Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  32 responses

LeBron James Has the Top-Selling Jersey in the NBA

The public may have supposedly turned on LeBron post-”The Decision”, but the people who buy jerseys have no problem repping him on their backs. USA Today reports: “Maybe LeBron James is not as unpopular as some fans think he is. The Miami Heat superstar has passed Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers to take over the No. 1 spot on the NBA’s best-selling jersey list this season. The list of most popular jerseys is based on sales at NBAStore.com. James damaged his image when he used ESPN’s nationally televised TV special, The Decision, to publicly dump his former club, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and home state fans in Ohio for the bright lights of South Beach. But King James’ image could be rebounding based on sales of his No. 6 Heat jersey. It’s the first time in seven years James has grabbed the top spot. Bryant’s No. 24 jersey has had a stranglehold on the No. 1 spot since the the beginning of the 2008-2009 season. In another surprise, Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics has cracked the Top 3 for the first time. Five Celtics stars — Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Shaquille O’Neal — rank in the Top 15 best-selling jerseys. That’s the first time five players from the same club have made the list. Rookies John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, rank Nos. 10 and 11 respectively.”

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  • http://www.sunlustxxx.com RunNGun

    Just wondering how this is news…

  • http://nba.com gp23

    Damn!! no derrick rose ?

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I wonder how many jerseys are sold outside of NBA.com. I know thats not the first place I would look if I were going to purchase one.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam


  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Shout out @ Philo

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    @gp23, click the link, Rose is in 5th place.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    of course he’s number 1, dan gilbert uses them as kindling for his fireplaces

  • T-Money

    as i’ve been saying since last summer, lebron james damaged his image to nba journalists, internet bloggers/commenters, and clevelanders. nobody else cares – especially nba fans outside of north america. i should re-read some of the articles from last july saying that he had permanently damaged his brand, just for the laughs.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    which would mean something if cats still bought jerseys

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    cmon man be real. his jersey is the top seller because ppl who buy jerseys already had the other 1s. lebron has a new team and new # so ofcourse that would be the top seller. just like when kobe switch from 8 to 24 ppl had to get the new kobe jersey.

  • http://www.freerice.com freerice

    yeah what just bcuz said

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Fans are so fickle.
    “First they love you then they hate you then they love you again”


    Bandwagon fans helped push LeBron to the top!

  • Eddie

    Engimatic don’t trust just bcuz. He’s part of the illuminati. It hurts me to say it man. It hurts me deeply. Stay away just bcuz. Illuminati rearranged history and took away our fondest memories of the game’s best play during his early formative years.

  • bull22

    wow lebron, amazing crappy the nba has gotten..
    i guess you can be a quitter, and arrogant and foolish and still have number one jersey, thank goodness i would not pay 2 cents for your jersey and neither the fans in cleveland who burned them…..

  • mj23

    shut up man dont say a word he is already a hall of famer of basketball and you what?a hater great acomplishment
    LBJ the best guy in what he does playing basketball not being humle every superstar is cocky so be quiet

  • Eddie

    Anybody know why they put out this headline? Could it possibly be because Kobe said that ish to the ref yesterday? Why publicize this ish now? David Stern…ILLUMINATI.

  • Anthony

    @eddie what lol i doubt stern is down

  • feez22

    @bull22 seriously… your lebron hate followed by derrick rose LUST (not love but complete LUST) is sickening. you bash lebron for being arrogant yet d-rose comes out with arrogant comments the whole entire year and he’s humble… definition of a delousional homer. basically you are equivalent to an 07-08 laker fan POST PAU. enough said.

  • http://Slamonline.com Hossy

    D stern is definitely illuminati. He runs the NBA like a fascist government. He will insure the NBA is a part of the NWO

  • Eddie

    Hahah feez22 just put bull22 on blast. Nah but seriously leave the kid alone. He’s going to be crying once the first round is over just like he has the past few years.

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Finally Kobe is out.. He is so gay and stupid.. It shouldnt say Bryant on the back it should say Ball hog

  • bull22

    @eddie nah man, iam already use to these jokers bs. feez22 must not read much, there is a difference between arrogance and confidence. derrick is confident but he has been singing same song all year long, “we have not done nothing”…. funny how haters remember our first round exits but have a selective memory on everything else..

  • http://firespo.com KING

    Lebron please get out of miami I don’t like you being on my team

  • http://slamonline.com bull24

    wow lebron, amazing crappy the nba has gotten..
    i guess you can be a quitter, and arrogant and foolish and still have number one jersey, thank goodness i would not pay 2 cents for your jersey and neither the fans in cleveland who burned them…..
    who cares?

  • Liam (in Australia)

    @Karley “Finally Kobe is out.. He is so gay and stupid” What? If you don’t have anything intelligent to say then please don’t comment.

  • will

    rondo over rose smh

  • hoodsnake

    As an individual he has the best stats and is the most amazing talent in todays game. Well deserved and I hope the Heat make a deep playoff run

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Considering he got a new # and team, not surprising. His brand is damaged, to say otherwise is foolish. The only question is how damaged is it? He doesn’t have nearly the # or $ of new endorsement deals as one would have expected, he’s added ‘quiter/LeQuit’ and ‘Robin” as common nick names and IF the Heat when the championship, more negative talk about him chasing a title will overshadow the fact that he has a ring. Also, consider how the media has ‘determined’ that D-Rose is MVP even when LeBron has clearly had the better season. You would expect there to be at least a legitimate ‘MVP race’ but instead it feels like Rose has it locked up already. All this said, LeBron will still make several million this and next few years with his off-the-court affairs. But he won’t make as much as he could have if he handled the Cleveland situation better.

  • http://slamonline ser

    lebron over kobe are u serious!!!!!!!!!!kobe still the best in all aspect of the game and endorsement. the nba has always best on lebron he is not deserving i would like to see derick rose der!!!!

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