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James tops worldwide jersey sales

By Royce Young | NBA writer

LeBron James is helping produce a sitcom.    (USATSI)
LeBron James is on top of the world again. (USATSI)
LeBron James finished first at something again. Man, this guy just can't seem to catch a break.

The league announced total jersey sales for the 2012-13 season and both domestic and worldwide, LeBron's No. 6 Heat jersey topped the list.

Behind LeBron: Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade.

“To know that so many people look up to me, so many kids, that's what means more than anything, that I continue to inspire the youth and they look at me as a role model,” James said, via the Associated Press. “I understand, when you wear someone's jersey, you actually like believe in them. You believe they can do supernatural things. It's like an extension of our family and I really appreciate that.”

When the league released jersey numbers in April, Carmelo Anthony had briefly overtaken him. But LeBron has reclaimed the spot and as a back-to-back champion, it's clearly his world.

Full lists below:

Global NBA jersey sales for 2012-13 season

1. LeBron James, Heat
2. Derrick Rose, Bulls
3. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
4. Kevin Durant, Thunder
5. Dwyane Wade, Heat
6. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
7. Dwight Howard, Rockets
8. Deron Williams, Nets
9. Blake Griffin, Clippers
10. Rajon Rondo, Celtics
11. Steve Nash, Lakers
12. Chris Paul, Clippers
13. Russell Westbrook, Thunder
14. Kevin Garnett, Nets (Celtics)
15. Joe Johnson, Nets

U.S. NBA jersey sales for 2012-13 season

LeBron James, Heat
Derrick Rose, Bulls
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Kevin Durant, Thunder
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
Dwyane Wade, Heat
Dwight Howard, Rockets (Lakers)
Deron Williams, Nets
Blake Griffin, Clippers
Rajon Rondo, Celtics

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