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James was revealed as the winner Sunday, one day after Serena Williams was announced as the AP's female athlete of the decade. In his 17th season, he's on pace to lead the league in assists for the first time while remaining among the NBA's scoring leaders.

"When LeBron James is involved," Denver coach Michael Malone said, "I'm never surprised."

Including playoffs, no one in the NBA scored more points than James in the last 10 years. He started the decade 124th on the league's all-time scoring list. He's now about to pass Kobe Bryant for No. 3. No. 2 Karl Malone and No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are within reach.

Is Abdul-Jabbar in his sights? Is catching him the new decade's goal?

"I would be lying if I said I don't see it," James said. "Obviously I'm not trying to say, `OK, well if I play this amount of time, if I average this' ... I'm not doing that because I've never done that with my career. I've always just kind of let it happen. Whatever happens, happens. But I see it. I do see it."

His work ethic, even now, makes even those closest to him marvel.

Here's a typical day this past summer for James, who remains obsessed with working even though fame and fortune found him long ago: He'd wake up at 3 a.m. and be at the Warner Bros. lot by 3:45 - where a weight room and court, built just for him, were waiting. He'd be lifting by 4 a.m., getting shots up by 5:30 and be ready to start another day of shooting the remake of "Space Jam" that he has been planning for years by 7 a.m.

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"That's who he is," said Mike Mancias, one of the longest-tenured and most trusted members of James' inner circle, tasked for more than 15 years with keeping James fit. "He does whatever it takes when it comes to fulfilling his commitments to everything -- especially his game and his craft."

The 2010s for James started with "The Decision," the widely criticized televised announcement of his choice to leave Cleveland for Miami. (Lost in the hubbub: The show raised more than $2.5 million for charity.) He was with the Heat for four years, went to the NBA Finals all four times with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, finally won the title in 2012 -- "it's about damn time," he said at the trophy celebration -- and led the way in a Game 7 win over San Antonio to go back-to-back the following year.

"He grew immensely here as a leader," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He impacted winning as much as with his leadership as he did with his talent. I think that was the most important thing he learned with us. And he's been able to take that to different franchises and continue using that as a template."

Cleveland was devastated when he left. It forgave him. James returned home in 2014, took Cleveland to four consecutive finals, then led the Cavaliers to the 2016 title and came up with one of the biggest plays of his life by pulling off a chase-down block of Golden State's Andre Iguodala in the final seconds of Game 7 of that series.

And in 2018, he was off to LA.

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Going Hollywood made so much sense -- he's making movies, has a production company, has a program called "The Shop" as part of his `Uninterrupted' platform featuring an array of guests from Drake to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who signed a bill on the show that will allow college athletes to get paid for the use of their likeness and sign endorsement deals.

"There's a lot of moments from this decade that would be up there, winning the two Miami championships, winning a championship in Cleveland, the chase-down block," James said. "But the best moment? Definitely marrying Savannah. That would be No. 1."

James and longtime partner Savannah Brinson got married six years ago. They already had two sons -- both are very good basketball players already -- and added a daughter in 2014.

James also spent most of the last decade as a lightning rod for critics.

He used his voice often on social matters, speaking out after the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and campaigning for Hillary Clinton. He supported Colin Kaepernick's methods of protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Most recently, he was criticized by many -- including top U.S. lawmakers -- for his remarks after Houston general manager Daryl Morey sparked a massive rift between the NBA and China by sending out a tweet supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

"I don't live in regret," James said. "There's no moment in this last decade that I wish I could have back. If a situation was bad or you feel like you could have done better, then I learned from it."

He doesn't know how much longer he'll play. He laments missing time with his children. His "I Promise" school that opened in 2018 in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, has been an immediate success story, and he wants to see that enterprise continue growing.

Some love him. Some don't. He doesn't mind.

"When you believe in your calling or you believe in yourself, then it doesn't matter what other people say or how other people feel," James said. "And if you allow that to stop you or deter you from your mission, then you don't get anywhere."

And in the 2010s, nothing deterred James.

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Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram named NBA Players of the Week
From NBA.com Staff
Dec 30, 2019 3:24 PM ET

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram were named the NBA Players of the Week for Week 10.

Check out their performances from the past week of action.

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Jaylen Brown tied his career-high with 34 points against the Cavaliers.

• Celtics 118, Raptors 102 (Dec. 25)

30 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists

• Celtics 129, Cavaliers 117 (Dec. 27)

34 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists

• Raptors 113, Celtics 97 (Dec. 28)

17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals

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Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 31 points in their Christmas Day win in Denver.
• Pelicans 102, Trail Blazers 94 (Dec. 23)

19 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

• Pelicans 112, Nuggets 100 (Dec. 25)

31 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

• Pelicans 120, Pacers 98 (Dec. 28)

24 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

• Pelicans 127, Rockets 112 (Dec. 29)

27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

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