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LeBron James reacts to being named to Time’s ‘Most Influential People’ list

LeBron James took to Twitter Wednesday night to say he is “honored and humbled” over his inclusion in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019, the fourth such time he’s made the list.

James may be sitting on the sidelines in the NBA postseason for the first time since 2005, but being included on Time’s esteemed list demonstrates how influential the superstar can be — and how he can generate headlines — even without being on the court.

In his tweet, James expressed his gratitude and made sure to make note of the kind words expressed by Warren Buffett, a fellow honoree.

Buffett’s praise centered on James’ opening of his I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, last summer, which has been hailed as a tremendous success.

“LeBron has justified the adulation of millions and millions of young people, thanks to his ability to live up to enormous expectations on the basketball court, his business successes in Hollywood and media, and his new I Promise School for disadvantaged kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio,” Buffett, a longtime friend of James, wrote in Time. “That adulation will make a positive difference in their lives…. [Y]ou’re just seeing the start of LeBron.”

James previously had been praised by Barack and Michelle Obama for his efforts and dedication to the I Promise School.

The recognition by Time means the Los Angeles Lakers superstar joins the likes of fellow four-time honorees George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and George Clooney, among others, as noted by Cleveland.com.