LeBron named 2012 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year

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CHALK UP one more award for LeBron James.

The Miami Heat forward was named the 2012 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year following the most successful year of his brilliant career.

He helped lead the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team to a gold medal, the USA Men’s National Team to an unblemished exhibition record and the Miami Heat to the 2012 NBA Championship while winning the regular season and Finals MVP awards.

James is one of just two players in the history of the game to win MVP, the NBA Championship and the Olympics in the same year, along with Michael Jordan.

“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.”

Starting in all eight Olympic wins for the USA, James averaged 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, a team-high 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 60.3 percent from the field July 29-Aug. 12 in London.

James 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).

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. Noli Cruz

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