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LeBron James Wins 3rd NBA MVP

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(Photo by Jeyhoun Allebaugh/NBAE via Getty Images)

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 MIAMI (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Miami’s LeBron James will be announced Saturday as the NBA’s MVP, the third time he’s won the award in the past four seasons.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the results have not been released. James is expected to be presented with the trophy Sunday by Commissioner David Stern before Miami hosts Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Indiana.

James will become the eighth player to win the award at least three times, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone.

He’ll be the first to win as a member of the Heat. James’ previous MVP awards in 2009 and 2010 came when he played for Cleveland.

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