James Named USA Male Basketball Athlete of the Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – USA Basketball announced today that LeBron James was named the USA Basketball 2012 Male Athlete of the Year. He becomes just one of two players in NBA history, joining Michael Jordan in 1992, to win NBA regular season MVP, NBA Finals MVP, an NBA Championship and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
“It’s an honor that I have been named the 2012 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year,” James said. “It’s always an honor to represent my country. I never do it to be recognized or to receive an award, I do it because I love my country and the game of basketball. It is an honor to be recognized with this award, it’s humbling.”
James appeared in eight games (all starts) for Team USA and averaged 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, a team-high 5.6 assists and 1.38 steals while shooting 60.3 percent from the field. He finished the London Games ranked second in assists (45), seventh in steals per game and ninth in points (106) and field goal percentage. He is now one of three U.S. players to participate in three Olympics. He owns two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012) and one bronze (2004). He ranks among the all-time USA Olympic basketball leaders, placing first in points (273), field goals made (113) and assists (88), tied for first in games played (24), second in rebounds (95), third in field goals made (78), tied for third in steals (36), tied for fourth in three-point field goals made (22) and tied for fifth in blocks (10).
USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year Award was established in 1980 to recognize a USA Basketball athlete who, during the year of the award, made a significant impact on the success of his team’s performance. The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball’s annual awards.