LeBron James can add another accomplishment to the list of achievements he has from the year 2012.
James was named ‘Sportsman of the Year’ by Sports Illustrated after winning his third NBA league Most Valuable Player award, his first NBA championship, his first NBA Finals MVP award, and his second gold medal this past summer in the 2012 Olympics.
James joined teammate Dwyane Wade as the only members of the Miami Heat to ever grace the cover of the popular magazine as ‘Sportsman of the Year.’ Wade received the same honor after leading the Heat to the franchises’ first championship back in 2006.
According to the magazine the award is presented, ‘to the transcendent athlete, coach or team who by virtue of their superior athletic achievement and comportment took us all to a higher place’ and after averaging 30.3 points per game, almost 10 rebounds per game, and just under six assists per game during the 2012 postseason James fits that description. Not to mention how he seemingly bull-dozed his way through Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Finals averaging 28.6 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game, and dishing out just over seven assists per game.
The Heat now have two players to capture this award in the last seven years. James’ response to the honor was the same as his response to all the accolades he received after winning his first title and doing something no other basketball player besides the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan did this past year.
“It’s very humbling,” James said, after Monday’s Heat practice, about winning the award. “It was a long journey.”