Dec, 11th 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James has been named TIME magazine’s Athlete of the Year In recognition of what the 35-year-old has achieved both on and off the court.
James led the Lakers to a record-equaling 17th championship title .It was James’ fourth NBA title and fourth Finals MVP award.
He is the first player in NBA history to win the accolade with three different teams. Only Michael Jordan, with six titles, has more.
According to the article by TIME magazine, “At every step, James supported the work by recruiting fellow athletes to the cause, promoting more than a vote to his more than 48 million followers on twitter and turning himself into a billboard by wearing a vote or die shirt to a practice.”
It continued, “It was the highest profile example of the surge in activism that spread across the sports world in 2020.”
The magazine also noted that James led the league in assists for the first time in his career as he was on way to his fourth NBA title.
Time said, “James has been incredibly successful both on the court and in the business world in 2020, but the biggest reason he has received as much recognition as he has is that he’s used those successes to look out for people who once struggled in life as he did.”