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Most Valuable Player
All-NBA First Team
NBA All-Defensive First Team
NBA Finals MVP
Gold Medal Winner
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
My Male Athlete of the Year
This is just a short list of what Miami Heat forward LeBron James accomplished this year. His 2012 was not only the greatest by any athlete this year, but it might be the greatest by any athlete ever.
Of course, the cherry on top was finally being crowned in NBA champion. In his words, “It’s about damn time!” (via ESPN, h/t Yahoo Sports)
I had tears in my eyes when James finally won his elusive ring, and not because I’m a Heat fan, which I’m not.
The King finally shook the monkey off his back. Critics had been clamoring for years that he was never good enough to win it all.
Because this year he did it. This was LeBron’s year, hands down.
When the going gets tough—like it did in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics when Miami was facing elimination—the tough get going, like James did when he led the Heat to victory with 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.
That performance was an instant classic.
It led him to the NBA Finals and James would not be denied.
He scored his only triple-double of the season with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in a Game 5 clincher against upstart Oklahoma City.
There was no doubt that this was LeBron’s championship and LeBron’s year.
Now, add an almost flawless Olympics in London and James’ resume goes through the roof.
It is undeniable that LeBron James was the greatest athlete this year.
In 2012 we were all witnesses to a spectacular show.