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Associated Press Names Its 2018 Male Athlete Of The Year

A photo of LeBron James smiling.

EL SEGUNDO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs as he speaks on a set during the Los Angeles Lakers Media Day at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 24, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Associated Press announced today the recipient of its 2018 Male Athlete of the Year award.

NBA superstar LeBron James is the winner of this year's award.

"BREAKING: LeBron James wins AP's male athlete of the year award for third time, after a 2018 where he went to The Finals, refused to "shut up and dribble" and opened the "I Promise" school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio."

LeBron James didn't win a championship in 2018, but it was arguably the biggest year of his career off of the court.

"I was able to inspire so many people," James told the Associated Press.

LeBron was no slouch on the court, either. The NBA star signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and remains - arguably to some - the best player in the league.

The full voting for this year's award went as follows:

  1. LeBron James
  2. Mookie Betts
  3. Alexander Ovechkin

LeBron becomes the fourth man to win the award at least three times.