LeBron jersey is the best seller among NBA gear

NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James is at the forefront of fashion -- at least among those who believe they look dapper wearing an NBA jersey.

James (pictured, right) had the No. 1-selling jersey, and fellow rookie Carmelo Anthony was No. 2 in sales this season at the league's Web site and its retail store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the NBA announced Thursday.

Kobe Bryant, who had last year's No. 1 selling jersey, dropped to seventh place behind James, Anthony, Stephon Marbury, Tracy McGrady, Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan.

Also dropping out of last year's top five were Michael Jordan, who retired, and Paul Pierce, who fell to 17th.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets, which both changed their uniform designs for this season, moved from the bottom third in overall sales into the top 10. The Los Angeles Lakers had the best-selling team merchandise.

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