LeBron James still had the top-selling NBA jersey per Dick’s Sporting Goods’ latest report and the King remains the hottest basketball commodity overseas in China for his Cleveland Cavaliers uniform.
Additionally, the Cavs forward’s 2018 NBA All-Star uniform sold for a whopping $90,102 as part of the annual NBA All-Star gear auction. It’s the second highest ever behind only that of Kobe Bryant, whose All-Star jersey in his final season went for north of $100,000.
James icy white jersey more than doubled that of the second highest jersey — Golden State’s Steph Curry’s, which sold for $40,002 — of the showcase. Next in the pecking order were Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook ($40,000) Houston’s James Harden ($35,020) and Golden State’s Kevin Durant ($20,020).
James’ jersey received 37 bids during the auction, which took place on Feb. 20, two games after the All-Star contest.
Cleveland’s star was a captain for the game as the league opted for an alternate format of choosing how teams were comprised.
Team James wound up erasing a three-point deficit in the final frame win, 148-145. James led the way with a near-triple-double performance, pouring in 31 points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out eight assists in 31 minutes of game play.
For those numbers, he was named the All-Star of the showcase, his third such award and first since 2008.
James has been an All-Star 14 times in his career, his rookie season being the only campaign in which he missed the ballot.
Expect LeBron’s jersey sales to stay up in the stratosphere during the summer, as there’s a chance he’ll suit up for a brand-new team come the 2018-19 season, which would only send that fan base into a splurging frenzy.
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