May 13, 2012- LeBron James was crowned the MVP of the National Basketball Association on Saturday. He did give a small speech to press speaking of how important his family was and his charity and what it means to him to play for the Miami Heat organization.
He also mentioned that the Heat has a much bigger goal as a team and organization than his individual MVP award and that is to win the NBA title. He said the only thing in basketball that matters to him is winning the championship.
He accepted his third MVP award and joined a group of just eight players who have won the award that many times in the history of the league. He is now a member of the group that includes Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone and Magic Johnson. Those same eight players have one thing in common that James does not, they have all won at least one NBA title.
Pat Riley, the President of the Heat said James would eventually get his NBA title and he could get more than just one. James received 85 first place votes from a select panel of sports broadcasters and writers who cover the NBA. He earned a total of 1,074 points. Kevin Durant, the league’s high scorer, finished second in the balloting and the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul was third. Rounding out the top five were the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and The San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker
James averaged 27.1 points per game this season, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists.