The NBA announced recently that Dwyane Wades jersey is its top seller in Europe, which, considering how many European players are spotting up and shooting on American courts these days, could be considered a minor coup. Also among the top 10 were a Spaniard (Pau Gasol), an Italian (Andrea Bargnani), and two Frenchmen -- Tony Parker and Boris Diaw -- to mention only a few who have crossed the pond.
If jersey ownership is a sign of attempted sympathy with a player, then it stands to reason that the best-selling Europeans jersey is that of Parker, whose reigning champion San Antonio Spurs will close out the Miami Heats preseason schedule. Wade may have graced the cover of GQ, but Parker is no slouch as a mainstay on those self-involved pages. Hes married to the shimmering Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives. Oh, and last season he scored more than 20 points a game in the playoffs and became just the second point guard since 1990 to be named Most Valuable Player in the Finals -- so he can hoop too. See Parker (and maybe, in the stands, Longoria) at the American Airlines Arena tonight at 7:30. Tickets start at $10.
Tue., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2007