LEBRON JAMES WINS AP MALE ATHLETE OF YEAR

LeBron James told the world in 2020 that Black Lives Matter.

And after a year where he was brilliant, on the court and off, James was announced Saturday as the winner of The Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year award for a record-tying fourth time.

“I still know what I do on the floor and obviously, I give everything to the game,” James told AP.

No NBA player scored more points or had more assists in 2020 than James.James also became the first player to be NBA Finals MVP for three franchises.

“He’s the greatest player the basketball universe has ever seen,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of James in October. James finished with 78 points in voting by a panel of 35 AP customers and editors.

James — also the AP’s male athlete of this past decade — also won the yearly AP award in 2013, 2016 and 2018.James’ More Than A Vote organization drew more than 42,000 volunteers to work at polling stations for the November election, helped some earn back their voting rights and pushed for turnout among Black and young voters.

“The tragic death of George Floyd, everyone getting a chance to see that, and also hearing the story of Breonna Taylor, her tragic story, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia … my people have had enough and I have had enough,” James said.

When the pandemic shut down then school, James and his team ensured students got hot meals delivered to their homes — even complete Thanksgiving meals.

And this month, plans for House Three Thirty (a nod to Akron’s area code) were announced, detailing how James is going to offer things like accessible family financial health programming, job training and a community gathering space.

Associated Press

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