5 May 2009

LeBron James named NBA MVP

12:11 pm on 5 May 2009

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James has been named the NBA's most valuable player, accepting the honour in the high school gym that was the launching pad for his basketball career.

James, who averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.3 assists this season leading the Cavaliers to a franchise record 66 wins, received the award in front of his team mates, from Vincent-St. Mary high school in Akron, Ohio, where he first shot to prominence as a teenager before jumping directly to the NBA.

Just 24-years-old, 'King' James has played six seasons in the NBA and two Olympic Games, helping the US to gold last year in Beijing.

James easily beat out two of his US team mates, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, to become the first member of the Cleveland Cavalier to capture the NBA's top individual honour.