LeBron James still manages to win … even without really winning.
Wednesday night, James was awarded an ESPY for Best Championship Performance, beating out World Series winner Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants pitcher), Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Women’s CWS winner Lauren Haeger (Florida Gators pitcher). What separated James from his fellow nominees was that he didn’t actually win a championship.
James stood before the crowd at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles slightly surprised after winning the award.
“ … Second place got me this, this wasn’t expected at all,” the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar said.
The Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in six games last month in the NBA Finals, though James’ accomplishments were nothing short of magnificent.
James got strong consideration for Finals MVP after leading both teams in points, rebounds and assists. And just as he did last month, James finished behind Stephen Curry again, as the Warriors guard won the ESPY for Best NBA Player.
“Thank you to all my fans, and I’ll take the second place award and I’ll take it to my house too,” James said.