The Los Angeles Lakers quietly became the first American sports franchise to accumulate 11 million Facebook fans. Bryant's team isn't just tops among NBA teams; Hollywood's favorite basketball squad leads all North American sports franchises when it comes to the social network.
The Lakers actually rank fourth worldwide, trailing European soccer powers Manchester United, Real Madrid and the king of Facebook, FC Barcelona, which has 23,128,028 fans.
It took the Lakers just three years to leave all the other sports franchises in the cyber dust. The Boston Celtics, owners of 17 championships, have "only" 5,636,135 fans, according to Sports Fan Graph. LeBron James' Miami Heat and Derrick Rose's Chicago Bulls are next on the list.
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