Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Miami Heat forward LeBron James was named the
NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2011-12 season.
James was selected as MVP for the third time in the last four seasons and
becomes the eighth player in league history to be honored on at least three
In his second season with the Heat, James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds
and 6.2 assists in 62 games. He captured his first two MVPs in 2009 and '10
for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan and Bill Russell (5), Wilt
Chamberlain (4) and Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone (3) on the list
of players with at least three MVPs. James, Abdul-Jabbar, Chamberlain and
Malone are the only players to win an MVP with two different teams.
However, James is the only one of the eight without an NBA title. The Heat
reached the NBA Finals last spring, losing to Dallas, and will play Game 1 of
the Eastern Conference semifinals against Indiana on Sunday.
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