For the third time in his career, LeBron James has been named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. In 2018, AP argued that even without a title, the king has made an impact on and off the court.
In basketball, his switch to the Los Angeles Lakers has been powerful and sent ripples across the league (as well as in his business), while his “I Promise” school in Ohio looking to change generations through education.
With his third time winning, LBJ joins the company of Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, all of which have won three of more times.
Other names like Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes were also names voted for.
BREAKING: @kingjames wins AP's male athlete of the year award for third time, after a 2018 where he went to The Finals, refused to "shut up and dribble" and opened the "I Promise" school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. "I was able to inspire so many people," James told AP.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 27, 2018
In related news, James’ MRI came back negative and he was diagnosed with a left groin strain, listed as day-to-day. Today, the Lake Show announced he will be missing a couple of games, two of which will be against the Sacramento Kings and one against the Los Angeles Clippers.
It is most likely he may come back in time for the Oklahoma City Thunder matchup at the top of the year on January 2, depending on whether or not the Lakers go on a losing streak or have a bad stretch.