"I never dreamt about being an NBA Most Valuable Player. I never dreamt about doing the things that I do now at a high level. Now that it's in me now, and it's happening, it's overwhelming," Miami Heat forwardsaid in accepting the most prestigious award, the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player for the 2011-12 season, broadcast live on national television in Miami.
James won the MVP for the third time in four seasons elevating himself on an equal footing with seven other players who have won the trophy at least three times in their careers; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar(six times MVP), Michael Jordan(5 times), Bill Russell(5 times), Wilt Chamberlain(4 times), Larry Bird(3 times), Magic Johnson(3 times) and Moses Malone(3 times).
According to STATS LLC, James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists – making him only the fourth player with those totals in at least two different seasons, joining(five times), John Havlicek (twice) and Bird (twice).
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said "I think he's probably as committed as he's ever been in his career. And he's always been committed. ... We all respond to his energy on the court."
James said he was taught as a kid that it’s always the team that comes first "My first time playing basketball, we went undefeated and won a championship and Frank Walker Sr. gave everyone on the team a MVP trophy. Right then and there, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to see my teammates reap the benefits as well."