LeBron James, Lakers surpass Steph Curry, Warriors in NBA merchandise sales

LeBron James, Lakers surpass Steph Curry, Warriors in NBA merchandise sales

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LeBron James and the Lakers had a tumultuous season that ended with them missing the NBA playoffs. But that didn't stop people from buying a lot of gear.

LeBron had the No. 1 selling jersey and the Lakers were No. 1 in merchandise sales during the 2018-19 regular season, the NBA announced Thursday.

Steph Curry ranked No. 2 on the player list and the Warriors were No. 2 in merchandise.

The two-time NBA MVP and Golden State were No. 1 the prior three years.

Kevin Durant was No. 4 a year ago, but he fell to No. 8 this time around. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green both slipped out of the top 15.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys
1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
4. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
5. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
6. James Harden, Houston Rockets
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
9. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
10. Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia 76ers
11. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
12. Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
14. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
15. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

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Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Boston Celtics
4. Philadelphia 76ers
5. Milwaukee Bucks
6. Chicago Bulls
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Houston Rockets
9. Toronto Raptors
10. New York Knicks

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Colin Cowherd offers wild LeBron James-Kevin Durant Warriors comparison

Colin Cowherd offers wild LeBron James-Kevin Durant Warriors comparison

We're in that four-week period where it's a complete dead zone for all things NBA.

Free agency has wrapped up, stars are bailing on Team USA training camp, Steph Curry is busying stomping on internet trolls and perfecting his long-iron game on the golf course. So, what is there to talk about in the NBA world on July 22?

Have no fear, basketball fans, Colin Cowherd is here.

The popular FOX Sports radio host has been known to rip off an odd take and quirky comparison from time to time, and he July is the prime time to unleash those.

When discussing the similarities and differences between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Cowherd pointed to KD's exit from the Warriors as a prime example of how the two stars differ.

Confused? Me too.

According to Cowherd, has James been a member of the Warriors alongside Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, he would not have decided to leave because he has "too great of a sense of himself and too great a sense of history in the league" to leave the Warriors while Curry, Thompson and Green still are in their primes.

I mean, that's just like your opinion, man.

Durant leaving the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets was an odd decision but one that wasn't all that surprising. After winning two NBA titles with the Warriors, the superstar reportedly wasn't as happy as the Dubs thought he would be. There were constant whispers about Durant's insecurity with the Warriors being Curry's team and not both of theirs. So the departure honestly was expected.

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As for the comparisson with James, if we've learned anything about the three-time NBA champion, it's that he -- like Durant -- will do whatever he wants to do when it comes to his career.

How NFL executive compares Tom Brady to Steph Curry for this similarity

How NFL executive compares Tom Brady to Steph Curry for this similarity

Steph Curry and Tom Brady have each won multiple championships and multiple MVP awards.

Steph Curry and Tom Brady both have deals with Under Armour.

Steph Curry and Tom Brady starred in their own docu-series on Facebook Watch (Stephen vs the Game, Tom vs Time).

And Steph Curry and Tom Brady are similar in a very specific way, as one NFL executive told Mike Sando of The Athletic:

“You can try to find something. Brady is like Steph Curry. The first quarter might look like crap, but you’d better have a big lead because when it comes to nut-cutting time, he is going to make it happen.”

Translation: They are terrifying to the opposition and you can't ever count them out.

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Curry has been doubted his entire life and loves when people say he can't do something. Nobody thought he would change the game of basketball forever.

Brady entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick and nothing was guaranteed. Nobody thought he would become the greatest quarterback ever.

Sports are cool.

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