On the heels of my endorsement of LeBron James as Sportsman of the Year—a distinction that, admittedly, means absolutely nothing—I figured it'd be fun to relive LeBron's year through some of the writing that made it so fascinating. Because not only did James unwittingly create a backlash unlike anything we've seen in sports in a long time (maybe ever), his clumsiness brought out some of the best writing of the year.
There's no doubt we're forgetting at least twenty phenomenal pieces, but among the writers featured here are, in order: Bill Simmons, Chris Palmer, Brian Windhorst, Michael Wilbon, Adrian Wojnarowski, Scott Raab, Bethlehem Shoals, Drew Magary, Will Leitch, Dan Gilbert, Buzz Bissinger, Trey Kerby, Tommy Craggs, Katie Baker, The Onion, Arash Markazi, Spencer Hall, Dan Le Betard, Henry Abbot, J.R. Moehringer, Kevin Arnovitz, Mark Cuban, Barack Obama, Scott Reiter, Jason Whitlock, and Wright Thompson.
It's not necessarily all-encompassing, but as LeBron takes center stage of the sports universe again tonight, it's worth considering just how much we've experienced with him this year. And there's no better way to do that than with a bunch of great writing. So let's reminisce...
It's long, and much easier to read if you take it section-by-section:
- Click here for LeBron's last days with the Cavaliers.
- Click here for coverage and reaction to The Summer of LeBron.
- Click here for coverage in the weeks and months following the move to Miami.
- Click here for reaction to LeBron's claims of racism.
- And finally, click here for coverage of the 2010 Heat.
Finally, anything I left out, feel free to add in the comments. HAPPY LEBRONNUKAH!