NBA superhero LeBron James is the Sports Illustrated magazine’s 2016 Sportsperson of the Year. The latest LeBron James update comes after he was also named as the Cleveland Sports Awards Professional Athlete of the Year. The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player received the award for the second time.
Currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James was the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in October and November. He led the Cavs to 2016 NBA title, breaking the 47-year-old jinx in Ohio.
The 31-year-old small forward is one of the most influential and popular athletes in the US. Also running in the race for the top honors were athletes from the Chicago Cubs, Leicester City, and Ireland Rugby team.
LeBron James Update: The Promise Fulfilled
Lebron James shares a love-hate relationship with the NBA team, where he made his debut for a way back in 2003. He rose to limelight in his very first professional game, scoring 25 points against the Sacramento Kings. The 2004 Rookie of the Year is not averse to glamor and featuring in sports magazines.
In his junior year, LeBron appeared in the SLAM Magazine as America’s most prolific high school basketball player. In the same year, he became the first non-professional player to feature on the cover of Sports Illustrated. As years passed by, James looked for new turfs elsewhere.
Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and Double Olympic Gold winner stuck to Cavs till June 30, 2010. The surprise move saw Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert shoot a letter to the press criticizing James’ action as highly unprofessional. It stayed that way until June 2014.
Four years later, James returned to Cleveland Cavaliers. Ironically, his intention to return to his home den first appeared in a Sports Illustrated essay! Welcomed like a king, James looked for his NBA title. The switch of the season saw the confluence of Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and James in the Cavs locker room.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 1, 2016
Who has won Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year so far?
Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsperson of the Year award, which was institutionalized in 1954, is given to an athlete for performance that embodies sportsmanship and success. Following LeBron James update on his Sportsperson of the Year award, he becomes the second athlete to win it twice. The first was ace golfer Tiger Woods.
Meanwhile, Roger Banister (Track and field), Billie Jean King (Tennis), Muhammad Ali (Boxing), Chris Evert (Tennis), Steven Cauthen (Horse racing), and Michael Phelps (Swimming) are prominent recipients of the Oscar Awards in sports.
With NBA title in the kitty, Lebron James has the albatross off his back. Between 2010 and 2014, he helped the Miami Heat win two titles out of four straight finals.