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LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

Posted on: November 15, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 4:56 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Since you're a former TIME Person of the Year winner, I assume you'll find this interesting.

TIME's Person of the Year award is something pretty prestigious and something that's definitely newsworthy. Especially when probably the biggest name in professional basketball is one of the nominees. And also especially when the reasoning behind his inclusion doesn't have really anything to do with what he achieved on the court.
The reputation of LeBron James, still the best all-around basketball player on the planet, took a huge hit this summer because of The Decision , the unfortunate ESPN spectacle in which James dumped his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on national television, all in the name of charity. Yes, The Decision , which followed a year of intense speculation about where James would land, decidedly stunk.

But we watched it. And talked about it. And debated whether coddled professional athletes like James owe their hometown fans anything more than years of success, even if falling short of winning a championship. As James teams up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, all eyes are still on LeBron.
Currently, in the public voting, LeBron is sitting 23rd out of the 25 nominees, ahead of Hamid Karzai who is Afghanistan's possibly corrupt leader and Tony Hayward, BP's embattled CEO. So LeBron's evil of "The Decision" sits right alongside the devastating oil spill and Middle Eastern politics. Good to know!

The fact LeBron is on the list is nothing but fascinating though. The way "The Decision" has absolutely captured the attention of everyone , even months after its airing, is genuinely amazing. I mean, look at some of those names LeBron is on there with. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama, the Chilean Miners, Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, Sarah Palin, Mark Zuckerberg - it's pretty wild.

LeBron's response to it has been on point too: "That’s just crazy,” James said. “What those guys did, the courage and what they stood for, I should be nowhere near that list. Nowhere near it.”

Time including LeBron as a nominee is definitely an interesting take. Parnter Sports Illustrated has its Sportsman of the Year honor it hands out each year, and while LeBron is likely a candidate, one prominent SI writer has already said the award deserves to go to the guy many consider the anti-LeBron for exactly the opposite reasons TIME has nominated LeBron. And honestly, a good case can be made for both.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:23 am

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

Lepippen is nothing more than the anti-thesis of this award.  But, what do you expect from a liberal rag like Time.  Why not put Whoopi Goldberg, the Behar goat, Rosie Odonnell, Rachel "I have a set of balls" Maddow, and Keith "I don't have a set of balls" Olbermann on the list as well.

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:14 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

Shouldn't somebody who's actually done something get this type of recognition?  It's not enough that he has the worlds biggest ego, or that he'll never have a true legacy of his own, but he's a single player on a team sport.  You're right Lebron, you should be no where near what others have done in the game of basketball.  You are not a king of anything. (except the group of yes men you roll around with) You've been in the spotlight since you were 15, and anyone who has ever met you face to face has said the same thing, "he's so full of himself".  Even if you win a title with the Heat, it will be forever tarnished by "the decision". 

As for this stupid article in Time, they should just make up a new one for worlds biggest ego 2010. 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:22 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

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Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:18 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

Shouldn't the list be "TIME EGO of the Year".  Then Lebron, Lady Gaga, Obama are a fit.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 2:46 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

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LaBron James is about as significant as Mr. MaGoo. It’s no wonder that your circulation has gone down from 4.1 million in 2003 to 3.4 million in 2009. With continued cerebral decisions like this I am sure your southern route to distinction is inevitable.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:38 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

There are so many people (and many athletes) in this world who are selfless and act in a manner that makes EVERYONE around them better. Those are the people who belong on this list. The people who are creating a legacy that will live long after they are gone and be about others....not ME.
I'm a huge Detroit Tigers fan and one guy comes to mind.  Brandon Inge of the Tigers is heavily involved in children's hospitals all over Detroit and the surrounding area and other children's charities where he consistently volunteers his time and his money.   He goes into hospitals all season long and lets very sick kids sign their names on his arms and then goes out and tries to homer for them.  He says if writing on him makes the kids happy then he's happy to do it. And on those nights when he hits a home run the kid that recently signed his name on Inge is a pretty happy kid.  The guy helps kids that are deathly ill on a regular basis.


Since: Jun 19, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:26 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

I don't know why people keep saying this is an honor or an award.  They gave it to Hitler in 1938, Stalin in 1939 and  in 1979.

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:13 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

Uhh...hey richyriches. LeBron LeLoser has given himself TWO nicknames!!!  He is the self annointed "KING" AND "The Chosen One".  King of what???  He aint got no crown.  And Chosen One, what now he's the messiah???  The funny thing about this clown is that he was billed as "the next Jordan" and he isnt event the first LeBron.  Won as many games in the finals as I have and thats isnt changing anyytime soon.  These overrated bums will be out by the second round of the playoffs.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 12:35 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year

If they're going to nominate Lebron, Tiger Woods should have been too!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 12:09 pm

LeBron nominated for TIME Person of the Year


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