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LeBron James and Francisco Lindor Each Wins Awards at the SI Sportsperson of the Year Event

Two stars of the Cleveland sports scene were honored last night at the Sports Illustrated’s SI Sportsperson of the Year event which was held in New York City.

As was announced earlier, Cavs star LeBron James was named as the Sportsperson of the Year, but another Cleveland player received a high honor, that being Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, who won the Rising Star Award.

Lindor was given the award by Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who retired after this past season. This past season Francisco hit .301 with 15 homers and 78 RBI for the American League Champion Indians.

For James this was the second time he was selected as the SI Sportsperson of the Year, once while still a member of the Miami Heat.

“This award is for my wife. This award is for my mother. This award is for my three kids back home … This award is for the great Muhammad Ali, for Bill Russell, for Jim Brown, for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,” James said

“So as I stand up here, as the recipient of the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year, this isn’t about me – this is much bigger than me and I just want to say thank you to everyone.”

Also honored at the event were Michael Phelps, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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