SI.com noted, "past winners include Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, Arthur Ashe, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps. College basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski - James' Olympic coach - and Pat Summitt shared the honor last year." While some could argue that Micheal Phelps, Gabby Douglas could also be contenders, LeBron seemed to earn this elite award all year long. ''LeBron kind of made it easy on us,'' said Time Inc. Sports Group editor Paul Fichtenbaum. ''In a year that had really high standards, he just stood taller than everybody else.'' And we totally agree. Congrats LeBron! Leave a note of congrats for LeBron. Your Jersey Girlfriend, ~Angela DavisWith a national NBA championship, MVP status and an Olympic gold medal with Team USA, it's no surprise why Sports Illustrated chose LeBron James as Sportsman Of The Year. He's had a pretty impressive year and joins an illustrious group of honorees.