Today in Sports History: February 17

In 2008, the 57th NBA All-Star Game took place at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Eastern conference beat the Western Conference 134-128. The Most Valuable Player of the All-Star game was forward LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

James shot 12-for-22, 54.5 percent from the field, 2-for-7 from the three-point line averaging 28.6 percent, and went 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He had eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals, 2 blocks, and four turnovers. 

James went on and played for the Cavaliers until being traded in 2010 to the Miami Heat. From 2003- to 2010 James led the Cavaliers to three postseason appearances. From 2010-14, James won back-to-back championship titles in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, James was traded back to his hometown team, the Cavaliers determined to win a title. In 2016, James made history and won an NBA title for the first time in the franchise‚Äôs history. In 2018, James was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he currently still plays. 

James had been awarded the Most Valuable Player four times in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013, and earned three NBA finals MVP Honors in 2012, 2013, and 2016. He is also a 16-time All-Star since being drafted into the NBA in 2003 and has been named All-Star game MVP three times in 2006, 2008, and 2018. He was also named the AP Athlete of the Year in 2013, 2016, and 2018 and the Sportsperson of the Year in 2012 and 2016. 

James represented the USA Olympic team three times; 2004 in the Athens Olympics winning a bronze medal, 2008 Beijing Olympics winning a gold medal, and repeated a back-to-back championship win for the USA team in the 2012 London Olympics. 

James currently has four NBA Championship rings which he won in 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2020.

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