The Celebrity: LeBron James
Why He Should Have Been Included: King James has transcended the world of basketball and turned himself into a pop culture figure with a story that'll live on years from now. The Decision alone captivated the country last summer and forever changed the way the NBA and other professional sports leagues will operate.
What He Can Do To Make Sure He Makes It Next Year: Win an NBA title this summer and put himself in the position to do it again next year while making million-dollar deals off the court and turning himself into a bonafide mogul. That should help him make another appearance on the TIME list (he made it back in 2005) and give his critics something else to complain about.