NBA Start LeBron James Voted AP Male Athlete Of 2016
Cleveland’s Cavalier’s LeBron James has been named Male Athlete of the year 2016.
LeBron James, who ended 52 years of sporting by bringing Cleveland a championship and using his superstar platform to address social causes, was chosen as The Associated Press 2016 Male Athlete of the Year., an award he won previously in 2013.
He had won the award previously in 2013.
On Tuesday, the results of the vote by 59 editors from AP member newspapers and customers were announced.
James scored 24 first-place votes, beating out a pair of Olympic legends: Michael Phelps (16) and Usain Bolt (9).
He came ahead of both the fastest men in water and on land who are not used to being second to anyone.
Coming in fourth position was Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the NL MVP who led his team to its first World Series title since 1908.
Tied in fourth position was Golden State star guard Stephen Curry, who won the award last year.
Also on the list were Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Von Miller and Tennis star Andy Murray.
LeBron James joins Michael Jordan as the only NBA players to win the award twice.
LeBron James Named AP Male Athlete Of The Year For 2nd Time
Jordan won the award three times in a row from 1991 to 1994.
Also named in the female category was U.S. Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles as AP’s top female athlete.
A rabid sports fan, James was flattered to be in the same class with swimmer Michael Phelps.
The 23-time gold medalist, Phelps, added five more medals to his record collection at the Rio Olympics.
“To be that dominant in your respective sport, to see what he’s been able to do over the years, what he does in that water, man, it’s tremendous and very inspiring.
“When you have that type of tenure to be able to dominate, when you know that the entire competition is gearing up to beat you — and only you — and you’re still able to come away No. 1 or always be at the top of the food chain, that’s very inspiring.”
That James received the honor in an Olympic year underscores the weight of his accomplishments.
He will be celebrating his 32nd birthday in a couple of days.