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LeBron James, candidate for Time's Person of the Year (it's been that kind of year)

By Cindy Boren

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.

Bad decision.

"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.

By Cindy Boren  | November 15, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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If you give it to James, I hope he gives it back to Time in duplicate...and not telling where!

Posted by: jbeeler | November 15, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

LeBron for self-absorbed greedy pig of the year!

Posted by: amstphd | November 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Lebron for quitter of the year! He punked out in the finals. No serious player would ever "disappear" like he did. Even guys that play for free would not punk out like he did and he makes 100K a game!

Posted by: jackson641 | November 15, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Forget for a moment that I don't recognize half the names on the list (and I'm not un-read), why would LeBron James be on a list of finalists? Is he that important to the world, or make such an impact that he affected mankind? Even in all of sports, is he important enough or have enough impact that he affected major outcomes? Even if his new team wins a championship, his impact won't be felt for several years or for several championships. One and done, on a team with multiple "superstars" isn't that big a thing, even if you don't win.

Now, can someone tell me why Lady Gaga (whoever she is) is on the list as a finalist for person of the year? Is she really that important or significant or make that much of an impact on the world? I understood years ago choosing a John Glenn or and FDR or an Ayatollah Kohmeni or a Stalin. I understand choosing "the U.S. Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Marine, or the American factory worker perhaps. I understood choosing a Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, or a Jonas Salk. But LeBron James or Lady Gaga? Have we really sunk that low in people of impact or people we look up to? Have we?

Posted by: Dungarees | November 15, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

What a creep. He can't even use good English.

Posted by: camper3 | November 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Are you seriously out of your F'n mind?

Posted by: overed | November 15, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Person of the Year? I really can't believe he's being considered. Blows my mind.

Posted by: giggity1 | November 15, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

James' alleged problem with the media is a reflection of his immaturity. As a member of the Cleveland Cavs he was completely protected by the organization and cuddled by the press. Stay tuned for more of the James with his Nike in his mouth.

Posted by: ronaldbanig | November 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

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