LeBron James chosen Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of Year
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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James delivered on a promise and ended decades of Cleveland sports misery in 2016.
For leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title and ending the city's 52-year title drought, James was chosen Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year on Thursday, joining Tiger Woods as the award's only two-time winners since its inception in 1954.
Appearing in his sixth straight NBA Finals in June, James rallied the Cavs from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the
James was selected finals MVP for the third time in his career.
The 31-year-old James returned to Cleveland as a free agent in 2014 and pledged to bring a title to his home state. He did it in his second season, an achievement that ranks as the greatest accomplishment of his career.
James had spurned Cleveland in 2010, leaving for Miami, where he and close friend Dwyane Wade led the Heat to two titles and four consecutive finals.
"It's hard to remember a year with such a crowded field of Sportsperson candidates," said Chris Stone, SI's editor in chief. "But in the end, LeBron James was the clear choice."