LeBron James is probably having the best year of his life right now, so it's not surprise that Sports Illustrated would go ahead and name him the 2012 Sportsman of the Year.
LeBron first appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was just 17 years old, and still a junior in high school. That was back in 2002, so it's taken King James 10 years to work up to having the best year of his life.
If you're a LeBron fan, or even if you're not, it's worth picking up a copy of the magazine to read what is a really detailed account of LeBron's rise to NBA fame, or have a read here.
Cover from 2002.