The King is back on top. The Miami Heat’s LeBron James has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the National Basketball Association’s best-selling jersey list. The reigning NBA finals’ MVP is back in the position he last held in April 2011.
This is the third time James has finished in the top spot on the most popular jersey list, which is released twice a year.
The current list is based on sales at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and on NBAStore.com from April 2012 through Nov. 26, 2012.
James, who was previously ranked fourth on the best-selling list, takes the top spot from injured Chicago Bull Derrick Rose, who falls to number five. The Oklahoma Thunder’s Kevin Durant, coming off his first NBA finals debut in June, jumps from the eighth spot to No. 2. Rounding out the top five is Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, who has had the top-selling jersey six times and the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony.
Former undrafted D-Leaguer Jeremy Lin cracking the list at No. 2, beating out the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and his teammate, Carmelo Anthony. That’s taking into account the fact that Lin jerseys didn’t even hit the market until mid-February and the sales ranking started in April 2011. But when Lin did start lighting it up for the New York Knicks, boy did the masses buy his gear. Not only did New Yorkers embrace “Linsanity” but people around the world inspired by the Harvard graduate’s rise to fame also bought his jersey. And one can’t discount his Asian heritage helping things along, driving international sales to NBAStore.com and other retailers.
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Athletes are bigger, better, faster, and/ or stronger than the rest of us, and some of them almost achieve the superpower of flying. The pros perform on a larger than life scale, and many live that way as well. In the interest of gawking at eye candy, we’ve gathered more than a dozen of those athlete mansions and houses, including more than a few in the Miami area. These homes’ square footage ranges from a relatively modest 6,000 to a positively palatial 28,000.
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