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James, Antetokounmpo lead NBA jersey sales

DECEMBER 03: Lebron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on December 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are Kings of the NBA — at least in the most popular jersey list.

According to the NBA and the NBA Players Association, James and the Lakers secured the top spots on the league’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists, respectively, for the second year in a row.

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks claimed the second spot while Golden State’s Stephen Curry locked in at number three.

Luka Doncic took an impressive sixth spot in the 15 most popular jerseys in only his second year with the Dallas Mavericks.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, despite not having played a game in the regular season so far, also managed to barge into the list at the 15th spot.

When it comes to team merchandise, the Boston Celtics ranked second behind the Lakers while defending champions Toronto Raptors soared into the top five for the first time ever.

With the addition of Kryie Irving and Kevin Durant to their roster, the Brooklyn Nets got back into the top 10 in team merchandise sales for the first time since 2014.

Irving and Durant also ranked in the top 15 in jerseys at 10th and 12th, respectively.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry to have his jersey retired in February by Villanova Basketball

Kyle Lowry will have his No.1 Villanova jersey retired in February.

Arguably the greatest Raptor of all-time will be immortalized by his alma mater.

Kyle Lowry’s No.1 will be hung in the rafters at Villanova at halftime of the Wildcats’ game against St John’s on Feb. 26th.

“Kyle brought a toughness to our program that everyone has had to live up to in the years since. We’re so proud of all his basketball accomplishments, but mostly the man, father and husband that he’s become,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in a release.

Lowry was instrumental in the Wildcats winning 52 games and embarking on two deep NCAA Tournament runs in his two seasons at Villanova. (2005 NCAA Sweet 16 and the 2006 NCAA Elite Eight)

He averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 assists shooting 44.4% from three in his Sophmore year, which turned out to be his final season at Nova.

His Nova resume includes being named 2005 Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year, Big East All-Freshman team (2005) and an All-Big East nod in 2005-06.

Since then he’s gone on to be named a five-time NBA All-Star, All-NBA honours in 2015-16 and was the heart and soul of the Toronto Raptors championship run in 2019.

Do uniforms play a role in college football recruiting?

Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke was the first of three standout quarterbacks to come out of Pinnacle High School.

The 1995 Rose Bowl featured an Oregon Ducks team that hadn’t played in the storied Pac 12 title game in 37 years.

That improbable leap forward for the football program changed how the college football community saw their sport for years to come.

After the Ducks’ 1994-95 season, former Oregon track runner Phil Knight, a founder of Oregon-based Nike, got involved. Not only did he donate money to the school, he invested in making the football uniforms more exciting and attractive – not just for fans, but for recruits in high schools across the country.

The uniforms sported new logos, cleaner designs and an extensive wardrobe of alternate uniforms, some of which weren’t in Oregon’s school colors, yellow and green.

The school’s recruiting saw a lift, too. Since Knight got involved, the Ducks have gone to three more Rose Bowls (winning twice) and two National Championships, and they’ve won two Fiesta Bowls. Oregon football has been much better than it was before Nike’s drastic changes.

Today, Oregon has a new uniform combination every week, and these innovative threads are in the spotlight every Saturday. Many other teams have followed suit.

The University of Maryland has been collaborating on standout uniform schemes from Under Armour, which is headquartered in Maryland. The most notable change was incorporating the Maryland state flag into the design. Both Nike and Under Armour declined comment for this story.

Arizona State University has also been incorporating the state flag in uniforms for the past few years, taking the field each week with a new combo. Leading up to every game day, uniform reveals are huge for Sun Devil Nation, and the hype around college football uniforms is higher than ever in 2019, experts say.

The Arizona State Sun Devils have mixed things up in recent seasons, alternating between the old-school Sparky and the modern trident, and wearing black in addition to the traditional maroon and gold.

Adam Gorney, a national recruiting analyst for Rivals, one of the top recruiting analysis sites, has been looking at the recruiting process both before and after the advent of these uniform changes. Uniforms have a substantial effect on recruits choosing which program to play for, he said.

“I think uniform combinations and having all of that kind of stuff is definitely one factor in many factors in recruiting,” Gorney said. “There’s a reason why when kids go on visits, the new big thing is to take photoshoots in all kinds of uniform combinations. It’s to sell those recruits, but also to kind of influence other kids who are scrolling through social media to kind of follow along.”

Previously, he said, visiting recruits would tour the university and its facilities, meet with representatives of the academic center and talk with the coaching staff. Then they’d choose the program best for them.

Social media and its attention to appearances, however, has changed that process, Gorney said.

“When kids are on campus now, it’s all about getting photoshoots done, hyping them up, and getting them interested and excited about the direction of the program and where it’s going,” he said.

The photoshoots, he said, “not only help with that kid, but they help with driving your social media presence online, where I notice maybe one big-time kid is on campus, and then many other elite recruits are commenting or liking on social media, and so they’re seeing that too and kind of want to be a part of it.”

Not every program has made the switch to these modern uniforms, however. In fact, several legacy programs have stuck with their traditional ways and seem to have no difficulty recruiting.

For instance, Alabama arguably is the best in the nation at recruiting, Penn State still does well and Oklahoma continues to attract top recruits. Despite the fact that, by today’s standards, these programs’ uniforms are “boring.”

Their history and iconicism give their threads respect. As Gorney said, they’re unlikely to accept the trend toward snazzy.

“In big games, you don’t see USC changing their uniforms,” he said. “Penn State had a throwback uniform a few weeks ago, and honestly, the fan base kind of resisted it and wasn’t too crazy about it. They wanted to go back to their old thing.”

Some coaches are conservative in trying to retain their program’s identity. The coaching staff will always play a role in this uniform preservation.

HOCKEY HALLOWEEN CONTEST DETAILS AND IDEAS

Halloween is just around the corner and coming up with a costume can be hard but when you come up with something creative and fun, it can pay off. We’re looking to make it pay off to have the most creative Hockey Halloween costume with our latest contest! All you need to do is post a picture to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram wearing your most creative hockey-themed costume and hashtag #CHHalloween to enter! It can’t get much easier to enter than that. The winners will be picked on November 1st at noon. The prizes are as follows:

1st Place: FREE hand-stitched Customized NHL Adidas Adizero Hockey Jersey

2nd Place: $50 CoolHockey Gift Card

3rd Place: $25 CoolHockey Gift Card

To help you get your creative juices flowing, we’ve listed some of our favourite costumes we’ve seen!

Don Cherry

A classic costume of one of hockey’s most iconic personas, all you need is a crazy suit and a goatee! Don Cherry is a Canadian hockey legend and makes for a great Halloween costume!

Zamboni Costume

This is one of the best I’ve seen. Luke Fanella, is a massive Hawks fan who was born with muscle atrophy, requiring him to use a wheelchair. That didn’t stop him from showing his passion for his team on Halloween. With some help from his parents, Luke create a legendary Hawks-themed Zamboni costume!

The Hanson Brothers

Another classic costume with very few ingredients! A Chiefs jersey, glasses, and a luscious flow and boom you’re one of the Hanson brothers! Any hockey fan can instantly recognize the iconic Hanson brothers from Slapshot and will make for a great conversation piece at any costume party.

Stanley Cup and Champion

If you and your significant other can’t decide on your couples costume this year, we highly recommend going as a Stanley Cup and Champion! Just throw on your favourite jersey and have your partner wear silver and you’re set! It’s an easy yet awesome costume for any hockey couple to coordinate.

Gritty

One of the most terrifying things on the planet belongs to the Philadelphia Flyers in the form of their mascot, Gritty. No one is really sure what the hell Gritty is, but we all know not to mess with him. If you’re looking to go the scary route with your Halloween costume, dressing up as Gritty requires a Flyers jersey, some orange yarn, and giant googly eyes.