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Phelps to get special honor from SI at ceremony

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/7/2016
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Michael Phelps poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Phelps will be named Sports Illustrated's "Person of the Year" at a ceremony on Monday, Dec. 12. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Michael Phelps poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Phelps will be named Sports Illustrated's "Person of the Year" at a ceremony on Monday, Dec. 12. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Although LeBron James is getting Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year award, Michael Phelps' phenomenal year won't go unrecognized at an event next week that will celebrate both athletes.

The recently retired swimmer and most decorated Olympian will get a special honor at Monday's event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

"I am honored to be a part of this event recognizing some of the world's greatest athletes, past and present. I look forward to the SI Sportsperson celebration to cap off what has been a truly memorable year for me, and for the sports world at large," Phelps said Wednesday.

Comedian JB Smoove will host the event.

Others being honored include football legend Jim Brown and basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recently honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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