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Jersey barrier

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  April 28, 2010 02:30 PM

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As Jay-Z once said, "I don't wear jerseys. I'm 30-plus." But it's interesting to note that the Celtics-Lakers rivalry extends to the retail racks.

The defending NBA champion Lakers were hoops haute couture, the NBA announced. The league store and its online counterpart sold more Lakers merchandise than any other team, with Kobe Bryant's No. 24 the top-selling jersey in the league.

Bryant serves as proof that Ben Roethlisberger can be redeemed in the eyes of fans for his alleged sexual misbehavior. He just might have to change his number.

The Celtics were second in NBA apparel sold and had two of their Big Three in the top 10 of NBA jersey sales -- Kevin Garnett was third and Paul Pierce was eighth, one spot ahead of Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant.

Lurking just outside the top 10 at No. 11 is Celtics guard Nate Robinson, who probably earned the ranking from his days with the Knicks.

That just proves that the popularity of jersey sales is only slightly less scientific than the fan voting for the NBA All-Star game. 
 
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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