Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  4 responses

LeBron James Has the Best-Selling Jersey in the World

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James tops Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant in global jersey sales, according to the NBA. James’ shirt is also the number one seller in the USA. Per the AP: James said having the world’s top-selling jersey ‘means everything’ to him. ‘To know that so many people look up to me, so many kids, that’s what means more than anything, that I continue to inspire the youth and they look at me as a role model,’ James said after learning the news at Heat training camp in the Bahamas. ‘I understand, when you wear someone’s jersey, you actually like believe in them. You believe they can do supernatural things. It’s like an extension of our family and I really appreciate that.’ The league unveiled the rankings — based on Adidas’ global sales for the past season – just three days before the start of NBA Global Games 2013, which include eight preseason games in seven different countries, then regular-season games in Mexico City on Dec. 4 and London on Jan. 16. Many of the top names on the global-sales list — including Rose, Bryant and (Kevin) Durant — are on teams taking part in this season’s international matchups. Carmelo Anthony is sixth on the global-sales list, followed by Dwight Howard (his now-former Lakers jersey), Deron Williams, Blake Griffin and Rajon Rondo to round out the top 10. In spots 11-15 on the global list are Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett (his now-former Celtics jersey) and Joe Johnson. In U.S. sales, James is followed by Rose, Bryant, Durant, Anthony, Wade, Howard, Williams, Griffin and Rondo. Despite missing all of last season with a knee injury, Rose had the top-selling jersey in China, Latin America and Europe. James had the top-seller in the Philippines. To James, finishing atop these rankings further signified how things have changed since he made his decision to sign with Miami in 2010 after spending the first seven seasons of his career in Cleveland.”

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  • TV63

    Wait You guys just BRAGGED 2 months ago it was Carmelo that had top sales in the United States.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “‘I understand, when you wear someone’s jersey, you actually like believe in them. You believe they can do supernatural things.”

    don’t get carried away.

    also, joe johnson top 15? who knew? or maybe that is just prokhorov buying all those

  • price

    You can really only buy what is available. If you live in the major city in the US you can buy probably any team jersey as long as the player is popular or an NBA team’s 1-2 punch, a la Duncan and Parker or Durant and Westbrook. I live in Canada but far from T dot, there are no Raptors Jerseys. There is always Lebron, Rondo, Kobe, Rose and Durant, sometimes Blake Griffin, and Melo that’s it. There was also the exception of Lin when he was in New York.
    If I live in a major city in North America and I only have a selection of 5 or 6 NBA stars to choose from, I’m sure it’s less of a choice in smaller countries around the globe so it’s really not a surprise that Bron’s Jersey is number 1, also he is a two time champ, and the best in the league.

    Plus most Miami fans are sheep.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    True but anything can happen when your government shuts down.