Time Magazine hit newsstands this week with the U.S. cover featuring Kim Jong Un, the young newly crowned leader of North Korea, who Time dubs Lil’ Kim. The same cover appeared in Europe and the South Pacific. But in Asia, the phenomenon known as Linsanity took the cover with Kim Jong Un relegated to the inside of the mag. Yes, Jeremy Lin after starting a grand total of five games for the New York Knicks made the cover of Time.
Lin, of course, made the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. He made the non-swimsuit edition at least with the swimsuit issue featuring a curvier Kate Upton. SI makes sense, but Time? Is Linsanity really that big?
Kobe Bryant has never been on the cover of Time. Same goes for Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning and just about every other active athlete in professional sports today. LeBron James made the cover as part of Time’s preview of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The Olympics are one of the only times that Time puts a sports subject on the cover with Bode Miller, Michael Johnson (twice) and Carl Lewis making the cut.
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