LeBron James Has the Top-Selling Jersey in the NBA

by April 13, 2011

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.”