NBA.com staff reports
Heat star LeBron James picked up his first Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award on Monday, becoming the first Heat player to grab the award since teammate Dwyane Wade took home honors in 2006. Lee Jenkins‘ story provides a great insight into LeBron’s banner year, during which he was named MVP and powered Miami’s run to its first title since ’06, ending years of disappointment and failed expectations for the superstar. He also won Finals MVP and was a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the London Olympics.
Jenkins recounts much of the Heat’s ride to the championship stage with insightful interviews from James’ teammates (Udonis Haslem, Wade and others), rivals (Paul George, Frank Vogel) as well as the man who built Miami’s now-superteam, Pat Riley. It’s a must-read piece on the man who, in Sports Illustrated‘s opinion, captivated the sports stage more than anyone else in 2012.