The NBA's worst-kept secret is about to become official -- Miami All-Star forward LeBron James reportedly will be named the league's most valuable player for a third time on Saturday.
The Associated Press reports that James will be announced as the winner Saturday before he receives his MVP trophy from NBA Commissioner David Stern on Sunday afternoon at Miami's Eastern Conference semifinal series opener against the Indiana Pacers.
James had another standout season with the Heat, averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists a game. In addition, his 53% shooting percentage and 1.9 steals a game made him arguably the league's most-dominant player this season.
He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone as the only players to have won the award at least three times. Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record six times.