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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

Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax pitches against the Braves during a 1963 game at Dodger Stadium. Koufax won the 1965 Sportsman of the Year Award. (Neil Leifer/SI)

SI VAULT: Sandy Koufax on Sandy Koufax (12.20.65)

Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax pitches against the Braves during a 1963 game at Dodger Stadium. Koufax won the 1965 Sportsman of the Year Award. (Neil Leifer/SI)
SI VAULT: Sandy Koufax on Sandy Koufax (12.20.65)

Bill Russell, who won the 1968 Sportsman of the Year, shoots a hook over Wilt Chamberlain during a 1959 Celtics-Sixers game. (Hy Peskin/SI)

SI VAULT: Russell wins 1968 Sportsman of the Year (12.23.68)

Bill Russell, who won the 1968 Sportsman of the Year, shoots a hook over Wilt Chamberlain during a 1959 Celtics-Sixers game. (Hy Peskin/SI)
SI VAULT: Russell wins 1968 Sportsman of the Year (12.23.68)

Wayne Gretzky, who won the 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award, fires a slapshot during a 1981 preseason game against Calgary. (Paul Kennedy/SI)

SI VAULT: Gretzky wins 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award (12.27.82)

Wayne Gretzky, who won the 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award, fires a slapshot during a 1981 preseason game against Calgary. (Paul Kennedy/SI)
SI VAULT: Gretzky wins 1982 Sportsman of the Year Award (12.27.82)

USA men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski signals his team as Dwyane Wade looks on during their first round game at the 2006 world basketball championships in Sapporo, Japan. Coach K was named the 2011 SI Sportsman of the Year while Wade won the award in 2006. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

WOLFF: Summitt and Krzyzewski impact their players on and off the court
GALLERY: Summitt and Krzyzewski - Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

USA men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski signals his team as Dwyane Wade looks on during their first round game at the 2006 world basketball championships in Sapporo, Japan. Coach K was named the 2011 SI Sportsman of the Year while Wade won the award in 2006. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
WOLFF: Summitt and Krzyzewski impact their players on and off   the courtGALLERY: Summitt and Krzyzewski - Sportsman and Sportswoman of  the Year

Pat Summit gets carried off the court by USA Olympic players after defeating South Korea in the gold medal game. Summit, who also won a Silver medal as a player in the 1976 Olympics, was named SI Sportsman of the Year (along with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski). (Peter Read Miller/SI)

WOLFF: Summitt and Krzyzewski impact their players on and off the court
GALLERY: Summitt and Krzyzewski - Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

Pat Summit gets carried off the court by USA Olympic players after defeating South Korea in the gold medal game. Summit, who also won a Silver  medal as a player in the 1976 Olympics, was named SI Sportsman of the Year  (along with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski). (Peter Read Miller/SI)
WOLFF: Summitt and Krzyzewski impact their players on and off  the courtGALLERY: Summitt and Krzyzewski - Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year

It’s official. Legendary basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt are the 2011 Sportsman and Sportswomen of the year. (Simon Bruty/SI)

WOLFF: Summitt and Krzyzewski impact their players on and off the court
GALLERY: Classic photos of Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt

It’s official. Legendary basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt are the 2011 Sportsman and Sportswomen of the year. (Simon Bruty/SI)
WOLFF: Summitt and Krzyzewski impact their players on and off the court GALLERY: Classic photos of Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt

Sports Illustrated will announce its 2011 Sportsman of the Year today at 11 a.m. In honor of this event, we’ll be posting photos of former Sportsman of the Year winners all week. Here’s an aerial shot of Michael Jordan, who won the award in 1991. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

SI VAULT: Michael Jordan stands at the pinnacle of his game (12.23.91)

Sports Illustrated will announce its 2011 Sportsman of the Year today at 11 a.m. In honor of this event, we’ll be posting photos of former Sportsman of the Year winners all week. Here’s an aerial shot of Michael Jordan, who won the award in 1991. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
SI VAULT: Michael Jordan stands at the pinnacle of his game (12.23.91)