Lebron James has won this year's Most Valuable Player award, joining some of the more illustrious names in NBA history. James, in his ninth season will now forever be immortalised alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone as MVP's who have won the award three times or more. Lebron is due to be announced as the 2011-2012 MVP award prior to tip off in tomorrows second round match up against the Pacers.
"What I'm all about is team and ever since I was a kid, I was always taught it's team first," James told the AP on Friday. "My first time playing basketball, we went undefeated and won a championship and Frank Walker Sr. gave everyone on the team a MVP trophy. Right then and there, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to see my teammates reap the benefits as well."James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists -- becoming only the fourth player with those totals in at least two different seasons, according to STATS LLC, joining Oscar Robertson (five times), John Havlicek (twice) and Larry Bird (twice). Add James' 53 percent shooting and 1.9 steals per game into the mix, and the club gets even more exclusive. Only Jordan had a season with numbers exceeding what James did this season in those categories -- 1988-89, when he averaged 32.5 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and 2.9 steals on 54 percent shooting. Boston coach Doc Rivers said of James:
"LeBron, to me, is the favorite every year," Rivers added. "The years he doesn't win it, it'll usually be because people are just tired of voting for him. Statistically, if you go all-around game, I don't know how you don't vote for him every year."While Lebron will be honoured to be acknowledged as one of the best the game has seen, those he stands beside with at least three MVP's all have a championship ring, something this Miami forward still yearns for. Is this the year? http://youtu.be/H5m6GL28GiM http://youtu.be/R2q9V40cLkA