It's good to be the King.
Not just in Akron. Not just in Miami. Not just in the United States.
In the entire world.
According to Tim Reynolds, writing for The Associated Press, LeBron came out on top of the global ranking of jersey sales, finishing up a top 10 that also includes Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard (the Los Angeles Lakers version), Deron Williams, Blake Griffin and Rajon Rondo.
It's an accomplishment that "means everything" to the MVP:
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. 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.
Over the last few years, LeBron has completed a worldwide tour of excellence that is virtually unmatched throughout the lengthy annals of NBA history. He's won two league titles, two regular-season MVPs, two Finals MVPs and an Olympic gold medal for good measure.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that this personable athlete at the top of his sport is selling jerseys faster than anyone else. Although I suppose a shoutout to Derrick Rose is necessary after he finished in the top five without playing a single game.
This is just further proof that no player in the Association—not even Kobe—is more beloved than LeBron right now. Over the summer, ESPN's Darren Rovell wrote about a national poll that voted the Miami Heat superstar as the most popular NBA player, but the methodology was limited and flawed.
There's nothing wrong with the method here. It's just more evidence that the world currently belongs to LeBron, and we're just living in it.
Now he just has to earn the respect of the incoming rookie class.