LeBron James won league MVP and also took home NBA Finals MVP honors as he led the Miami Heat to their second straight title. But now, after one of the best all-around seasons in NBA history, James has some even bigger plans — he’s getting married.
James proposed to longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson at a New Year’s 2012 party, popping the question just after midnight. The two plan to tie the knot in San Diego during the weekend of September 13 to 15, just a little more than a month before James takes the court with the Heat to defend their title.
So for LeBron James, it will be a summer filled with shootarounds and tuxedo fittings.
The 2012 season was devoted to James defying critics, who said he lacked a killer instinct in his game and had a tendency to choke in the fourth quarter. Despite some shaky historical evidence to support this idea (like his Game 5 performance in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pistons, where he took over the game late and ended with 47 points), LeBron was emphatic in proving doubters wrong.
He averaged a shade over 25 points per game in the NBA Finals, capping it off with a 37-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 7. The performance is even better considering that the San Antonio Spurs devised a defensive scheme aimed mainly at shutting down James and denying him chances at the rim.
“I watched film, and my mind started to work. I said, ‘OK, this is how they’re going to play me for the whole series.’ I looked at all my regular-season stats, and I was one of the best midrange shooters in the game. I shot a career high from the three-point line.”
But now as LeBron James prepares for his wedding with Savannah Brinson, he also goes to work training for next year and the chance at a first Three-Peat since the Los Angeles Lakers teams of the early 2000s.