In what was basically a foregone conclusion since the second half of the NBA regular season and possibly even longer than that, LeBron James has officially won his fourth NBA Most Valuable Player award in five seasons and his second consecutive award.
With a year passing by but with so many familiar faces in the same spot on the court of the AmericanAirlines Arena, HEAT broadcaster and host of today's award presentation Eric Reid noted that there was a distinct feeling of deja vu. But with an even stronger team around him this year and one championship already under his belt, LeBron was visibly touched by the show of support from coach Erik Spoelstra, team president Pat Riley, his friends and family, and of course his teammates who were all assembled on the side of the stage.
The 30-minute ceremony featured short speeches from Spoelstra and Riley as well as a video tribute featuring his teammates as well as his fiancé Savannah Brinson, his two sons Bryce and LeBron Jr and his mother.
James totaled 1,207 points, including 120 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 voters that consisted of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada as well as an NBA.com MVP fan vote. Only one first-place vote for Carmelo Anthony prevented the King from getting the unanimous vote.
"It was probably a writer out there from New York," said James when asked about the mysterious voter who didn't get the memo and decided to vote for his favorite player and not the most valuable of the league.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant finished second with 765 votes and Anthony in third place with 475 points. Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for each third-place vote, three for each fourth-place vote and one for each fifth-place vote received.
Asked about his band of brothers that made up the Miami Heat at the conclusion of the ceremony during the media interview session, the best player on the planet had this to say:
"It doesn't guarantee us anything. It doesn't guarantee us a championship...or wins. But I think our team is very special. In our sport and in our profession, a lot comes with it. It's mentally draining, it can be physically draining and there can be times when you don't want to show up to work. But when you have a group of guys like we have, we all buy into one thing and that's winning and sacrificing for one another. But we also enjoy each other so when you wake up we're like, 'I can't wait to get there so I can see D-Wade or I can see Ray (Allen) or I can see Rashard (Lewis) or Rio.'
"And it's vice versa, everyone...we all enjoy each other. We all enjoy being around one another so when we step out on the floor, it's kind of just second nature in the game of basketball and makes it that much easier for us."