On Saturday May 12, 2012 LeBron James was announced the winner of the 2012 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. With 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes James received his third MVP award and became the eighth player to ever accomplish this achievement. James had many to thank for this award. James said, “This is a team game and I wouldn’t be receiving what I’ve received in the past and now in the present without my teammates and without my family and friends who’ve helped me to this point.”
Although LeBron James is honored to receive this award, he believes winning his first championship is more important. James said, “This is very overwhelming to me as an individual award. But this is not the award I want, ultimately. I want that championship. That’s all that matters to me.” The Miami Heat Assistant Coach, Bob McAdoo said, “If you ask him, a world championship or an individual award, he’ll take the world championship every time.”
During the 2011-2012 regular season LeBron James averaged 27.1 points, 6.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 7.9 rebounds per game. James started his NBA career as a Cleveland Cavaliers at the age of 18. He played in Cleveland for 7 seasons and then signed as a free agent in the 2010 off-season to the Miami Heat. During his first season with the Heat, James and his team went all the way to play in the Championship series, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks. This season the Miami Heat is currently playing in the Easter Conference Semifinals of the 2011-2012 playoffs.
LeBron James is a competitive and aggressive NBA player that is very talented. Congratulations to James for this award.