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Kobe Bryant's Nike signature shoes second in domestic sales

May 23, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Power 106 radio host Big Boy, left, Kobe Bryant, Nike's Jeff Spanks and Erick Goto at the unveiling of the Kobe 8 shoe, shown at far right, in Los Angeles.
Power 106 radio host Big Boy, left, Kobe Bryant, Nike's Jeff Spanks… (Nike Inc. )

Over the last year, LeBron James sold significantly more shoes in the United States than Kobe Bryant.

James sold $300 million worth of his Nike signature shoes domestically, according to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.com.

Bryant was second on the list at $50 million for his Nike signature shoes, followed by Carmelo Anthony's Jordan brand ($40 million) and Kevin Durant's Nike ($35 million).

Dwight Howard's Adidas brand shoes brought in $5 million, on par with John Wall's Reebok shoe.  Derrick Rose, with Adidas, sold $25 million in the United States.

While Bryant's shoes have dipped over the last year, he's the NBA's biggest star in China. His shoes also sell "briskly" in Asia.

Bryant has been with Nike since 2003 after making the jump from Adidas.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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