It was revealed earlier today that Lebron James was the Sports Illustrated, Sports Person of the Year.
James was honored by Sports Illustrated for rallying the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and delivering Cleveland its first championship in 52 years. Hip-hop artist Jay-Z, who introduced James on Monday, praised James for his work with the youth of Northeast Ohio.
As Jay-Z introduced James, he cited Knicks President Phil Jackson’s recent “posse” comment that infuriated both James and his associates such as Maverick Carter, Rich Paul and Randy Mims.
“Only difference between us and someone with an MBA from Wharton or Sloan is opportunity,” Jay-Z said. “LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity. Very few, very few businessmen are better than Maverick, Carter, Rich Paul, Randy Mims and the rest of his posse.”
Once Lebron accepted he had this to say:
“I’m not really supposed to be up here. This award is not for me,” James said in his speech, mentioning people such as his wife, mother, in-laws and the 2,300 kids in his foundation, along with fellow award winners Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Brown and Bill Russell. “It wasn’t about you guys. The four most dominant athletes at that time didn’t care what happened to them. They sacrificed everything that could’ve happened to them, could’ve been stripped of everything they accomplished to that point.
Check out Lebron’s trophy below: