The NBA was quick to jump on Kobe Bryant's 81-point night against the Raptors three weeks back. But they weren't the only ones. Terapeak, a company that tracks eBay transactions, notes that Bryant items spiked dramatically after the game.
As for the Raptors, they were losers in so many more ways than one:
EBay auctions in the week following the game for the Toronto Raptors had a 60% decrease in total sales from $15,317 to $6,388. The average price decreased by 44% from $88 to $50. Raptor fans also stopped buying team merchandise in droves as there were 50% less bids than the week before.
I'm waiting for the Chris Bosh bobbleheads to hit the market, along the Rob Babcock autographed, officially licensed Rafael Araujo commemorative draft night
plaques doorstops. That ought to reverse this tide.
And on to a reminder: the windows will be open until Thursday morning as we count it down to the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Houston. A Latrell Sprewell bobblehead to the randomly-drawn entrant who gives us their 10 additions to the NBA's 50 Greatest list.