Apr 13, 2011, 11:40 AM EST
Apparently, a lot of you wanted a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey.
Sure, you talked about his massive ego and how the decision was handled and how this reflected on him as a person — then a bunch of you went out and purchased a No. 6 Miami Heat jersey.
Which means in one sense — the global marketing sense — LeBron got what he wanted out of “The Decision” and his move to South Beach.
LeBron moved back into the throne on top of the NBA jersey sales list, according to the USA Today. He leapt over Kobe Bryant, who had been the leader the past several years but fell to second (based on sales at NBA.com and at the NBA store in Manhattan).
Often a star changing teams (or in Kobe’s case changing numbers) will spark jersey sales. But with the hit LeBron’s image took surrounding his summer decision and how it was handled, there were questions if he would see the same bump.
He has. LeBron has become a polarizing figure — people love him or hate him but there is no middle ground — but enough of the people who love him are buying jerseys to put him on top.
Maybe the biggest surprise is that Rajon Rondo climbed up the No. 3 spot. He led the way for the Celtics to sell the second most team merchandise, trailing the Lakers again.
- PBT’s Sunday Night NBA Winners/Losers: You may want to try and cover Marc Gasol 3
- Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: “We want him to be 100 percent” for the playoffs 10
- Report: Free agent market for Jeff Green is as strong ‘if not stronger’ than it is for Rajon Rondo 19
- LeBron James: “We’re a very fragile team right now” 49
- Dwight Howard out vs. Mavericks Saturday, no timetable for his return 3
- If Derrick Rose not ready to return by Monday Bulls may add point guard to roster 12
- Another day, another Bulls injury: Taj Gibson out with sprained ankle 11
- Report: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook could return to Thunder lineup next week 11