rising Stars and Skills Challenge mini-tournament at NBA All Stars Weekend.
Giddy accomplished his historic feat in the final three minutes of the game, recording his fourth career triple-double in just his first year in the world’s top league.
Cage believes the youngster’s stunning form proves the Aussies are more than prepared to match America’s top players.
“He was born out of the country, in Australia, so is it a different type of basketball? No, it’s not. Basketball stayed the same,” Cage said.
“I’ll tell you one thing, skill travels. Even from Australia it’s a long way to the States, but he has some skills,” added former NBA star Chris Fisher, now host of The Thunder.
Giddy’s skills will be put to the test once again on Saturday morning AU time when he takes part in the Rising Stars and Skills Challenge mini-tournament at All Stars Weekend NBA.