Posted December 26, 2013 by Luis Mercado in Sports

LeBron James Named AP Male Athlete Of The Year [Video]

There was Larry Bird then Michael Jordan and now Lebron James.

Lebron James was name the male athlete of the year by AP, in a year where he probed that he was undoubtedly the best player in basketball, and won his second championship and his forth MVP award.

He received 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, beating Peyton Manning (20) and Jimmie Johnson (7).

This award, yet great leaves James learning his potential as not only one of the greatest players to touch a basketball court, but to become a great man as well. He spoke to the AP about his bigger plans.

“I’m chasing something and it’s bigger than me as a basketball player, I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero … those things mean so much, and that’s what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I don’t think this is the biggest role that I’m going to have.”

James doesn’t have to look too far to keep his legacy alive as his kids seem to be following his footsteps.

James is enjoying a happy home, being a great role model, and of course success as one of the best NBA players of all time.

In 28 games so far this season, James is dominating, averaging 25.2 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game.

Check out some of his top plays below.