Historical wealth: LeBron James achieves what no active NBA player ever has



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JUNE 2 LEBRON CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS…ON AND OFF THE COURT

LeBron James is no shortage of NBA accolades — both on and off the court. From winning championships and MVPs, to climbing the league’s all-time scoring ladder, to helping kids with their education, James has seen and done just about it all.

On Thursday, James once again made history…this time with his wealth. According to ForbesJames became the first ever active NBA player to become a billionaire.

“LeBron James – 18-time NBA All-Star, 4-time NBA champion, 2-time Olympic gold medalist – has taken another step forward, this time doing something no other NBA player has. ever did,” writes Chase Perterson-Withorn.

“After another monster year of revenue – totaling $121.2 million last year – Forbes believes that James officially became a billionaire, while playing hoop.

The Los Angeles star has a lot to think about when it comes to his future on the court as the Lakers are a long way from their 2020 championship form. historical way.

MAY 29 FORMER SPURS DERRICK WHITE AND IME UDOKA REACH NBA FINALS

The Boston Celtics picked up a Game 7 road win over the Eastern Conference-best Miami Heat on Sunday night, going from wire to wire in a 100-96 win.

Boston coach and former Spurs assistant Ime Udoka and former Spur Derrick White have now reached the NBA Finals in their first year with the team.

White had a quiet performance in Game 7, posting eight points, three rebounds and an assist, but scored 22 in the Game 6 loss on Friday.

The Celtics will face the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center in San Francisco on Thursday at 8 p.m.

MAY 9 MONTY WINS COACH OF THE YEAR

Monty Williams was named NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Phoenix Suns to a 64-18 NBA record this season.

During three seasons with the team, Williams led the Suns to a .656 winning percentage.

The Suns are currently in the middle of their second straight deep playoff series and are looking to clinch their first NBA championship in franchise history.

MAY 9 JOKIC SNAGS BACK-TO-BACK MVPS

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, ESPN reported Monday morning. He beat 76ers center Joel Embiid and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo for the award.

Jokić, 27, averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists on a career-high 58.3% shooting. The 6-11 Serbian native finished sixth in the league in points, second in rebounds and third in assists while becoming the first player in league history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in one season.

Jokić led the Nuggets to a 48-34 record this season and the sixth seed in the playoffs. Denver drew in the first round with the Golden State Warriors, who proved too much for Jokić and Co. in an easy 4-1 series win.

Still, despite being the defensive center of attention for the Warriors, the MVP averaged 31 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the series loss.

He is now part of a decorated list of players to win the MVP title in consecutive seasons, joining Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Antetokounmpo, Wilt Chamberlain, Steve Nash, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell and Spurs legend Tim Duncan.

Jokić and the Nuggets have gone 2-2 in four Spurs meetings this season. In a triple-double effort in an overtime win over the Clippers on Jan. 19, he scored a season-high 49 points to go along with 14 assists, 10 rebounds and three steals on 16-25 shooting.