LeBron James’ Label as Most Popular NBA Player Justified by Recent Championships

July 27th, 2013 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James was voted as the NBA's most popular player in ESPN's latest poll, as reported by the network's Darren Rovell.

It makes sense that respect and likability have both risen for the game's best player after he took home MVP accolades in both of the past two regular seasons and NBA Finals.

Now that the self-proclaimed "King" has two rings to his name, his popularity increase is suitable.

James has justified his greatness by taking his game to another level in the past two campaigns, which has resulted in the Heat winning back-to-back Larry O'Brien Trophies. He beat out Los Angeles Lakers all-time great Kobe Bryant in the poll by a nose, receiving 12.9 percent of the vote while Bryant garnered 12.5.

At the mere age of 28, there is plenty of time for the still-healthy James to add to his accolades in his prime.

Initially when James made the infamous appearance on a TV special known as The Decision, and stated he would take his talents from the Cleveland Cavaliers to South Beach, many were outraged.

As Rovell notes, the 2008-09 season was the last ti ...

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