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As a result of a broken nose suffered during Miami’s road victory over Oklahoma City last week, LeBron James wore a black mask to “lessen the pain” as the Heat beat the Knicks 108-82 in Miami last night.  LeBron shot 13-for-19 from the field with 31 points. (Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

GALLERY: NBA Players in Face Masks

As a result of a broken nose suffered during Miami’s road victory over Oklahoma City last week, LeBron James wore a black mask to “lessen the pain” as the Heat beat the Knicks 108-82 in Miami last night.  LeBron shot 13-for-19 from the field with 31 points. (Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
GALLERY: NBA Players in Face Masks

LeBron James, seen here in a 2006 photo shoot, will star in a movie called “Ballers” with comedian Kevin Hart, in which they will reportedly play brothers.  Hopefully, LeBron will have more magic on the big screen than Shaq did in “Kazaam.”   (Michael J. LeBrecht II/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James, seen here in a 2006 photo shoot, will star in a movie called “Ballers” with comedian Kevin Hart, in which they will reportedly play brothers.  Hopefully, LeBron will have more magic on the big screen than Shaq did in “Kazaam.”   (Michael J. LeBrecht II/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James poses during a 2004 SI photo shoot. James was magical in his rookie season, racking up 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in his first NBA game. He averaged more than 20 points per game and took home Rookie of the Year Honors in 2003-04. (Michael J. Lebrecht/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James poses during a 2004 SI photo shoot. James was magical in his rookie season, racking up 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in his first NBA game. He averaged more than 20 points per game and took home Rookie of the Year Honors in 2003-04. (Michael J. Lebrecht/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James wears a message honoring Trayvon Martin on his sneaker before the Miami Heat’s game against the Detroit Pistons on March 23, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (Duane Burleson/AP)

LeBron James wears a message honoring Trayvon Martin on his sneaker before the Miami Heat’s game against the Detroit Pistons on March 23, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (Duane Burleson/AP)

Four-time MVP, 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, and back-to-back Finals MVP LeBron James poses for a portrait, from his days as a mischievous little boy.  (Courtesy of the James Family)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

Four-time MVP, 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, and back-to-back Finals MVP LeBron James poses for a portrait, from his days as a mischievous little boy.  (Courtesy of the James Family) 
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James defends the basket against Tony Parker in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.  (Greg Nelson/SI)

GALLERY: SI’s Best Shots of Game 7 of the NBA Finals

LeBron James defends the basket against Tony Parker in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.  (Greg Nelson/SI)
GALLERY: SI’s Best Shots of Game 7 of the NBA Finals

Tony Parker takes his game-sealing jumper right before the shot clock expired. The basket gave San Antonio a four-point lead with five seconds to go in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (Greg Nelson/SI)

GALLERY: SI’s Best Shots of the NBA Finals

Tony Parker takes his game-sealing jumper right before the shot clock expired. The basket gave San Antonio a four-point lead with five seconds to go in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (Greg Nelson/SI)
GALLERY: SI’s Best Shots of the NBA Finals

LeBron James is guarded by Jimmy Butler during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between Miami and Chicago on Wednesday. James recorded 23 points in a 94-91 series-clinching victory for the Heat. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) 

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James is guarded by Jimmy Butler during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between Miami and Chicago on Wednesday. James recorded 23 points in a 94-91 series-clinching victory for the Heat. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) 
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James

LeBron James shoots over Kevin Durant during a Feb. matchup between the Heat and Thunder. Miami won 110-100. (Greg Nelson/SI)

GALLERY: The Miami Heat’s Historic Run

LeBron James shoots over Kevin Durant during a Feb. matchup between the Heat and Thunder. Miami won 110-100. (Greg Nelson/SI)
GALLERY: The Miami Heat’s Historic Run

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s LeBron James poses in the locker room for a 2002 SI photo shoot. (Michael J. LeBrecht II/SI)

GALLERY: LeBron James in High School

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s LeBron James poses in the locker room for a 2002 SI photo shoot. (Michael J. LeBrecht II/SI)
GALLERY: LeBron James in High School

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)
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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