Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and perhaps still the most popular and most watched basketball superstar in the NBA, was once again name by an American sports media “Sports Illustrated” as the “2016 SI Sportsperson of the Year”.
The Cavaliers won Game 7 of the NBA Finals after trailing 1 -3 against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Cavs won Game 3 and eventually won three straight games, Game 5, Game 6 and Game 7 to make history as the first ever team in NBA to ever come back from 1-3 deficit.
In 2012, LeBron James was name the “2012 SI Sportsperson of the Year”, after winning his first ever NBA Championship with the Miami Heat, he was named Finals MVP, NBA MVP for the 3rd time and also won a gold medal as a member of 2012 USA Olympic Gold Medalist.
For the last ten years SI featured the most influential athlete in every sport, in Basketball there are only two players that made on the list for the last ten years. In 2006, Dwyane Wade featured by SI after the Miami Heat won their first ever NBA Championship and Wade was named NBA Finals MVP. LeBron James made it in the list in 2012 and 2016.