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LeBron crowned MVP

LEBRON James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was named NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) on Monday, accepting the honor in the high school gym that was the launch pad for his career.

James, who averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.3 assists this season to lead the team to a franchise-record 66 wins, received the award at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, where he first shot to prominence as a teenager before jumping directly to the National Basketball Association.

"This school helped me become the man I am today," he said after becoming, at 24 years and 125 days, the youngest player to win the award which is voted by sportswriters and broadcasters.

"You would never think someone from Akron, Ohio, would be able to do the things we did growing up and what I'm trying to continue to do as a basketball player and a person."

James has already played six seasons in the NBA and in two Olympics, helping the US to gold in Beijing last year.

James received 109 out of a possible 121 first-place votes to beat two of his US teammates, last year's MVP Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade.

Bryant got two first-place votes and had 698 points. Wade was third on 680 points and was named first on seven ballots. Orlando center Dwight Howard (328) was fourth followed by New Orleans guard Chris Paul (192).

James becomes the first member of the Cavaliers to claim the honor.

Taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft by Cleveland, James has amassed a stack of honors, including Rookie of the Year and two All-Star MVP awards.

However, it is team success the muscular 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward says he treasures most and he has his sights set on adding an NBA championship to his collection this year.

Led by an inspired James the Cavaliers swept past the Detroit Pistons in the opening round of the playoffs and are preparing to host the Atlanta Hawks today in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference best-of-seven semifinals.

"To be voted Most Valuable Player of the NBA is unbelievable," said James. "Individual accolades, I never really get high on them. This is like a team award. Individual accolades come when team success is happening."


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