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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 8:22 am, Wed May 8, 2013.

On Sunday, LeBron James was crowned with his fourth MVP (Most Valuable Player) award in a near unanimous decision. He earned 120 of the 121 first-place votes, leaving the lone vote to Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. Behind James, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder finished second for the second consecutive year; followed by Anthony, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant. 

It was no surprise that the Miami Heat’s star would add another Maurice Podoloff trophy to his collection. What was a surprise were the record setting statistics James consistently put up throughout the regular-season. 

When it came to efficiency, the NBA (National Basketball Association) really hasn’t seen anything like what James did this season. He had a career high 56.5 shooting percentage in addition to a 40.6 percent behind the arc, also a career high. Again, without surprise, LeBron set a career high 26.8 point per game to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists. 

Some statistics that don’t catch the headline are that James only averaged 1.4 fouls per game allowing him to constantly play aggressively for the nearly 38 minutes he played per game. The majority of the time he spent on the bench was due to an excessively comfortable lead or injuries near the end of the season.

Although I could continue with his remarkable three turnovers a game and nearly two steals, the most important number for LeBron was the record setting 27-game win streak the Heat put together. It was the second longest streak in NBA history only behind the 33-game streak by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-1972.

By winning the award, James, 28, became the youngest player in NBA history to win four MVP awards and has now won four of the last five. In addition, LeBron has joined the great ranks of Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

 

 

 

 

and Wilt Chamberlain to have won at least four awards. 

However, James notes that his efforts were more focused on Defensive Player of the Year rather

than Most Valuable Player. He finished second in voting for the second time in his career, losing to center Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.  

During the ceremony, LeBron got all kinds of praise including one from his team’s general manager, Pat Riley. Riley, who was a player on that 1971-1972 Lakers team and has competed against the greats of basketball, knows what he’s talking about when ESPN quoted him saying “I believe the man right here is the best of them all.”

Although there is no clear way to prove it, there is certainly a convincing case being made for LeBron James being the best basketball player to ever live. 

Individually, he is ripping through the accolades and has become a truly all-around player, contributing in just about every way. Already a championship under his belt and on his way to a second. At age 28, LeBron James is clearly the best basketball player in the game today, and very possibly, the greatest the game has ever seen.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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