LeBron James set the NBA world by storm last year when he decided during the offseason that he was going to join the Los Angeles Lakers for four seasons. The Lakers are one of the most popular teams in the entire league and LeBron is the most popular player. Merging the two together was always going to create quite the spectacle and that's exactly what happened this season. Unfortunately for both parties, the team was unable to make the playoffs this season after finishing 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 37-45.
Despite the unsuccessful season, the popularity of James and the Lakers never waivered. According to Bleacher Report writer Howard Beck, the NBA released its top-selling player and team jersey list and the Lakers and LeBron topped both of them.
When it came to the player list, LeBron was joined in the top five by Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokoumpo, Kyrie Irving and Joel Embiid. As for the team merchandise list, the Lakers were joined by the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Milwaukee Bucks in the top five.
Of all of the players in the top 10 for jersey sales, LeBron is the only player who did not make the playoffs.
Kemba Walker Won’t Commit To The Hornets: "I Want To Win"
Walker is a free agent this summer.
This Summer's NBA free agency cycle will prove to be an interesting one as a plethora of stars will become free agents. They will be tasked with choosing which team they want to sign to next and all NBA fans will be glued to their phones, anxiously awaiting updates on whether or not their team got themselves a franchise player. One of the big name free agents this summer is Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets just barely missed the playoffs this season which isn't good enough considering Walker says he wants to be a contender.
"I want to win; I want to win," Walker told the Charlotte Observer. "That's something that I'm going to have to really sit down and think about with my family, with my agent, with the people closest to me in my life that will help me make that decision."
Walker explained that he wants the higher-ups in Charlotte to provide him with some talent that can help the team become a legit contender. Until the happens, Walker won't be committing to anyone.
"I'm not sure," Walker told NBA.com when asked if he'd be back with the Hornets. "I have a long time to even start thinking about that stuff. Me and my agent, my family, we will discuss that stuff when the time is right."
This season, the Hornets finished 9th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-43.