|(NBA) LeBron jersey a global hit, Rose top-seller in China
LeBron James has the world's best-selling NBA jersey. And Derrick Rose (pictured in Hong Kong) is the best-seller in China.
The Miami Heat star and four-time league MVP tops the NBA's global list of jersey sales for this past season, according to numbers released Tuesday. James _ who also has the top-selling jersey in the United States _ outsold Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Heat teammate Dwyane Wade for the No 1 spot, AP reports.
James said having the world's top-selling jersey “means everything'' to him.
“To know that so many people look up to me, so many kids, that's what means more than anything, that I continue to inspire the youth and they look at me as a role model,'' James said after learning the news at Heat training camp in the Bahamas. ``I understand, when you wear someone's jersey, you actually like believe in them. You believe they can do supernatural things. It's like an extension of our family and I really appreciate that.''
The league unveiled the rankings _ based on Adidas' global sales for the past season _ just three days before the start of NBA Global Games 2013, which include eight preseason games in seven different countries, then regular-season games in Mexico City on December 4 and London on January 16.
Many of the top names on the global-sales list _ including Rose, Bryant and Durant _ are on teams taking part in this season's international matchups.
Carmelo Anthony is sixth on the global-sales list, followed by Dwight Howard (his now-former Lakers jersey), Deron Williams, Blake Griffin and Rajon Rondo to round out the top 10. In spots 11-15 on the global list are Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett (his now-former Celtics jersey) and Joe Johnson.
In US sales, James is followed by Rose, Bryant, Durant, Anthony, Wade, Howard, Williams, Griffin and Rondo.
Despite missing all of last season with a knee injury, Rose had the top-selling jersey in China, Latin America and Europe. James had the top-seller in the Philippines.