The award, given by the Los Angeles Sports Council, honors "the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year." The council will also name a sportswoman, coach, and sports executive of the year.
Previous L.A. sportsmen of the year are: USC's Matt Leinart (2005); the Clippers' Elton Brand (2006); the Galaxy's David Beckham (2007); the Lakers' Kobe Bryant (2008); and the Lakers' Pau Gasol (2009).
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