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Lakers Receive NBA Championship Rings Before Season Opener

Lakers' Ring Features 16 Diamonds For Each Of The Team's NBA Championships

The Lakers received their NBA Championship rings prior to their regular-season opener against the Rockets last night at Staples Center, and the rings have “two small gold trophies on their front, symbolizing the Lakers’ back-to-back championships,” according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. TIMES. The rings, made by jeweler Jason Arasheben, include “16 diamonds, one for each of the Lakers’ championships, and on the underside a small piece of leather from a basketball used in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.” The Lakers’ logo is “in between the trophies, spread across a gold-and-diamond basketball.” Lakers Senior VP/Business Operations Tim Harris: “When you look at this ring, you should immediately say, ‘That’s a championship ring for the Lakers,’ as opposed to, ‘That’s a championship ring, but for what team?’” (L.A. TIMES, 10/27). ESPN L.A's Dave McMenamin reported an estimated 60 rings were “handed out to the nine remaining Lakers players from last season, plus coaches, front office members, owners and support staff.” Harris said that the “two requirements for the ring were that it had to be unmistakable in representing the Lakers brand and it had to be big.” Harris: “It has to be big, it has to be large.” Each player’s ring “features a 3-dimensional sculpture of his face, an upgrade from the laser-cut faces of the 2009 rings.” The cost of the rings was not disclosed (ESPNLA.com, 10/26).

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: Lakers G Kobe Bryant was the last player to be introduced during the team’s ring ceremony prior to last night’s game, and he addressed the crowd, saying, "None of this is possible without the greatest owner in the history of team sports. So I want everybody to give it up for 'The Man,' Mr. Jerry Buss, who started everything." NBA Commissioner David Stern addressed the crowd earlier, standing at mid-court with Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations Jeanie Buss. Stern noted the Buss family has taken the Lakers to 16 NBA Finals during their 31 years of ownership. Stern: “Congratulations to everybody here, but particularly to the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers" ("Rockets-Lakers," TNT, 10/26).

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