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LeBron James named SI’s Sportsman of the Year

Posted By Jerry Spar On December 3, 2012 @ 10:06 am In Uncategorized | No Comments

NBA MVP LeBron James [1] was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year [2], the magazine announced Monday.

James, 27, won his first NBA championship in 2012, leading the Heat past the Celtics [3] in the Eastern Conference finals and then past the Thunder in the NBA finals [4]. He also won a gold medal with Team USA at the London Olympics [5].

He became just the second player ever to win an NBA title, an NBA MVP award and an Olympic gold medal in the same year (Michael Jordan [6], 1992).

James acknowledged that he needed to change some things following his infamous ESPN special in 2010 in which he announced his decision to leave the Cavaliers [7] for the Heat.

“Did I think an award like this was possible two years ago? No, I did not,” James said in the SI cover story. “I thought I would be helping a lot of kids and raise $3 million by going on TV and saying, ‘Hey, I want to play for the Miami Heat [8].’ But it affected far more people than I imagined. I know it wasn’t on the level of an injury or an addiction, but it was something I had to recover from. I had to become a better person, a better player, a better father, a better friend, a better mentor and a better leader. I’ve changed, and I think people have started to understand who I really am.”

James is the first NBA player to be named SI’s Sportsman of the Year since Heat guard Dwyane Wade [9] in 2006.

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[1] LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm

[2] Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/magazine/sportsman/12/02/lebron-james-2012-sportsman/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a1

[3] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[4] NBA finals: http://media.weei.com/basketball/nba-finals.htm

[5] London Olympics: http://media.weei.com/olympics/london-olympics.htm

[6] Michael Jordan: http://media.weei.com/basketball/michael-jordan.htm

[7] Cavaliers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/cleveland-cavaliers.htm

[8] Miami Heat: http://media.weei.com/basketball/miami-heat.htm

[9] Dwyane Wade: http://media.weei.com/basketball/dwyane-wade.htm

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