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.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say I have something to prove for [DPOY], more so because people have counted our defense out with Bogut leaving, and that kind of pisses me off,” Green said after the win over Atlanta. “I’ve never been the guy to pride myself on [awards], but it’d be cool to win, absolutely. My goal coming into this season is to win a championship, and in order for us to win a championship, we have to defend. “The world says we traded our defense away when we got [Durant]. I disagree. I think our defense actually has the upside to be better with our length that we have, the speed, the athleticism. So that pissed me off more than anything…I take that personally, so that pushes me more than anything else.”