Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls are closing in on the leagues best record for the second consecutive season, and based on sales at the temporary NBA Store and NBAStore.com from April 2011 to the present, they rank number one in NBAs most popular jersey and team merchandise.
The leagues reigning MVP skyrocketed from number five to the number one spot for the first time in his career and helped the Bulls reach the top spot in merchandise sales for the first time since April 2001.
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Rose is followed by New York Knicks Jeremy Lin (1 for regular season Dec. 2011 to present) , and then preceded by Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, Miami Heats LeBron James and New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony.
Following the Bulls among the NBAs most popular team is the New York Knicks at 2, the Los Angeles Lakers at 3, the Miami Heat 4 and the Dallas Mavericks at 5.
Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys: Top 10 Most Popular Teams
1. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls 1. Chicago Bulls
2. Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks 2. New York Knicks
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. LeBron James, Miami Heat 4. Miami Heat
5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks 5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat 6. Boston Celtics
7. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks 7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder 8. Los Angeles Clippers
9. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers 9. Denver Nuggets
10. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics 10. Orlando Magic
11. Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks
12. Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
13. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
14. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
15. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Not on last years list.
Antoine Griezmann, you just won the World Cup, what are you going to do next?
Apparently, profess his love for Derrick Rose.
In the celebrations of France winning the World Cup on Sunday, French forward Griezmann spotted his teammate Paul Pogba getting interviewed by FOX Sports. Recognizing this was the American audience, Griezmann took the mic from FOX's Jenny Taft and had one thing to say:
"I love Derrick Rose."
Griezmann, who scored a goal in France's 4-2 win against Croatia in the final, is a big NBA fan. He has been spotted at multiple games over the years, including Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Cavs.
This also isn't the first time he has made a comment about D-Rose. He recently signed a contract extension with his club team, Atletico Madrid, but a year ago said the only way he would leave was to play with Rose.
"I would only leave Atleti to play with Derrick Rose," Griezmann said through translation.
In 2015 he posted an image of himself in a Derrick Rose Bulls jersey to his Instagram.
Later that year he took in a Bulls game and got a photo with Joakim Noah.
Maybe when the 27-year-old is ready to leave Europe, he will join a Major League Soccer team just so he can watch more NBA games.
UPDATE: Rose tweeted congratulations to Griezmann.
The Bulls ‘rebuild’ seems to be just a one-year experiment after the team signed Chicago native Jabari Parker to a two-year, $40-million dollar deal on Saturday. Although on first look Parker’s contract would seem to restrict what they can do in free agency next summer, the reality is that the 2nd year team option gives the Bulls plenty of flexibility with—or without- Parker next year.
If the Bulls pick up the option on Parker, they will still be able to sign a max free agent next July if they make the right moves between now and July 1, 2019.
The NBA projects the 2019-20 cap will rise to $109 million, up from $101.9 million for the upcoming season. The league bases a ‘max’ salary on years of service. A 10-year vet like Kevin Durant is eligible for more ($38.2 million) than his teammate Klay Thompson ($32.7 million), an 8-year vet. If the Bulls keep Parker, they’ll enter free agency with approximately $15.4 million next summer—far short of the cap space needed for a player like Durant or Thompson, but that number is misleading. The $15.4 million also includes cap holds (salary slots assigned to a player based on several factors including previous year’s salary). The cap hold is designed to prevent teams from completely circumventing the soft cap model the league uses. The cap holds for Bobby Portis ($7.5 million) and Cameron Payne ($9.8 million) are just theoretical if the Bulls don’t sign either to a contract extension before the October 31, 2018 deadline.
Let’s say the Bulls are in line to sign a star free agent like Thompson; all they would need to do is rescind any qualifying offer to Payne or Portis, and then renounce them as free agents. This would effectively take the cap holds off the Bulls’ cap sheet and give them approximately $32.7 million in cap space. Coincidently (or perhaps it’s no coincidence), that’s the exact salary a 7-9 year free agent like Thompson would command.
In order to create enough space for Durant and his increased ‘max’ slot, they would need to waive and stretch a player like Cristiano Felicio or incentivize a trade involving a player by attaching another asset in the deal, like a future 1st round pick.
If the Bulls decline the team option on Parker, then they will enter free agency with anywhere between $35 million and $53 million.