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Tim Duncan won his fifth NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs on June 15, to become one of only 12 NBA players to win five titles. The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat, 104-87, in Game 5 to end the series. (Photo: Greg Nelson/SI)

Tim Duncan won his fifth NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs on June 15, to become one of only 12 NBA players to win five titles. The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat, 104-87, in Game 5 to end the series. (Photo: Greg Nelson/SI)

LeBron James soars to the basket during Sunday’s All-Star Game. (Greg Nelson/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James soars to the basket during Sunday’s All-Star Game. (Greg Nelson/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James celebrates his 28th birthday on Sunday. Will SI’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year bring another title to Miami in 2013? (AP)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James celebrates his 28th birthday on Sunday. Will SI’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year bring another title to Miami in 2013? (AP)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James knifes his way through the lane during Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals. James was voted SI’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year after winning his first NBA championship, the MVP Award and a gold medal in the Olympics. (John W. McDonough/SI)

JENKINS: LeBron won it all in 2012
GALLERY: Rare LeBron Photos

LeBron James knifes his way through the lane during Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals. James was voted SI’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year after winning his first NBA championship, the MVP Award and a gold medal in the Olympics. (John W. McDonough/SI)
JENKINS: LeBron won it all in 2012GALLERY: Rare LeBron Photos

LeBron James is the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Sportsman of the Year Covers | Rare LeBron Photos | LeBron in High School

LeBron James is the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Sportsman of the Year Covers | Rare LeBron Photos | LeBron in High School

The Miami Heat’s Dywane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James receive championship rings before the season-opener against the Celtics on Tuesday. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT via Getty Images)

GALLERY: NBA Title RIngs Over the Years

The Miami Heat’s Dywane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James receive championship rings before the season-opener against the Celtics on Tuesday. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
GALLERY: NBA Title RIngs Over the Years

Dwyane Wade is fouled by Rajon Rondo during the fourth quarter of last night’s Heat-Celtics game. The rivalry between the two teams is strong as ever with Wade calling the foul a “punk play.” Miami rolled to a 120-107 victory in the opening game of the NBA season. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

THOMSEN: Miami looks ready to repeat with opening night victory

Dwyane Wade is fouled by Rajon Rondo during the fourth quarter of last night’s Heat-Celtics game. The rivalry between the two teams is strong as ever with Wade calling the foul a “punk play.” Miami rolled to a 120-107 victory in the opening game of the NBA season. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
THOMSEN: Miami looks ready to repeat with opening night victory

LeBron James drives to the hoop during Game 2 of the NBA Finals last June. LeBron would lead the Heat to the NBA championship a few days later. Will the Heat repeat? SI’s Paul Forrester thinks the Heat will be even better this season.

FORRESTER: Southeast Division Preview | Atlantic Division
VIDEO PREVIEWS: Charlotte | Atlanta | Orlando | Washington

LeBron James drives to the hoop during Game 2 of the NBA Finals last June. LeBron would lead the Heat to the NBA championship a few days later. Will the Heat repeat? SI’s Paul Forrester thinks the Heat will be even better this season.
FORRESTER: Southeast Division Preview | Atlantic DivisionVIDEO PREVIEWS: Charlotte | Atlanta | Orlando | Washington

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony pose during Media Day before the 2004 Olympics. The squad ended up going 5-3 in Athens, the low point of a once-dominant squad. After the Games, the U.S. hired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to run the team. Since then, the team has been nearly unbeatable. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James | Carmelo Anthony | Historic Team USA

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony pose during Media Day before the 2004 Olympics. The squad ended up going 5-3 in Athens, the low point of a once-dominant squad. After the Games, the U.S. hired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to run the team. Since then, the team has been nearly unbeatable. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James | Carmelo Anthony | Historic Team USA

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James of the USA Men’s National Team stretch out during training camp on Sunday. Fresh off winning his first NBA title, James is hoping to cap off a career year with another gold medal. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

THOMSEN: With title in tow, James forming foundation of U.S. roster
GALLERY: Team USA since the original 1992 Dream Team

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James of the USA Men’s National Team stretch out during training camp on Sunday. Fresh off winning his first NBA title, James is hoping to cap off a career year with another gold medal. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
THOMSEN: With title in tow, James forming foundation of U.S. rosterGALLERY: Team USA since the original 1992 Dream Team

This week’s SI cover features LeBron James, who finally earned his first NBA title. (Gregory Heisler/SI)

This week’s SI cover features LeBron James, who finally earned his first NBA title. (Gregory Heisler/SI)

LeBron finally got his ring - only 10 more to go until he reaches Bill Russell. The former Celtics legend and 11-time champion poses with James after Miami beat Oklahoma City for the NBA title on Thursday. James recorded a triple-double in leading the Heat to 121-106 victory. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

ROSENBERG: LeBron finally wins his first NBA title
THOMSEN: "Easy" path turned out to be hardest
GALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 5

LeBron finally got his ring - only 10 more to go until he reaches Bill Russell. The former Celtics legend and 11-time champion poses with James after Miami beat Oklahoma City for the NBA title on Thursday. James recorded a triple-double in leading the Heat to 121-106 victory. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)
ROSENBERG: LeBron finally wins his first NBA titleTHOMSEN: "Easy" path turned out to be hardestGALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 5

This weeks’ SI cover features LeBron James skying for a dunk during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Although Serge Ibaka would wind up blocking this attempt, it makes for a great cover. (Greg Nelson/SI)

This weeks’ SI cover features LeBron James skying for a dunk during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Although Serge Ibaka would wind up blocking this attempt, it makes for a great cover. (Greg Nelson/SI)

These Thunder fans, who clearly take fashion advice from Russell Westbrook, pose for a photo before Tuesday’s game against the Heat in Miami. Unfortunately for these fans, things didn’t work out for Oklahoma City. LeBron James scored 26 points to go along with 12 assists and 9 rebounds as the Heat took a 3-1 series lead with a 104-98 victory. Miami will try and close out the series in front of its home crowd on Thursday. (Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

ROSENBERG: LeBron does it all in Heat victory
THOMSEN: LeBron fights cramps to beat Thunder
GALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 4
GALLERY: Russell Westbrook: Fashion Icon

These Thunder fans, who clearly take fashion advice from Russell Westbrook, pose for a photo before Tuesday’s game against the Heat in Miami. Unfortunately for these fans, things didn’t work out for Oklahoma City. LeBron James scored 26 points to go along with 12 assists and 9 rebounds as the Heat took a 3-1 series lead with a 104-98 victory. Miami will try and close out the series in front of its home crowd on Thursday. (Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)
ROSENBERG: LeBron does it all in Heat victoryTHOMSEN: LeBron fights cramps to beat ThunderGALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 4GALLERY: Russell Westbrook: Fashion Icon

LeBron James skies for a dunk on Serge Ibaka during Thursday’s Heat-Thunder game. Although Ibaka ended up blocking this attempt, James and Miami got the last laugh with a 100-96 win to tie up the NBA Finals at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday in Miami. (Greg Nelson/SI)

ROSENBERG: Heat prove to be stronger, grittier team in Game 2
THOMSEN: LeBron delivers with clutch play in fourth quarter
GALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 2

LeBron James skies for a dunk on Serge Ibaka during Thursday’s Heat-Thunder game. Although Ibaka ended up blocking this attempt, James and Miami got the last laugh with a 100-96 win to tie up the NBA Finals at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday in Miami. (Greg Nelson/SI)
ROSENBERG: Heat prove to be stronger, grittier team in Game 2THOMSEN: LeBron delivers with clutch play in fourth quarterGALLERY: SI’s Best Photos From Game 2