“It’s an honor that I have been named the 2012 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. 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.” – Lebron James
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).
“LeBron is very deserving of this award, and USA Basketball is proud to celebrate his performance in 2012, as well as his commitment to playing for his country,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. “He was a great teammate during the Olympics, and his leadership was invaluable to the team’s success.” (USA Today)
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