Los Angeles Lakers’ Star LeBron James Named AP’s Athlete of the Decade
Now this is how you top off a decade of dominance.
A day after Kawhi Leonard was named AP’s Athlete of the Year, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers earned AP Athlete of the Decade honours alongside tennis superstar Serena Williams.
“You add another 10 years of learning and adversity, pitfalls, good, great, bad, and any smart person who wants to grow will learn from all those experiences,” James told the AP. “A decade ago, I just turned 25. I’m about to be 35 and I’m just in a better (place) in my life and have a better understanding of what I want to get out of life.”
LeBron James has been named AP Male Athlete of the Decade 🏆
Other top finishers include Tom Brady, Usain Bolt, Lionel Messi and Michael Phelps. pic.twitter.com/dc8qAm7Abg
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 29, 2019
Starting the decade of as The Villain for his highly publicized decision, James would go onto win three NBA championship, including bringing Cleveland it’s first sporting championship in over 50 years. Trophies and accolades aside, James’ greatest accomplishment of the decade may have occurred off the court in the opening of his “I Promise” School for underprivileged youth in Ohio.
“I would be lying if I said I don’t see it,” James said. “Obviously I’m not trying to say, ‘OK, well if I play this amount of time, if I average this’ … I’m not doing that because I’ve never done that with my career. I’ve always just kind of let it happen. Whatever happens, happens. But I see it. I do see it.”
Ahead of his 35th birthday, James beat out quarterback Tom Brady, Argentinian soccer sensation Lionel Messi, Jamaican track star Usain Bolt, and decorated Olympian Michael Phelps for the award.
“I don’t live in regret,” James said. “There’s no moment in this last decade that I wish I could have back. If a situation was bad or you feel like you could have done better, then I learned from it.”
The scary thing is, in his 17th season, King James is not done yet!