Jay Z Presents Lebron James With The Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year Award 2016! (PHOTOS+VIDEO)

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Lebron James is sharp as a tack on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine as he was named the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year!

“THANKFUL, GRATEFUL, HUMBLED, BLESSED, THANK YOU!!! #StriveForGreatness? #RWTW? #TheKidFromAkron? #JamesGang?,” the Cleveland Cavaliers player wrote on Instagram.

On Monday evening, James was honored at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony 2016 at the Barclays Center in New York City where good friend and hip-hop mogul Jay Z presented him with the award – and took the opportunity to address Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments.

“He’s a dedicated family man who married his high school sweetheart Savannah. Has three lovely children. He’s the son who honors and worships his mother Gloria. The friend who put his “posse” in position,” Jay quipped taking a stab at Jackson. “We know where we come from. We do understand where we come from, and the only difference between us and someone who has their MBA from Wharton or Sloan or Berkeley or Stanford is opportunity. LeBron James has provided his friends with that opportunity. And as we witness their development, and if we’re looking up at the scoreboard, very few businessmen are better than Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Randy Mims, and all the rest of the posse behind the scenes that make it look like they’re just hanging out.”

“LeBron James has made all of those around him better on and off the court. We acknowledge and recognize all he has done for the game. But, tonight we say thank you. Not just for your commitment to basketball, but for all you’ve done for the community. And thank you for how you’ve enriched the lives of all those around you. We messed around and got a triple-double in real life,” Jay added!

Check out flix from James at the ceremony below:

Congrats to King James….well deserved!

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