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Bryant's jersey remains top seller in China

By Official Release
Posted Oct 8 2009 9:06AM

NEW YORK -- Reigning NBA Champion Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, had the top selling NBA jersey in China during the 2008-09 season, marking the third consecutive season he has topped the list. Bryant, who also had the top selling jersey in the United States and Europe this past season, was followed by LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers who moved up five spots after winning the 2008-09 NBA Most Valuable Player award presented by Kia Motors.

China's Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets ranks No. 6 and Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets ranks No.10. Anthony and the Nuggets tipped off NBA Games 2009 today against the Indiana Pacers in Taipei and the two teams will meet again in Beijing on Oct. 11.

Several rising NBA stars are gaining recognition in China and made the top 15 including Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls - winner of the 2008-09 Rookie of Year award presented by Kia Motors, and two-time NBA All-Star Brandon Roy of the Portland Trailblazers. Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs is ranked No. 13 and is the first European player to make the list in China.

The 2008-09 rankings are based on sales from official NBA Stores in China this past season. adidas is the official on-court uniform and apparel provider of the NBA.

2008-09 Top Selling Jerseys in China
Rank Player
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
4. Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
5. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
6. Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
7. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
8. Allen Iverson, Denver Nuggets/Detroit Pistons
9. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
10. Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
11. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
12. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
13. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
14. Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
15. Brandon Roy, Portland Trailblazers

NBA Games 2009 between the Nuggets and Pacers marks the fourth set of NBA preseason games played in Greater China. The NBA has 21 marketing and promotional partnerships in China including multi-national and Chinese companies. NBA games and programming can be seen via 51 television and digital media outlets, and fans can watch one live game per day on NBA.com/china.

2007-08 Top Selling Jerseys in China
Rank Player
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
3. Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
4. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
5. Allen Iverson, Denver Nuggets
6. Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
7. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
8. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
9. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
10. Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
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