LeBron adds to collection
Updated: 2013-07-19 07:34
By Agencies in Los Angeles (China Daily)
From the left: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and players Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and LeBron James accept the award for best game at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. John Shearer / Invision / AP
Miami Heat superstar cleans up at ESPY Awards
LeBron James padded his trophy collection on Wednesday night, receiving three at the ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win a second straight NBA championship.
James also won in the championship performance and NBA player categories, completing a sweep of the three awards he won last year. He shared the best team award.
Meanwhile, ESPN.com reported the Los Angeles Lakers, whose plan to re-sign center Dwight Howard did not pan out this offseason, are looking at adding James or Carmelo Anthony from what will be a star-studded 2014 free-agent crop.
Opinions are split on whether the Lakers can actually land James or Anthony, with one source calling it "realistic" and another saying it was "far-fetched at this point".
Nonetheless, the Lakers have made it clear they are positioning themselves for a run at one and perhaps even two of the superstars who could become free agents in 2014 by refusing to commit to any contracts past this upcoming season, multiple sources have said.
At the ESPY Awards, James beat out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for male athlete honors.
James mentioned his fellow nominees, then told them, "This is for all four of us, man, but I'm just keeping it at my house."
Serena Williams won two awards, including female athlete of the year. She defeated a pair of Olympians, gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Missy Franklin, and former Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner. Williams didn't attend because she's playing a tournament in Sweden.
Peterson and Phelps also won two awards each.
Jon Hamm, the star of AMC's Mad Men and a noted St. Louis Cardinals fan, hosted the 21st annual show from the Nokia Theatre.
He joked it was "the world's largest gathering of people wearing sunglasses indoors" as the cameras caught James and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick behind shades.
Hamm got in some digs about ex-Laker Howard.
"We thought it would be nice to honor Dwight Howard with his greatest moments with the Lakers," Hamm said as no film clips appeared on the screen behind him while the crowd laughed.
Hamm said the talk about possible suspensions resulting from baseball's latest drug investigation included Alex Rodriguez
"That's OK, Yankee fans are used to him not showing up for the second half of the season," he joked.
Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won male college athlete honors after flying in earlier from Hoover, Alabama, where he attended SEC media day. Griner, who now plays for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, won female college athlete.
Peterson won trophies for NFL player and best comeback, while Cabrera won as best MLB player.
Williams won top female tennis player, giving her eight career ESPYs.
Phelps also claimed best male Olympian, while teenage swimming sensation Franklin won best female Olympian.
Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers won as breakthrough athlete. Rick Pitino won as coach-manager for guiding the Louisville Cardinals to a national basketball championship.
The best game was Game 6 of the NBA finals between the Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
The award for best upset went to Florida Gulf Coast's men's basketball team, a No 15 seed that upset No 2 seed Georgetown in the NCAA tournament.
The best moment award singled out 7-year-old Jack Hoffman's 69-yard touchdown run at Nebraska's spring game in April, which was replayed on national TV and viewed more than two million times on YouTube.
The boy from Atkinson, Neb., has brain cancer.
As his father spoke, Jack held the big trophy that blocked part of his face.
Sidney Crosby won NHL player of the year, while soccer star Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls won the MLS equivalent.
(China Daily 07/19/2013 page23)