The landscape of the NBA was changed forever when Lebron James made the historic announcement on ESPN, in July, to the tune of a 7.0 TV rating, that he’d be taking his talents to the sunshine state, Florida. Miami Heat basketball went from the team that use to have Shaq and Alonzo to one of most talked about franchises in the history of sports.
Overnight becoming a love or hate them situation. The Miami heat had gained notoriety as a team of the ages like the Yankees and Cowboys of their respected eras, despite the fact that they hadn’t played one NBA game together.
However, the three were instrumental in bringing back the gold medal to the USA basketball team in 2008, known as the Redeem Team, a play on the coined term for their predecessors The Dream Team that featured Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan.
With training camp about to start, the three individually accomplished superstars, Bosh, Wade, and Lebron have one thing on their mind and that is to win a championship.
It’s hard to argue that the league won’t benefit immensely from the selling power of this trio for the foreseeable future. All three of the superstars are still under 30 years old, in their prime is a gross understatement. As we all know, the NBA is a business, and the marketing behind the group has been stellar thus far.
The Heat will be on national television 15 times this year. Sporting broadcasts that cover basketball are sure to open every night with what happened in Miami.
Numbers don’t lie, the average ticket price is over five hundred dollars for their season opener against the Celtics, in Miami. Their jerseys are absolutely flying off the rack, sky rocketing sales for the NBA that were already on the up tick over the past few years.
The NBA as a whole is setting up to be funner than it has been in a long time.
Carmelo Anthony brought the nuggets into the playoffs last year along with Billups. It will be interesting to see how much they’ve improved in the off season.
The young Bulls led by break out star Derrick Rose are going to be tough contenders in the east. They also have Joakim Noah who plays as hard as any player in the league and is really coming into his own.
Celtics have picked up Shaq in the off season, one has to imagine if they had Kendrick Perkins or Shaq in the NBA finals a couple months ago, the outcome may have been different.
The Jazz have acclaimed guard Deron Williams who was simply invisible during the regular season. With Al Jefferson on their team, the Pacific division is shaping up nicely.
Lakers have showed themselves to be the best team in the league two years in a row with Phil Jackson and Kobe locked in for next year, they are an inevitable contender, doubting their hunger for that three peat is a mistake.
Magic still have a rising superstar Dwight Howard that has proved to be this generations dominant center. Jameer Nelson is also an under the radar type of point guard and Jason Williams resigned to back him up.
Mavericks are surely going to have a strong regular season again with all their big players returning. Dirk Nowitzki is still one of the best players in the league that is unlikely to change anytime soon. Future hall of famer Jason Kidd is still averaging impressive numbers even though he is getting up there in age.
Kevin Durant and the Thunder are clearly a scary team.
Amare Stoudemire would like to shake things up in the East and certainly is capable of doing so with the Knicks.
The Suns are still led by future hall of famer Steve Nash and have great veterans like Grant Hill that are always reliable.
It’s just setting up to be an exciting year.
Adidas is the official on court sponsor of jerseys for the NBA. That is why all of the jerseys are manufactured by them.
Once again a special thanks to our new affiliate Basketball Cheap for the outstanding list that is by no means definitive. This is a list of what we expect to be the top selling jerseys for the upcoming season and is not a rank of the players, by any means, that is a debate for another time.
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