John Paul? Adolph? LeBron? Charles? . . .
Which one of these men has no place on a Time Magazine Person of the Year List?
(BLEEP) (BLEEP) LeBron James
November 28, 2010
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By: O. J. Cunningham
I read recently that LeBron James is on the short list for Time Magazine's 2010 "Person of the Year.
You heard me . . . And yes, just so there's no misunderstanding, it's THAT LeBron James. The NBA guy that left the Cleveland Cavaliers and went to play with his hot-shot buddies in Miami -- hoping to find an easy way to win an NBA title rather than spend time and effort trying to build a better team in Cleveland.
This has been considered by many to be very bad form.
Research shows that Time Magazine began "Person of the Year" back in 1927 with aviator Charles Lindbergh and most recently selected Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernake in 2009.
In previous years, Time Magazine has recognized everyone from Pope John Paul II (1994) and Amazon.com founder Jeffrey Bezos (1999) to the likes of Joseph Stalin (1939) and even Adolph Hitler (1938). Here's the 2010 Complete List.
Obvious 2010 Selection: LeBron James . . . RIIIIIIIIGHT! . . .
If LeBron James is "so great" and is being considered for Time Magazine "Person of the Year" honors . . . Why is it that every time I see a headline where LeBron's Miami Heat have lost another NBA basketball game . . . I feel so good about it . . . even giddy?
But one thing is sure . . . I don't think LeBron should be anyone's "Person of the Year" and to take it one step further, I want the Miami Heat to have nothing short of a losing season.
Nothing could make me happier . . . unless I started to hear (sometime in January 2011) that LeBron's newest teammates Wade or Bosh . . . or, for that matter, even LeBron (himself) wanted to be traded because . . . "It just wasn't working out."
CNNSI's Michael Rosenberg wrote recently: "When James left Cleveland to form a "superteam" with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he wasn't just giving Cleveland the finger or toying with us on national television. He was telling us that the entire enterprise doesn't matter -- the struggle, the connection with a city, any of it. The spoils are all that matter."
I couldn't agree more with Rosenberg.
Back in the 1960s . . . Professional teams built winning organizations through the annual draft. Certain star players were always the "cornerstone" or "anchor" of the team. And the organization worked hard to get better every year. So the players worked harder, practiced harder in an effort to win "next year."
Al Kaline (for example) was a Detroit Tiger. But more than that, he was "Detroit." Kaline epitomized the purity of the game . . . reflected in the competition between his city (Detroit) and cities like New York, Baltimore and Minneapolis.
I can't imagine Kaline calling Mickey Mantle or Yogi Berra or Brooks Robinson . . . and saying . . . "Hey Yogi . . . You and me and Mick and Brooks should get together either in Detroit or New York and put together a kick-$#&*# team so we can beat those pesky Dodgers in the World Series."
Man of the Year . . .?
LeBron James . . .?
MIAMI HEAT: 35 Wins . . . 45 Losses . . . Now there's something to put on Time Magazine's cover.
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O. J. Cunningham
O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of MyBayCity.com. Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.
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