Lebron James has put together an illustrious NBA career that will make him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The LA Lakers star forward has accomplished much more than his achievements on the court, extending much further into helping his hometown community in Akron. These years of work have earned James another tremendous honor for the first time in his NBA career.
LeBron James puts together an impressive 17th season
LeBron James’ first season with the Lakers fell well short of expectations as the franchise missed the playoffs.
Injuries hampered James while the team played with much inconsistency. Things have turned around significantly in his second campaign in LA as he put together an MVP-caliber campaign that saw him finish second for the honor and earn his 13th All-NBA First Team selection.
It has been much more than James as star forward Anthony Davis quickly found cohesion playing next to the four-time league MVP in his first season with the Lakers. Davis finished second for the Defensive Player of the Year award and received his fourth All-NBA First Team nod. All that equated to the Lakers earning their first trip to the playoffs in seven years while capturing their first No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in a decade.
James and Davis have continued their impressive campaign through the playoffs pushing LA toward competing for an NBA title. It has seen their combined play and key contributions from their role players guide them to the brink of winning a championship. All that has also helped James receive a special honor off the court.
LeBron James honored with a Wheaties Box cover
Throughout much of his career, LeBron James has been the face of the league.
That has seen much growth in his involvement in matters off the court through his foundation and other charities. As James continues to excel on the court, he has made a significant impact that has changed many lives away from his craft.
It has resulted in James and the students and staff from the I Promise School in Akron to receive the honor of being featured on the latest Wheaties box. The 35-year-old voiced nothing but appreciation for that recognition. (H/T Akron Beacon Journal)
“Growing up where we come from, to see my I Promise kids and families from Akron, Ohio, represented on the iconic Wheaties box means everything. “The movement we’ve started in Akron is about doing our part to uplift our community by first listening and then responding with the resources they need.”
James continued: “We will continue to do everything we can to create a better future for our kids and our community, and it starts with the students, teachers, and everyday champions you see on this box.”
It’s a tremendous honor that is traditionally given to who is deemed the top athlete of the year as Serena Williams earned it in 2019. The recognition also puts an increased spotlight on what James has done to help his community in Akron.
In many ways, that triumphs over anything he accomplishes on the court as it positively impacts many lives of children and families that need help to push forward.
Lakers on the verge of winning an NBA title
LeBron James has been one of the guiding forces that have pushed the Lakers a win away from winning their 17th NBA title.
It has been a remarkable run through the playoffs, which the Miami Heat have pushed LA hard in the NBA Finals. The Lakers have managed to pass the challenges behind the strong play from James and Anthony Davis throughout the playoffs.
Simultaneously, the star-powered duo has created plenty of problems for opposing teams in the postseason. The Heat have presented the most difficult challenge, which nearly saw them claw their way to a Game 4 win. Although the Lakers are a win away from a championship, the Heat are more than prepared to put up an intense fight behind their collective play offensively and stout defensive game plan.
These factors set up what should be another entertaining contest on Friday in Game 5 between two title-worthy teams.