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LeBron James back on top, King of NBA jersey sales again

Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami Reuters

The deepest of LeBron James haters didn’t want to hear it but we were telling you this from the day after the decision — win a ring and the public perception of him would change.

He’s got a ring, a gold medal from London, he was the NBA regular season and finals MVP — and now he is back on top of the mountain as the most sold NBA jersey.

The NBA released the names of the top 15 player jersey sales from and at the NBA Store in New York and your winner was once again LeBron, who had been on top twice before in Cleveland but had fallen some in the wake of “the decision.”

The rest of the top five shouldn’t shock you, although it’s good to see Rajon Rondo moving up the list, ahead of guys like Dwyane Wade and Blake Griffin. Also note that all three of the Lakers biggest stars (sorry Pau Gasol) made the top 15 list.

Here is the top 15:

1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
6. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
7. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
8. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
9. Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
10. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
11. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
12. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
14. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
15. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

By the way, the top five teams in terms of sales were the New York Knicks in first, followed by the NBA champion Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics.

The new look Brooklyn Nets are up to seventh on the list.

  1. thekingdave - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Because he won a ring? No, just even the most deranged Lebron haters figured out holding a massive grudge for longer than 2 seasons was excessive.

  2. lakerchuy - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    no doubt you have to give props to LeBron for earning his title and awards. but c’mon kurt, are you really gna make this generalized headline based only off of the sales of the NBA store???? then again, im talking about Kurt here… FYI, there are just a few other places on the planet that people buy Jersey’s from Kurt.

  3. asublimeday - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Nobody doubted how many fair weather heat fans would pop up. Gotta buy a jersey to seem like a real fan.

    • lakerchuy - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      same goes for bulls “fans”. people who jocked jordan for 6 years… and haven’t watched basketball since. all of the sudden people with no connection to shitcago are sporting Rose Jerseys and Bulls hats, thinkin they were going to win a title again.

  4. doublezero74 - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Shocked Rondo is so high on list. I love his game but he’s usually thought as the third or fourth best pg. good stuff

    • nycalldayz - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      What you or some might consider of Rondo, others don’t. As far as Rondo being third or fourth best that is up for debate.

  5. xjokerz - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM


  6. omniusprime - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Queen LeBoring James proves that old sage saying of an American philosopher from over 100 years ago, “No one ever lost money underestimating the taste of the American public” Just goes to show that over 100 years after this sage saying was penned Americans are more disgusting than ever in their tastes. Sad that we Americans are devolving instead of evolving but how else to explain tea baggers.

    No Kurt you’re not sorry about Pau’s jersey not selling well, you’re the jerk who keeps pushing Gasol trade rumors everyday you can. A shame that Ancient Injured Nash is outselling Pau who is actually playing. Nash has been a total failure, I was against trading for this ancient over-the-hill garbage point guard hoping for the Lakers to bring in a great young point guard who can play defense.

    Kobe Rules!!!

  7. cantonbound13 - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Kurt must have blown a load after he found out

  8. cantonbound13 - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    If you’re a guy older than 16 wearing a basketball jersey & not playing in a game, you are sad & most likely not getting any.

    • dko83 - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Some people like/love/show their support for their teams differently. Your sweeping generalization is pretty off base. It’s equivocal to saying, if you play video games past the age of 20 you’re a nerd and you don’t get any. Come on, man.

    • lakerchuy - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      haha. touche! at least i dont wear basketball shoes! at 30 yrs old, i dont expect to take part in a spur of the moment pick up game. ill sport my jersey, but leave the sneakaz to kids and guys that actually play still. dig the sarcasm though. too many people like to play Captain Obvious and take everything so literal on this site

  9. reupjosh - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I’m siding with @cantonbound13 on this one… And yes, if you’re playing video games past the age of 20, you most likely are not getting “any.”

  10. paulhargis53 - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    So, you guys are saying that lakerluver/bozosforall wears a jersey, basketball shoes and plays video games?

    Wait, he’s getting some, just not from females. Nevermind,carry on.

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