There's only a few weeks left in 2010, which means it's almost time for Time magazine to unveil their famed "Person of the Year." Now, just because Time named "you" person of the year in the 2006 it doesn't mean "you" get a say in the actual choice. That's for the editors to decide, thank you very much. Though for page view and promotion reasons they are asking readers to select there person of the year in an online poll. Among the attention-getting options: LeBron James.
The annual award is giving to the person or group who "for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year." Here's the mag's reasoning to consider LeBron.
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.
The poll just went up, so LeBron is tied for last with 0 votes. In the lead so far is creepy WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. You can also choose from such luminaries as Lady Gaga, Glen Beck, the Chilean miners, and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.
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