*Man, how times have changed. Up for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year are unlikely candidates: LeBron James and President Barack Obama.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the Miami Heat player seemed a bit embarrassed when he learned that he was one of the final 25 names on the list for the award.

The award will go to the person who ‘has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

“I am who I am and I think I’m in a position of my life where I’m going to get better every day,” James said after Miami wrapped up its practice Monday. “But it’s too much.”

Among the host of interesting candidates include Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Glenn Beck, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Chilean miners who spent more than two months underground before being rescued are also on the list.

“That’s just crazy,” James said. “What those guys did, the courage and what they stood for, I should be nowhere near that list. Nowhere near it.”

We shall see next week who the winner is.