LeBron to Be Named MVP Today

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[h1]LeBron James to be named NBA Most Valuable Player today[/h1][h3]by Brian Windhorst/Plain Dealer Reporter[/h3]
[h3]Monday May 04, 2009, 9:14 AM[/h3]

CLEVELAND -- According to a league source, LeBron James will be named the NBA Most Valuable Player this afternoon.

James has chosen to have the announcement at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. All his Cavs teammates are expected to be there as well asrepresentatives from Kia, which will give him a new car as part of the honor.

He will be the first Cav to win the honor in history and the second youngest ever to win the award behind Wes Unseld in 1969. James averaged 28.4 points,7.2 rebounds and 7.6 assists this season, his sixth in the NBA.

Two weeks ago James finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting and an upgrade in that area this season plus the Cavs franchise-record 66 winswere compeling to the 123 media voters. The award will be officially announced later today and he will be honored before the Cavs play the Hawks in Game 1 onthe Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday. Traditionally, NBA Commissioner David Stern is on hand to present the Maurice Podoloff Trophy in front thefans.

Having the honor given to him in the gym at SVSM was James' personal choice. It is a special place for him. His retired No. 23 jersey is on the wall andthree state championship banners he won with the Fighting Irish hang in the rafters. When he made the annoucement he was turning pro it was in the gym andhe's had many photo shoots and filmed many commericials there as well. His first Sports Illustrated cover was shot there and he recently filmed a "60Minutes" interview there. Still a resident of Akron, it is another sign of how loyal James is to his Akron roots.
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[h1]James outdistances Bryant in winning Kia MVP award[/h1]
By Official release
Posted May 4 2009 4:20PM

NEW YORK -- LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the 2008-09 NBAMost Valuable Player presented by Kia Motors.



James totaled 1,172 points including 109 first place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for third, three for fourth and one for eachfifth-place vote received.

Rounding out the top five in voting for this season's award are the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (698 points), Miami's Dwyane Wade (680),Orlando's Dwight Howard (328) and New Orleans' Chris Paul (192).

As part of its support of the Most Valuable Player Award, Kia Motors America will donate either a new Borrego SUV or Sedona minivan on behalf of James toThe Urban League of Akron. Kia Motors is presenting a brand new vehicle to the charity of choice of each of four 2008-09 season-end award winners as part ofthe "The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors."

James, the first Cavalier to win the award, led Cleveland in scoring (28.4 ppg, second in the NBA), rebounds (7.6 rpg), assists (7.2 apg, fourth), andsteals (1.7 spg, eighth). Since the 1973-74 season when steals became an official stat, James is the fourth player to lead his team in scoring, rebounding,assists and steals, while also leading his team to 50-plus wins (Larry Bird 1985-86; Grant Hill, 1996-97; Kevin Garnett, 2002-03). The 6-8 forward helpedCleveland to an NBA- and franchise-best 66-16 season, a 21-game improvement over last season (45-37), marking the 12th time an NBA team has reached 66 wins ina season.

James led the league in triple-doubles (seven) and became the 12th player in NBA history to record three-consecutive triple-doubles (March 7, 10, 12). Inhis sixth season, James became the ninth player in NBA history to have at least five consecutive 2,000 point seasons.

Since the NBA began voting on the Eastern and Western Conference Player of the Month separately in 2001-02, James is just the second player to receive theaward four times in one season (Kevin Garnett, 2003-04). James was voted the Eastern Conference Player of the Month in November, January, March and April.James was also named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week seven times (Nov. 10, 17; Dec. 29; Jan. 26; Feb. 9; March 16, 23).

The NBA MVP trophy is named in honor of the late Maurice Podoloff, the first commissioner of the NBA who served from 1946 until his retirement in 1963.

The 2008-09 NBA Most Valuable Player Award presented by Kia Motors is part of a series of on-court performance awards called "The NBA PerformanceAwards Presented by Kia Motors." The awards, which are part of a multi-year marketing partnership that makes Kia Motors America the official automotivepartner of the NBA, also include the Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and Sixth Man Awards. The series also includes the Eastern and WesternConference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors. For more information on the "The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors" click here.
[table][tr][td]2008-09 MVP AWARD PRESENTED BY KIA MOTORS VOTING[/td] [/tr][tr][td] [table][tr][td]Player, Team[/td] [td]1st[/td] [td]2nd[/td] [td]3rd[/td] [td]4th[/td] [td]5th[/td] [td]Total[/td] [/tr][tr][td]LeBron James, Cleveland[/td] [td]109[/td] [td]11[/td] [td]1[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]1,172[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers[/td] [td]2[/td] [td]56[/td] [td]52[/td] [td]8[/td] [td]2[/td] [td]698[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Dwyane Wade, Miami[/td] [td]7[/td] [td]50[/td] [td]41[/td] [td]17[/td] [td]4[/td] [td]680[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Dwight Howard, Orlando[/td] [td]1[/td] [td]3[/td] [td]17[/td] [td]63[/td] [td]23[/td] [td]328[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Chris Paul, New Orleans[/td] [td]2[/td] [td]1[/td] [td]9[/td] [td]23[/td] [td]51[/td] [td]192[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Chauncey Billups, Denver[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]6[/td] [td]15[/td] [td]33[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Paul Pierce, Boston[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]1[/td] [td]2[/td] [td]10[/td] [td]21[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Tony Parker, San Antonio[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]1[/td] [td]6[/td] [td]9[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Brandon Roy, Portland[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]1[/td] [td]4[/td] [td]7[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]3[/td] [td]3[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Tim Duncan, San Antonio[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]2[/td] [td]2[/td] [/tr][tr][td]Yao Ming, Houston[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]-[/td] [td]1[/td] [td]1[/td] [/tr][/table][/td] [/tr][/table]
 
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...dudes just lit a fire underneath Kobe for the playoffs.



anyway.. good for Lebron, either one deserved it... It was a toss up.
 
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Originally Posted by Dirtylicious

...dudes just lit a fire underneath Kobe for the playoffs.



anyway.. good for Lebron, either one deserved it... It was a toss up.

Nah, not this year
 
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Dude gets a Kia out of it, too...


Maybe he can toss the keys to OOC...
 
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he was going to win it before the season even began.... the NBA is so scripted.... it was his turn this year...
 
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How was it decided before the season,

did he not play the best basketball all season long coupled with the most wins?
 
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He deserved it.........There is nobody i would have wanted on my team more than Lebron this year (Cept Ray Allen, but only with 5 seconds left
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