LeBron James & Serena Williams Named AP’s Athletes of the Decade

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With the 2010s drawing to a close, the Associated Press has bestowed its Male Athlete of the Decade award on LeBron James and Female Athlete of the Decade on Serena Williams.

James’s on-court exploits this past decade are the stuff of legend. After leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010 via a controversial “The Decision” special that aired on ESPN, he won two NBA Championships, two NBA MVP awards and two NBA Finals MVP awards, all in 2012 and 2013. He then went home to Cleveland and the Cavs in 2014, and was finally able to bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy to the title-deprived city in 2016. Since leaving Cleveland again in 2018, James has been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite his endlessly impressive play and laundry list of awards and accomplishments, James has transcended the game of basketball over the past ten years, becoming a near-omnipotent presence and a cultural icon in the process. Known for his domestic social justice beliefs, James has done everything from wear an “I Can’t Br

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