My Sportsman: Miami Heat’s LeBron James

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for 2013’s Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 16. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.

By: Lee Jenkins

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In 2012, LeBron James won the NBA championship, NBA MVP, Finals MVP and Olympic gold medal. He delivered a playoff performance that was unforgettable, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Indiana, and then one that was epic, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Boston. He rescued the United States in pool play versus Lithuania and again in the gold-medal game versus Spain. During the regular season he shot 53 percent — Larry Bird never even shot 53 percent — with an efficiency rating nearly four points higher than anybody else’s. He set a career-high in rebounds and attempted fewer three-pointers than ever while sinking them at a higher clip than ever. He was named SI‘s Sportsman of the Year. “It gets no better for a basketball player,” said Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

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