ESPY Awards Recap: LeBron James Takes Home Top Prizes, Lin Wins Breakthrough Athlete
The Miami Heat forward took home three top awards: Best Male Athlete, Best Championship Performance and Best NBA Player. He also shared in the honors when the Miami Heat was named Best Team.
Meanwhile, the man who caused Linsanity this year also took home a top award.
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin won the prize for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
The 23-year-old was on hand to accept his award, but James was not: the star is currently in Las Vegas with the rest of the U.S. national team preparing for the London Olympics.
Backstage, Miami Heat player Mike Miller gave 27-year-old James some props, telling reporters: “He’s had a magnifying glass on him since he was 17 years old and I think he’s handled himself really, really well. Unbelievable teammate, unbelievable father, so those are the most important things. He’s just a likeable guy. He’s a great basketball player to boot.”
Adding to the evening’s excitement: the sexy sirens from Tinseltown who dressed in their finest fashions. Biel wore a sleeveless white dress; Hayden Panetteire donned a strapless baby-blue ensemble; Munn sported a gray sleeveless gown with a scoop neck; and Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff tried on a slinky yellow number.
Also on hand: New York Jets sensation Tim Tebow, Ted star Joel McHale, New Girl Zooey Deschanel, Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights fame, NASCAR champ/model Danica Patrick and Dancing with the Stars‘ Cheryl Burke.
They watched another athlete win big last night: Baylor University basketball star Brittney Griner was christened Female Athlete of the Year (she beat out French Open champion Maria Sharapova, skier Lindsay Vonn and soccer player Abby Wambach) and Best Female College Athlete.
Fan favorite Shaun White, the famous skateboarder and snowboarder, won his fifth consecutive ESPY for Male Action Sports Athlete.
View all of the night’s action in our gallery above.
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