James Wins NBA Most Valuable Player for Third Time, Herald Says

Miami Heat forward LeBron James will be named the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player today, the Miami Herald reported based on information from a person who wished to remain anonymous.

It will be the third MVP award for James, 27, who won two in Cleveland before moving to the Heat as a free agent for the 2010-11 season.

James finished third in the NBA in scoring this season with an average of 27.1 points per game, and was fourth in steals and 13th in assists.

Seven other players -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5), Wilt Chamberlain (4), Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone -- have at least three MVP trophies.

The league declined to confirm the announcement before today.

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