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SBD/October 31, 2012/NBA Season Preview
Heat NBA Championship Rings Feature 219 Diamonds, Three Onyx Stones
Published October 31, 2012
FLASHY OR CLASSY? In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy writes, “I wish Red Auerbach had been in South Beach to comment on the Heat’s hideous handling of the hardware. It was truly ridiculous.” The trophy and the rings were “hidden by a circular red curtain dropped from the overhead scoreboard,” as four police officers “stood guard in front of the precious metal.” Shaughnessy: “Excuse me. Didn’t these guys win a championship in 2006? Whatever happened to ‘act like you’ve been there before’” (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/31).
ON SECOND THOUGHT: In Cleveland, Jodie Valade reports Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert "in hindsight ... regrets" the “infamous letter” he wrote to fans following LeBron James' decision to sign with the Heat stating the Cavs would win an NBA Championship before James would. Gilbert said, "Looking back now, that probably was not the most brilliant thing I've ever done in my life." Valade writes, “Particularly now that James is collecting his first ring for winning the NBA championship in June.” Gilbert: "If you're going to predict something that doesn't happen and you're going to do it publicly, you'd for sure take it back. When that happened, when they won, it was the end of the end of the end of that whole thing. Now there's nothing more to talk about” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 10/31).