The Miami Heat’s Lebron James was named the 2011-12 MVP on Saturday (May 12), the third time he was won the honor in the last four seasons.
James joins an elite group of players. Just seven other players — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5), Wilt Chamberlain (4), Larry Bird (3), Magic Johnson (3) and Moses Malone (3) — have at least three MVP trophies.
This season, King James led the Heat to a 46-20 record and the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Despite averaging a career-low 37.5 minutes, the eight-time All-Star led the NBA in plus-minus score differential (+7.6) and ranked third in scoring (27.1 ppg), while pacing the Heat in assists (6.2 apg) and tying for the team lead in rebounds (7.9 rpg). He also recorded career bests in field goal percentage (.531) and three-point field goal percentage (.362).
During a press conference, he discusses his dreams of becoming an NBA player just 10 years ago, but never admitted he never dreamed that he’d be named the league MVP. He also credited the play of his teammates to his success as an individual.