LeBron Named Sporting News Athlete Of Year
LeBron James of the Miami Heat has been named the 2012 Sporting News Athlete of the Year.
This year changed everything for LeBron James. In June, he led the Heat to the NBA Championship, winning the Finals MVP award. He also helped lead Team USA to a gold-medal win over Spain in the 2012 London Olympics. By the end of the summer, James would join Michael Jordan as the only players in league history to win a NBA MVP award, a Finals MVP and a gold medal in the same year. Off the court, the public saw a softer, more likeable side of James through his work with his foundation, which backs hundreds of third-grade kids in Akron, encouraging them to go to school, offering afterschool assistance and a summer technology program.
“It means a lot because it means success,” James said. “Not just for me, but for people around me, my teammates, my family, my friends. The championship, the Olympic gold medal, there is that. But the things I do off the court, as far as my foundation and the kids I try to help in my hometown, it means a lot.”
The Sporting News Athlete of the Year award is decided on by the Sporting News editorial staff.