PY and I went to the Knicks game last night (thanks again Buster). We had a great time. It was fun trying to explain to Lili what the heck was going on. Basketball is definitely not her jawn.
At some point she was asking about the stats shown on the jumbotron, particularly F, A, R, P (fouls, assists, rebounds, points). That led to me explaining that despite the horrible game (the Knicks and the Sixers both stink) young Nerlens Noel actually had a double double going and that’s not a bad night’s work (He ended up with 12 boards and 17 points).
And that conversation led to the triple double which ultimately led to the very rare quadruple double. She asked how often a quadruple double happens and I said, “Oh gosh, I don’t know. Maybe a dozen times in the NBA’s history”.
I was close, but generous. Fittingly there have only been four quadruple doubles in NBA history:
Nate Thurmond in 74 (22 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists, 12 blocks)
Alvin Robertson in ’86 (20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals)
Hakeem Olajuwon in ’90 (18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks)
David Robertson in ’94 (34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 blocks)
Those lines are sick and explains why since 1946, it’s only happened four times.