Jimmy Butler, three time NBA All-Star player, has been voted as an All-Star starter for 2017 season. On his selection as an All-Star starter for 2017 season, he briefed a conference stating, “Obviously, it's a huge accomplishment and honor to be named a starter.” Dwayne Wade, his Chicago Bulls teammate, who finished second and sixth respectively in fan and media voting, congratulated him on tweeter stating, "@JimmyButler Congrats on the AllStar starter nod. Well deserved!!! I know you don't do it for the attention but SMILE. It's a good thing!"
The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. Currently, the NBA consists of 30 teams, 29 from the United States of America and one from Canada. The NBA has quite an international viewership that natural comes with a large economic mass. Due to its immense popularity, NBA players are the world's most paid sportsmen, by average annual salary per player.
Michael Jordan is still by far the most popular name in the game basketball today. On their website, the NBA has even gone as far as to state, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time”. This living legend started his NBA career in 1984 when the Chicago Bulls picked him as the third overall draft pick in the first round of that year’s draft. He quickly emerged as a star player and a great crowd entertainer thanks to his prolific performance on the basketball court. His famous slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, amassed him the popular nickname “Air Jordan”. Sports apparel giant, Nike, recognized his superb performance and made him a brand ambassador for their new Air Jordan sneakers in 1985, which are still extremely popular today.
The fascination with collecting sport memorabilia often starts for sentimental reasons. Collecting sports memorabilia is more than just a hobby and people are starting to see it as more of an investment. The hobby of collecting sports memorabilia usually depends upon a particular sporting interest of the collector. The taste of the collector may lead them to different types of memorabilia such as baseball, basketball, football, golf, and hockey among other things. However, basketball memorabilia remains as one of the most attractive items since it began in the early 20th century.