LeBron James Named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

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LeBron James enjoyed a ho-hum 2012, winning his first NBA title... his third MVP award... AND an Olympic Gold Medal.

No, it's safe to say the editors of the world's most famous sports magazine didn't exactly have a tough time coming up with the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

Sports Illustratred Sportsman of the Year

"He was the most dominant athlete this year," Paul Fichtenbaum, Editor of Time Inc.'s Sports Group, said of LeBron. "The intangibles [James] brought to the court were significant in leading his teams to victory. He was a selfless player, doing whatever it took to will the Heat and Team USA, making all of his teammates better."

James is the first NBA star to land SI's top honor since his teammate, Dwayne Wade, did so in 2006.

He joins past Sportsman of the Year selections such as Brett Favre, Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter and Drew Brees.

But did he deserve it? Should LeBron have won Sportsman of the Year?

 

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