LeBron James still has the NBA’s best-selling jersey.
The Miami Heat star topped the list of most popular jerseys this season, and it’s the sixth time he’s had that distinction. With James at No. 1 and teammate Dwyane Wade at No. 7, the Heat also had the top spot on the team-merchandise list.
Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City is No. 2 on the league list, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and New York’s Carmelo Anthony.
On the team-sales list, following the Heat were the Lakers, Bulls, Thunder and Knicks.
The NBA announced the rankings Thursday, based on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the season.
FEAR NONE — LeBron James was standing at his locker and chatting a few days ago when the conversation turned to which teams out there the Miami Heat might fear entering these playoffs.
James quickly gave his answer. “We respect all,” James said, “but fear none.”
With those words it became obvious: Even after a regular season that seemed boring at times, and was reduced to a sputter at the finish, the Heat have no lack of confidence as they head to the playoffs. They’re bidding for a third straight title, something only three franchises have done. And they’re seeking a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals, something only the Celtics and Lakers have accomplished.
Miami opens at home against Charlotte on Sunday afternoon in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series. Miami is the No. 2 seed in the East.
BYNUM STILL OUT — Top-seeded Indiana won’t have Andrew Bynum for its first-round series against Atlanta. Coach Frank Vogel said that he believes the Pacers’ oft-injured center could still work his way back for the playoffs. But he won’t be available for the first round, which opens Saturday in Indianapolis. The Pacers signed the free agent in February with hope he would add depth behind All-Star center Roy Hibbert.
Bynum finished with eight points and 10 rebounds in his debut but he hasn’t played since March 15 because of a sore right knee.