This year, the Jameses announced the radical step of establishing an entire new public elementary school for students identified as at-risk. It’s a powerful experiment that bucks the charter school–heavy trend of public education, radically proposing to give more to the students who have the least—as his “uncle” has noticed. “When you can change a kid’s life for the better, you’re accomplishing something great,” says Buffett, a well-known cheerleader for public schools. “With LeBron, it comes from the heart, and it comes from having been there.” Michele Roberts is the head of the National Basketball Players Association, where James is on the executive committee. “He could write the checks and fund all the programs and not make an appearance,” Roberts says, “and no one would say a word. But he actually does believe that by the force of his personality, he can inspire young people—because he comes back. He talks to them. He keeps track. His engagement is phenomenal.”
Here’s a rundown of each of all the individual awards handed out: Best Rookie: Malcolm Brogdon. Comeback Player Of The Year: Joel Embiid. Best Off The Bench: Lou Williams. Best Defender: Kawhi Leonard.
Hardest To Guard: Russell Westbrook. The Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team: LeBron James. The Coach You’d Most Like To Play For: Gregg Popovich. Best Dressed: Russell Westbrook. Clutch Performer: Isaiah Thomas. Best Social Media Follow: Joel Embiid. Most Influential Veteran: Vince Carter. Global Impact Player: LeBron James. Best Home Court Advantage: Golden State Warriors
Alex Kennedy: Here are the winners of @TheNBPA’s Teammate of the Year awards. Players selected “teammates with the biggest impact on and off the court.”