CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – LeBron James’ name has reared its ugly head again in Cleveland.
Today Sports Illustrated named James as their “2012 Sportsman of the Year,” an award that has only gone to a professional basketball player five other times.
The release reads: “Sports Illustrated today announced that Miami Heat and USA Basketball star LeBron James is the 2012 Sportsman of the Year. James who accomplished the rare feat of winning an NBA Championship, an Olympic Gold and being named league MVP and Finals MVP, joins an elite group of immortals such as Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky to receive this honor.”
The award began in 1954, and goes to what the magazine describes as “the transcendent athlete, coach or team who by virtue of their superior athletic achievement and comportment took us all to a higher place.”
James spoke to the magazine about the award, and mentioned his TV show which crushed the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers franchise.
“Did I think an award like this was possible two years ago?’ James says. ‘No, I did not. 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.’ 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.’”