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Published November 29, 2012
YOU LIKE ME, YOU REALLY LIKE ME: James has the top-selling NBA jersey, and CBS Sports Network’s Doug Gottlieb said because of that, James “must be the most-liked player in the NBA.” CBSSN’s Allie LaForce disagreed with that statement, saying buying James' No. 6 jersey is a "safe bet." LaForce: "People buy jerseys because, No. 1, they're going to look good. Number two, they're not going to have to sell their jersey in a year because this player is going to be horrible a year or two from now. It’s a safe bet.” Gottlieb: “You know why he’s the most-liked player? He’s the best and he won, and people want to be associated with a winner.” LaForce: “That doesn’t mean they like him as a person.” Gottlieb: “You don’t know these guys as a person. … People buy jerseys because the team wins and because they're the best. Period, end of story” (“Lead Off,” CBS Sports Network, 11/28).