Forbes has spoken: LeBron most powerful baller

by Zettler Clay

This may come as a shock, but umm, LeBron James is enormously popular. So much so that Forbes gave him the coveted highest ranking of any athlete in its recent Celebrity 100 issue. OK, not exactly. Tiger Woods is still the top athlete in the 100 (12). Since I won’t allow you to refer to a golfer as a baller in the strict sense, the title of this post retains its accuracy.

LeBron sits at 15, raking in a cool $53 million in 2011. Kobe Bryant is the next highest-ranked hooper (27). And that rounds out the NBA’s representation on the list, which is based on an amalgam of income, television/radio exposure, how exhaustive often they’re covered by the press and their online and social capital.

These criteria are vague and interrelated enough — the line between press coverage and television exposure crosses quite often — but I won’t gripe. If you want to spend the next few minutes of your life arguing that ‘Bron isn’t more popular than Beyonce or Tyler Perry, be my guest.

This should come as some consolation to the newly-crowned MVP, who as you may have heard, is confronted with certain occupational challenges at the moment.

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10 Comments

  1. Baller says:

    As a European I am amazed, that Donald Trump is more popular than Lebron James. Isn’t he that douche that claimed Obama wasn’t even an American and wanted the President of the United States to publish his birth certificate?

  2. cherrypopper says:

    he’s more likely the “most sissy baller”

  3. bull says:

    NO QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HIS A GOOD KID! AND IT REALLY SHOWS.. POPULARITY AND INCOMES.. DONT ASK WHY AND JUST SHUT-UP!!

    • Dan'o says:

      LBJ is a physical phenom with a high basketball IQ. His only lack, I believe is a killer instinct. When I hear him interviewed, his responses reek disingenuously of someone uttering words he thinks a champion would say. I have nothing against him personally (or as a player), but I do hope that the formula of instant-rings-via-free agency doesn’t succeed.

      • Buxo says:

        Maybe in OKC next year, with KD, RW, iBLCK… this way he could try that “not one, not two,…., not seven”

  4. Talib says:

    king james!

  5. JOHN says:

    THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT LBJ IS THE MOST POWERFUL ATHLETE IN THE NBA NOT ONLY IS HE THE BEST PLAYER BUT ALSO THE MOST POPULAR REGARDLESS WHETHER U HATE HIM OR LOVE HIM HES ALWAYS IN A CONVERSATION WHAT PEOPLE FAIL TO REALIZE IS THAT THIS GUY HAS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE CONSTANTLY TALKING ABOUT HIM GOOD OR BAD ONLY A REAL SPECIAL PERSON HAS THE CAPABILITY OF BECOMING SUCH A TRENDING TOPIC U ALL KEEP HIS NAME ALIVE SO THNX EVEN FOR THE HATE FACTS STILL REMAIN HES ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!!

  6. Michael Jordan says:

    This is to all the Nay Sayers coming directly from the former king of basket ball yea i said former theres a new KING! of basketball i think we all know him as KING JAMES this kids extremely special an we all known that since before his arrival in the NBA he is def living up to some of the most ridiculous HYPE of alltime but thats what the great ones do he will possibly be a billionaire athlete if people can stop with the hate an learn to appreciate become a WITNESS of Greatness

  7. BEEZY-B says:

    LETS KEEP IT REAL HERE LBJ IS THE BEST PLAYER OF HIS TIME

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