LeBron James Beats Kobe Bryant in One Category—Jersey Sales
2011 has seen LeBron James already upset Kobe Bryant in one department...selling jerseys.
The NBA released the list of top selling jersey since the beginning of the season today and LeBron unseats Kobe for the first time since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season.
The reasoning behind this turn of events is pretty easy to figure out. James switched teams and landed in a city that had to get his new jersey. He also changed his number from 23 to 6.
Bryant on the other hand, has been 24 for a while now and I'm sure half of the state of California already has a Kobe jersey.
Surprisingly enough, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo ranks third on the list. Not so surprisingly, two Knicks round out the top five.
Amare Stoudemire signed a free agent contract in July and had been a fan-favoirte in the "Big Apple" ever since. Carmelo Anthony has been in New York for less than two months and still makes the list. We'll assume 95 percent of his jersey sales during the season were from New York fans. The city of Denver stopped supporting the antics of 'Melo a long time ago.