Lebron James Named 2012 NBA Most Valuable Player

Lebron James Wins 2012 NBA Most Valuable Player Award

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Lebron James, 2012 NBA Most Valuable Player

For an unprecedented third time in four years, Lebron James was recognized as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

In the process, “The King” became just the 8th player in league history to win that many MVP awards joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone. He also becomes the first player since Michael Jordan to win at least three MVPs.

He could have made it four in a row after also winning in 2009 and 2010. But his streak was broken last year as he lost some voter’s confidence after he bolted out of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in a much-publicized ‘The Decision’ hoopla.

His stats this season were almost similar to that of last season’s in which the award was won by Derrick Rose. He had 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game on 53 percent shooting while leading the Heat to a 46-20 mark and the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

James received 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league, with fans on NBA.com combining for one vote. He earned 1,074 points, topping Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (889 points, 24 first-place votes), the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul (385, six first-place votes), the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (352, two first-place votes), and San Antonio’s Tony Parker (331, four first-place votes).

This season, James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month twice (January and February), and he captured Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors six times, extending his NBA record for the most Player of the Week awards to 37. James has scored double-figure points in 419 consecutive career games, the seventh-longest streak in NBA history, behind Michael Jordan (866), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (streaks of 787 and 508), Karl Malone (575), Moses Malone (526), and Oscar Robertson (428).

Lebron understands that winning the award three times is nothing if he can’t get an NBA championship ring.

”I’d give all three of them back for an NBA championship. It’s all I care about. It’s all I know.”

As part of its support of the Most Valuable Player Award, Kia Motors America will donate a new Kia Sorento CUV to Akron Public School After School Program benefiting the Wheels for Education Program.

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