LeBron James can claim another W in 2016.
James has been named Sports Illustrated's 2016 Sportsperson of the Year, the publication announced Thursday.
According to Sports Illustrated's editors, they chose James not because he ended Cleveland's championship drought or overcame a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, but because he is "the only athlete who did those things to gain more than a ring."
Sports Illustrated says, "LeBron James certainly did not save Cleveland or northeast Ohio, but he lifted the area in unmistakable ways."
James noted he doesn't put as much weight into individual accomplishments as he does team ones.
"I'm honored that they have chosen me," he said following Thursday's team practice. "I'm more happy for my family, my kids, my wife, my mom, for my foundation, the kids that I represent. ...For me, it's an honor. I'm happy about it, but it doesn't hit me. I really don't know how to feel about it."
Lee Jenkins, the writer who helped James pen his infamous "I'm coming home" essay in 2014, will write a cover story on how James transformed Cleveland's image. It'll be posted to Sports Illustrated's website later today.
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