Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated magazine announced Thursday that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year.
In a year full of stirring and historic performances across all sports, James was transcendent, rallying the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals to deliver the city of Cleveland’s first championship in a major sport since 1964.
James, who has now won three NBA titles, was named Finals MVP for the third time in his career.
More important to fans in Cleveland, he delivered on the promise he made when he returned to the Cavaliers as a free agent in 2014: to bring the franchise in his home state its first NBA crown.
James will be honored at the Sportsperson of the Year event at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn on December 12.
Photo courtesy: Robert Beck / Sports Illustrated
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