NEW YORK -- LeBron James was asked on Wednesday night what advice he would give the 17-year-old LeBron James who first appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2002.
"What I would say to that kid is there are going to be a lot of ups and downs, and there are going to be a lot of expectations" said James, after accepting the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award at the magazine's annual awards celebration. Click to see more photos...
"There are going to be a lot of pitfalls, too. But it's how you come back from those pitfalls and how you come back from those situations that will define you. You have obstacles you must go through. The easy thing for me to tell that 17-year-old kid would be to avoid it all. But that's not the right thing to do. The experiences you go through in life make you a better person."
Jay-Z and Beyonce attended the 2012 Sportsman of the Year with LeBron James and Savannah Brinson.