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James honored as Sportsman of the Year

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Sports Illustrated announced Monday that Miami Heat star LeBron James is its Sportsman of the Year.

After winning the regular season NBA MVP, James won his first NBA title and led the U.S. men to a gold medal in the London Olympics.

James is the first NBA player to win the honor since Dwyane Wade, James' current Heat teammate, in 2006.

James averaged 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game, while showing leadership and the ability to take over late in games. Then he helped the U.S. men cruise to gold in London.

He graces this week's SI cover for the 18th time, going back to his high school days in 2002 when he was touted as "The Chosen One."

Finalists for the magazine's year-end honor included Olympians Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas and Missy Franklin, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and seven-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer.

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