Larry Bird, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Larry Bird among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-informed source, Larry Bird is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the basketball player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 20/09/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Bird for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 53-year-old basketball player, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Bird so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the basketball player have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘West Baden Springs Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in West Baden Springs (Larry Bird's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the basketball player was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Larry Bird Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 19 Sep 2019
“Congrats! Larry has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 19 Sep 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Larry Bird?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 19 Sep 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Larry Bird?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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