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Report: NBA store has sold out of LeBron replica Cavaliers jerseys

Jul 20, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Once LeBron James made his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers known, fans couldn’t wait to show their support by re-upping with some new gear — so much so that the NBA store apparently has sold out of its initial supply of replica jerseys.

From Darren Rovell of ESPN:

The says it has now sold out of LeBron replica Cavs home, away & alternate jerseys.

8 of the top 10 items sold during the last week are LeBron Cavs items.

Guessing Cavaliers blank jerseys are in short supply now though Cavs themselves still have jerseys available.

A quick look through the NBA online store shows a “special event” LeBron jersey for sale, although it’s black with gold lettering and comes with the following disclaimer:

“This is a special event item. Orders containing this item will be shipped separately. This item will ship within 2-4 weeks after the player has officially signed his contract and is assigned a number by the NBA.”

That last part isn’t exactly accurate, as players normally choose their number — or, in this case, ask for your help in choosing it.

The site notes that this particular style is “inspired by the jersey given to your team’s newest addition,” meaning this color and style may never be actually worn by LeBron or the Cavaliers on the court this season.

None of this comes as a surprise, of course, because when the game’s best player switches teams, the demand for new merchandise is obviously going to spike. Thankfully for the business side of the NBA, the league has a full three months before the season begins to replenish its supply.

  1. poorlittlepinkus - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    No man over the age of 16 should wear another mans name on his back!
    Just saying…

    • cantonb0und13 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      What happens if it’s a T-shirt jersey? If not that too, then I guess I violated #GuyCode rule #176.

      • poorlittlepinkus - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM


    • tampajoey - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      The bandwagon has no age restrictions. All aboard.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      uh, I would if my son was in the big leagues, nfl, nba etc…

  2. goraidersgospurs - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Replica jerseys suck, gotta have the authentic!!!

    • 6thsense10 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      True…but not everyone has authentic jersey cash.

    • philadelphiafan - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      I always go with the swingman jersey. Its crazy how most of these are still cheaper than an NFL replica nike jersey though smh.

  3. ripdipbob - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I guess all the fans who burned jerseys got new ones. Makes sense

  4. tombstone7 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Same fans who burned his jersey on the way out to SouthBeach…

    • scorp16 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM


    • BrownsTown - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      How many fans were there that did that? I guess probably as many as defaced murals in Miami.

      Having perspective in life is very important.

      • scorp16 - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Perspective? Wasn’t it the Cavs fans that called him the Whore of Akron? Guess cause he’s your Whore again it makes it okay?

      • BrownsTown - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        Actually, that was a (singular) writer….Scott Raab.

        Once again….perspective.

      • scorp16 - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        That was turned into a book which you can still buy on Amazon..wonder what part of the country most books were sold……again… perspective.

  5. soup1282 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Ooooh all 2 people who burned the jersey for some airtime have to get new ones….ha ha ha….hilarious joke. Keep crying Miami.

  6. BrownsTown - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Cavs disgust me. That black and gold jersey is meant for the bandwagon Steeler fans that hop on board when the Cavs are good. We leave the Pens alone, you leave the Cavs alone. That’s the deal!

    • antistratfordian - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Can’t really blame them. What about all the bandwagon Browns fans that jump on board when the Cavs are good?

    • scorp16 - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      looks like the Pens fans got the short end of that deal. At least the Pens have won a few few championships. Actually the Pens have won more championships than the entirety of all Cleveland sports teams over the past 50 years. Cleveland did get close though. But that team had the sense to move to Baltimore before it won a championship. If I were you I’d invest some more in Ravens jerseys and jus say…”yeah well it used to be our team”.

  7. Samantha - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    someone is salty…my guess all you dbags are Heat “fans”. Enjoy watching the Cavs in the post season since the Heat won’t be in it for the next 5 years.

  8. mykulmitch - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    I have a cavaliers jersey. Lebron James, #23. Although I am not a big fan or anything, its still cool to have the original Lebron jersey.

  9. ripdipbob - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Ummm wrong….one mural in Miami and one guy. Nobody crying, nobody cursing, nobody burning jerseys. Miami actually taught all you haters how to act. Miami = City of Champs….has to hurt that LeBron had to leave you to actually win a championship that Cleveland will never have!!

    • BrownsTown - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Nope, the whole city defaced the mural. That’s how these things work, apparently.

      • scorp16 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        Nope. Wrong again. Your credibility is not going in the right direction. Keep trying eventually you’ll get something right.

      • soflasfinest - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Cleveland aka mistake by the lake.

  10. mungman69 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Still a lotta hate here. Miami fans aren’t rioting cause they got a couple of titles and they aren’t real worried about basketball any more. I guess.
    Cleveland hasn’t won anything, anywhere, for fifty (50) years. That’s a loooong, loooong time ago. If the Cavs don’t win a title with Lebron it may be another fifty (50) years until they do.
    Cleveland beware; the Cavs haven’t even played one (1) game yet.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Ahhhhh the good ol’ reliable bandwagoners. As dependable as the sunrise every day.

  12. jrs45 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM


    What if it’s a Yankees jersey? They don’t have names on the back???

    • poorlittlepinkus - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      See, you get it….
      Good boy.

  13. jzone954 - Jul 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Don’t think it’s bandwagoners, seems to be all those who burned or tossed his jersey when he left re uped.

  14. campcouch - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Really. Seeing that there aren’t enough people in NE Ohio to buy all of the jerseys, I’ll go out on a limb and say all the bandwagon fans who were wearing Miami jerseys had to switch. The 8 drunkards on TV burning jerseys didn’t represent everyone, most of us just put them away…besides I’m not burning a $175 jersey for any reason. Besides, still has “authentics” so this is telling me that locals aren’t buying them up.

    • scorp16 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Do you have the one with the little gold patch on the back? Didn’t think so.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    They are already trying to get ahead of the curve of trying to make us believe they were Cavs fans all along.

    Next they will be hitting up Mitchell and Ness for Austin Carr and Mark Price alternate orange jerseys.

  16. mackcarrington - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Well, since the replica jerseys sold out, now they can buy the authentic ones. They can skip the electric and gas bills for a month to pay for them.

  17. jrs45 - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Cleveland fan here in Tampa. Love the Browns Indians and Cavs. I actually watch Browns games at a bar who that has more fans then Bucs fans lol.

  18. seasickcecil - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

  19. seasickcecil - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Duh another tiny brained idiot with mistake by the lake post.

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