The basketball superstar turns 28 on Sunday, and with an incredibly successful year, he’s sure to be celebrating big time.
After a humbling loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, James and the Miami Heat came back hungry for a championship title — and that’s exactly what they got. But not only can James flaunt his new ring after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, he also can brag about being named league MVP — for the third time — and NBA Finals MVP.
Talk about a triple threat.
From there, it was off to the London Olympics to compete on the international stage. Helping the United States win its second straight gold medal, James became the second player ever to win an NBA championship, MVP award, and Olympic gold medal in the same year — no big deal (Michael Jordan also achieved the feat).
The cherry on top of it all? The eight-time NBA All-Star was named Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year, of course.
To celebrate the King’s big day, we’re looking back at James’ most memorable moments, on and off the court. Click our gallery to see them!
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