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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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Olympian Lauren Perdue is one of America's top swimmers, but she's making even more based on some Tweets she sent out - about LeBron James.

Just before the Olympics, Perdue, who competes today in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, wrote, "Lebron James just invited me to dinner... Um wuuuutttt?!?"

Around that time, this photo showed up on Perdue's Instagram account. That is most definitely LeBron James, NBA champion and Team USA member:

Lauren Perdue and LeBron James

Lauren told the Charlotte Observer today that before the Games began, the "Dream Team" hung out with the swimmers at a USA Olympic function.

At that point, LeBron did indeed invite Perdue to dinner.

"He was kind of joking," she said. "But he was basically like, 'Would you like to eat with me at the dining hall?' And I said, 'Um, I'm sorry, I have a curfew.'"

"So I turned [LeBron] down, yeah."

While unexpected, the request seems harmless enough, and it's unfair to assume any sleazy intent by LeBron, who is engaged to Savannah Brinson.

It's just the dining hall, a very public place. Don't expect him in Kobe's doghouse anytime soon ... unless Savannah is taking cues from Vanessa Bryant.

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by Free Britney at

LeBron James just won an NBA title with the Miami Heat.

Now he can add three-time ESPY winner to his resume.

The basketball superstar won individual trophies for male athlete of the year, best championship performance and best NBA player at the 20th annual gala/TV ratings extravaganza celebrating the year's best athletes and moments in sports.

LeBron James Pic

James, who is in London for the Olympics, has plenty to smile about.

LeBron bested tennis great Novak Djokovic, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for top male athlete.

He also shared in the best team award with the Heat.

Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner won female athlete of the year, topping Maria Sharapova, skier Lindsay Vonn and soccer player Abby Wambach.

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by Hilton Hater at

LeBron James stayed out until 6 a.m. But the superstar had a really good excuse: He just won his first NBA championship, earning Finals MVP status in the process.

In celebration, James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat partied it up at LIV Miami nightclub at the Fontainebleau Hotel, downing expensive champagne and dancing along to LMFAO on stage.

At one point, the best player on the planet even joined in, making the most of what he hopes is just the first of multiple title celebrations. Watch the raucous activity now:

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by Hilton Hater at

Following an embarrassing Decision and an abysmal 2011 NBA Finals performance, a humbled, ridiculously talented LeBron James captured his first professional championship last night, as the Miami Heat finished off the Oklahama City Thunder in five very impressive games.

The closeout was a blowout, with LeBron notching a triple double and Miami winning 121-106.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

"I did it the right way; I didn't short-cut anything," James said, responding to critics who have argued he did take a short-cut by joining two fellow stars on the Heat. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done."

It would be difficult to argue that James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat didn't work hard for this title. They became the first team in league history to win it all after trailing in three separate series, easily dispatching a Finals opponent who looked unstoppable leading into the matchup.

Even Cleveland Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who positively went off on LeBron after his departure in 2010, had to send congratulations to the growing legend. Sort of.

"Great NBA season," Gilbert Tweeted last night. "Enjoyed playoffs. Congratulations to Miami & OKC for an exciting Finals. Back to work on next weeks promising Cavs draft."

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by Free Britney at

LeBron James' purse (yes, purse) became the talk of the NBA yesterday.

At halftime of Sunday's Celtics/Knicks game, ABC relayed a shot of Miami Heat stars James and Dwyane Wade entering the Staples Center to do battle with the L.A. Lakers.

Wade was "the personification of sexual chocolate" according to one blogger, in a muscle shirt, while LeBron ... carried what appeared to be a stylish man purse / toiletry bag:

The reactions to this will, undoubtedly, be split into two camps:

  1. Ryan Seacrest, David Beckham, Kanye West and Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation, who will declare it "dope" and scramble to find out the designer.
  2. Everyone else, who will be LOLing at the fact that LeBron not only lost to the Lakers 93-83 Sunday, but lost his dignity by a much greater score.

What do you think of LeBron's man-purse? Fab or fail?

 

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Move over, Google+. Nike has announced a new range of digitally-enabled footwear, Nike+, that uses interactive mobile apps to track and measure movement.

The Nike+ Basketball shoes can now measure exactly how high, how hard and how quickly wearers play during each game ... like a video game, but real life!

Data from the shoe is transmitted to the user's phone, which can then be compared against other players and used to talk massive smack on social media.

Miami Heat star LeBron James, a pitchman for the product, explains the Nike+ system more in the ad below, released by Nike yesterday. Check it out:

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Poor John Lucas III.

LeBron James' drunk over him was so insane in the first quarter of the Miami Heat's win over the Chicago Bulls Sunday that the defender became an instant trend in the Twitter-verse. He may end up on a poster someday, too ... though not in a good way.

In one of the most ridiculous alley-oops you will ever see - no small feat for the human highlight reel - Dwyane Wade threw a lob to LeBron, who literally JUMPED OVER LUCAS, throwing it down with relative ease no less.

Watch the gravity (and comprehension) defying clip below:

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by Hilton Hater at

Quick, what's the difference between LeBron James and Savannah Brinson?

She got a ring before he did!!!

Jokes about LeBron's lack of championships aside, we're very happy for the long-time couple, who has been dating since high school and who has two kids together. They got engaged on New Year's Eve and, as you can see below, the Heat superstar didn't skimp on the ring:

LeBron James, Engagement Ring

The platinum and diamond rock features a seven-carat pear-shaped center diamond and classically tapered baguette sides. It was presented to Brinson Saturday night, following a dinner at the Shelborne hotel in South Beach.

James and the Heat suffered their first loss of the season last night, but remain the strong favorites to take home the 2012 NBA title.

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The debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan was settled perfectly by Jason Segel's character in Bad Teacher. One basketball legend has six championships, the other zero. Case closed.

But the debate between Savannah Brinson and Yvette Prieto is just getting underway.

The former is the mother of LeBron's two children, as well as his new fiancee, following an early Sunday morning proposal. Prieto, meanwhile, is a Cuban/American model who agreed to marry Jordan last week. Compare the beauties below and decide:

Which would you rather back down in the post... if you know what we mean?

And the Winner is?

Compare the fiancees of LeBron James and Michael Jordan now. Which would you rather take strong to the hole? View Poll »

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