This Day in Sneaker History // LeBron James Wins 3rd MVP Trophy

Thankfully for all, the world did not end in 2012. If it did though, LeBron James definitely would’ve capped off Planet Earth’s run as the best active player in the game of basketball.

Going on a tear that saw King James claim his second Olympic Gold Medal preceded by his first NBA Finals Championship and the best in show honors, the accolades all began with a regular season that landed him league MVP acclaim for the third time in his career.

Wearing his Nike LeBron 9 in a commemorative colorway, the kid from Akron that just wanted to play ball with his friends was back on track to becoming everyone’s favorite and once again glorified as the best basketball player in the world. Just how good was LeBron in 2012-13? Coming back from a Finals defeat and two summers of scrutiny, he hit the hardwood with a vengeance by averaging 27 points, eight boards and six assists a night.

Bad guy? That was never Bron as much as the media tried to paint him that. Best player in the game? That was apparent from the start and once again confirmed on this day in sneaker history five years ago.

LeBron James hoists his third NBA MVP trophy
Nike LeBron 9 "MVP"
Nike LeBron 9 “MVP”
LeBron James in the Nike LeBron 9 “MVP”

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