LeBron Celebrates MVP at Hometown Gym

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2009 10:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – LeBron James accepted his MVP trophy today at his Akron high school gym, telling
a packed house that he "never dreamed about being MVP, but if I said I didn't enjoy this award I'd be lying to you," the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. A crowd of students stocked with family, friends, and former teachers and coaches gave him a standing ovation. "Hard work pays off and dreams do come true," he told them.

The second-youngest player ever and the first Cavalier to win the award, James, 24, received 109 of 121 first-place votes, beating out runners-up Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. "I still I have a lot of things I want to do this season," said James, who drove up in his custom-built Ferrari with a police escort. "I want to have another celebration in June."