Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James Named AP Athlete of the Year for 2018
It was another big year for quite possibly the greatest basketball player in NBA history.
Not only was LeBron James his typical self, averaging 28.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 8.4 assists per game, taking a dysfunctional Cleveland Cavaliers team all the way to the NBA Finals, he also opened his “I Promise” school for at-risk children in the Akron, Ohio area. Earlier in the week, James was rewarded for all of his work both on and off the court and was named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for 2018.
“In addition to being on everyone’s short list as one of the league’s all-time greatest players, LeBron is among the hardest working players and is a thoughtful and impactful leader. He serves on the executive committee of the Players Association even as he builds an impressive media company of his own. And what’s most inspiring, and no surprise given his talent and focus, is how he’s done all of this while embracing his unique opportunity to positively impact communities in need,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
This is the third time James has won this award.
“I would describe it as a success because I was able to inspire so many people throughout the year,” James said, looking back at his year. “I got to go back to China, to Paris, to Berlin, I opened up a school. And all these kids I was able to see, all over the world and in my hometown, I was able to inspire, to make them think they can be so much more than what they think they’re capable of being. That was my outlook for 2018.”
To win the award, James beat out some stiff competition, including Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs.