Larry Bird, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Larry Bird among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Larry Bird is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the basketball player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 10/07/2020 : 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 54-year-old basketball player, as a 2020 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:

“#BirdPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 9 Jul 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveLarry”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 9 Jul 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Larry Bird?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 9 Jul 2020

Could 2020 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 2020 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?

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