Never a doubt. LeBron James’ journey from Akron St.Vincent-St.Mary to the best player in the NBA took just five seasons, and with it James came home today to celebrate. James was honored today with being named the MVP of the NBA, and did it at his high school where some of his games were televised on ESPN and he was even on the cover at one point of Sports Illustrated.
“This is a place where all my dreams started and where I thought they could become real,” James said. “There’s really not a better place.” James received 109 of a possible 121 first-place votes to easily beat out Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. James totaled 1,172 points in balloting by media members in the U.S. and Canada.
And he earned it. No player in the league this season had a bigger impact on his team than James, who helped the Cavs earn 66 wins, the best record in the East, and a first-round sweep of the once mighty Detroit Pistons. “I’m 24 years old and I’m receiving this award, I never thought it would happen this fast,” he said, standing under three state title banners he helped win for the Fighting Irish. “I never dreamed about being MVP, but if I said I didn’t enjoy this award I’d be lying. Hard work pays off and dreams do come true.”
Now that it’s all out of the way, it’s about winning a title. James and the Cavaliers will start that quest with round two on Tuesday night, as he and the team will take on the Atlanta Hawks at 8pm. It would be the cherry on the top of the best season a Cavalier has ever had to bring a title to Cleveland.