Lebron James Named the 2010 NBA Most Valuable PlayerCategory: Basketball
For the second straight year, Lebron James was recognized as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
And for the second straight year, he chose to have the award ceremony in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Last year, it was held at the St. Vincent-St. Mary High School gym where he played as a highschooler. Today, it was at the University of Akron’s James A. Rhodes Arena.
In the process, “The King” became the 10th player in league history to win consecutive MVP awards joining Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash.
Lebron James for this season has per game averages of 29.7 points, 8.6 assists, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1 block while shooting 50.3% from the floor and 76.7% from the free-throw line. He also led his team the Cleveland Cavaliers to 61 wins and the best record in the NBA.
Although he failed to win the award unanimously, it still was a landslide win for Lebron receiving 116 of a possible 123 first-place votes. Last year, James received 109 of 122 first-place votes.
Oklahoma City forward and scoring leader Kevin Durant was picked first on four ballots while Orlando center and Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard received the other three first-place votes. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had no first-place votes but finished third.
James finished with 1,205 points ahead of Durant by 596 points. His margin of victory is the second largest in history, topped only by team mate Shaquille O’Neal, who won by 799 points in 2000.
Lebron understands that winning the award is nothing if he can’t get an NBA championship ring.
“The only reason I do what I do on the court is to compete for an NBA championship, I understand that until I won that I won’t go down as one of the greatest players ever. That’s my only goal right now. This is the closest I’ve been to it.”
As the winner, James received a 2011 Kia Sorento crossover, which he promptly donated to the SUMMA Foundation in Akron, Ohio, USA.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.