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For the second time in his illustrious career, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has been named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. The announcement comes a day after SI named NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell as two of the three recipients for its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. James, who dug the Cavaliers out of a 3-1 hole in the NBA Finals to bring Cleveland its first major sports championship since 1964, is only the second person to win the award (which began in 1954) twice, joining Tiger Woods (1996, 2000). James also won in 2012 after winning his first NBA championship wit the Miami Heat.
Six years after it asked America who the best athletes of all-time were, the Harris Poll released its most recent results on Wednesday, and there’s at least one constant: Michael Jordan. Jordan was once again on top of the survey, followed by Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali, who each moved up one spot from their 2009 rankings. Tiger Woods, who in 2009 held the No. 2 spot, fell to No. 8. Rounding out the top five were Serena Williams, who wasn’t ranked six years ago, and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who jumped from No. 8 to No. 5.
Forbes estimates LeBron James has replaced Tiger Woods as the athlete with the top brand value. The magazine said Tuesday the brand of the Cleveland Cavaliers star is worth $37 million — the amount his endorsement and nonbasketball earnings exceed the average of the NBA’s top 10. Woods had topped athletes on Forbes’ Fab 40 list each year since 2007. Nike is estimated to be the most valuable sports business brand, with its worth pegged at $19 billion. Forbes said the value of the name increases Nike’s worth from $52 billion to $71 billion.
Michael Jordan got married over the weekend, with Tiger Woods, Spike Lee and Patrick Ewing among those attending the NBA Hall of Famer’s wedding in Palm Beach, Fla. Jordan married 35-year-old former model Yvette Prieto on Saturday, manager Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press on Sunday.
You mentioned how Gilbert Arenas changed his personality after the gun incident and Tiger Woods publicly apologized after his scandal, and yet both still struggled. Conversely, Kobe blocked out his legal situation in Colorado and played some of the best basketball of his career. Why is he able to do this while others can’t? Tim Grover: Because Kobe and Michael had the ability not to think of external things. When they stepped between the lines, it was like, “This is my safe haven. No one can touch me here. Nothing’s gonna happen. All that other stuff, once the whistle is blowing and I step across that line again, it’s still gonna be there, so I can’t let the other stuff affect me and the end result of what I do. I’m focused in on thing. I play basketball. This is what I do. I can’t let that other stuff distract me from doing this.” It’s the ability to shut it all down, not from a physical standpoint, but from a mental standpoint.