LeBron James, candidate for Time's Person of the Year (it's been that kind of year)
LeBron James of the Miami Heat is one of 25 candidates for Time's Person of the Year award and the only athlete, unless you count the Chilean miners because one of them finished the New York City Marathon, on the list.
That sounds great, right? Well, yeah. Except that so far, and reader voting just began, James is next to last.
The only nominee he's beating is that BP oil-spill guy, Tony Hayward.
In other News of the LeBron World, he invoked the name of a wide receiver who is playing for his third team this season (and it isn't even Thanksgiving) when he was asked to clarify and amplify remarks in which he seemed to be questioning the number of minutes Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra was giving him and Dwyane Wade.
"It got blew up out of proportion, saying that I told coach Spo that he's playing me too much and he's a bad coach," James told Mike Wallace, the one on ESPN. "You kind of understand sometimes what Randy Moss was talking about when he said, 'I will not be answering any more questions.' Because every time I say something, it gets turned out of character."
Everything is cool with Spoelstra, James said.
"You never want to get to a point where you say something, and it catches you from behind, or the coach says something and you say, 'Wow, I didn't know nothing about that,' " James said. "That's something [playing time] that me and coach had talked about two days before the Boston game, and it's something we will figure out as a collective group. The open form of communication is always important in this game, because you don't want to get to a point where you're talking through the media."
Which, of course, he said through the media.
| November 15, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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