LeBron James wins 2012 NBA MVP, thanks Miami Heat, teammates, fans, and mother in speech (Video)

By on May 13, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: June 22, 2012 2:00 p.m.

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Miami Heat‘s LeBron James officially won the 2011-2012 NBA MVP award (KIA NBA Most Valuable Player) and thanked his teammates on his acceptance speech at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, as shown in the video below.

LeBron James, delivering his 2012 NBA MVP
acceptance speech in Miami, Florida

Image Credit: NBA video

As noted at US sports sites on Saturday, May 12, 2012, LeBron James was awarded the 2012 NBA MVP award late that day and inviting his teammates to go the stage as he delivers his MVP acceptance speech and got emotional.

James, 27, reportedly had a total of 1,074 points including 85 first-place votes, from ballots cast by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, and from fan votes as well as; and beat Oklahoma City‘s Kevin Durant (889 points), Los Angeles ClippersChris Paul (385 points), and Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant (352 points).

“This is very overwhelming to me as an individual award. But this is not the award I want, ultimately. I want that Championship. That’s all that matters to me. I would give all three of them back for an NBA Championship.” James said, while accepting his third NBA MVP award, also thanking the Miami Heat organization, teammates, fans, and his mother Gloria James.

“I think everyone has heard the story. My mother was 17 years old when she had me in a single-parent household with no income. And I have no idea how she did what she did to keep me happy, or to keep shoes on my feet or to keep food on the table or to keep the house warm at night in the wintertime.” James added later.

James, who received his first two NBA MVP awards back in 2009 and 2010 and had an average of 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists this season, is the first player to win at least three MVP titles since the time of Chicago BullsMichael Jordan.

LeBron James, delivering his 2012 NBA MVP award acceptance speech
Video Credit: NBAGermany2011/YouTube/NBA

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