Although it hasn’t been officially announced, sources say that Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has won the 2011-12 Kia MVP Award. It’s the third time in his career, which places him alongside some of the game’s all-time greats.
A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press that James will be announced the winner of the league’s top individual honor on Saturday (May 12); and will be formally presented with the trophy by Commissioner David Stern on Sunday afternoon (May 13) before the Heat hosts Indiana in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The source remained anonymous because the official results had not been announced.
James nabs the away for the third time in in four seasons. Just seven other players — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5), Wilt Chamberlain (4), Larry Bird (3), Magic Johnson (3) and Moses Malone (3) — have at least three MVP trophies.
While King James said last week that winning another MVP award “would be amazing”, he’s driven by something else — an NBA title. It’s the superstar’s ninth season in the league, and despite leading the Cavs, and Heat last season, to great regular season records, he hasn’t been able to win an NBA championship.