SBD/October 30, 2013/Franchises

Heat Receive NBA Championship Rings, Highlighting Back-To-Back Titles

Heat championship rings from Jostens feature black onyx and diamonds
The NBA championship ring Heat players and officials yesterday received "highlights the consecutive championship with two Larry O'Brien trophies set in 14-karat yellow gold nestled on top of a brilliant black onyx stone, framed by the words 'World' and 'Champions,'" according to Craig Davis of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The two basketballs in the trophies are "set with round-cut diamonds." The right side "features the player's name, 2013 and a trophy encircled with 'Back to Back.'" The body of the trophy and the basketball are "set with black onyx." The bottom of the trophy "has the team's motto 'Sacrifice' in Chinese." On the left side are "three NBA championship trophies set with 53 round diamonds" representing the franchise's '06, '12 and '13 titles." The ring "weighs 135 grams and a total of 242 round-cut diamonds, 1.5 carats of custom baguette-cut diamonds, and three black onyx stones totaling 10.3 carats." An NBA spokesperson said that a "boost in sales was expected after the championship merchandise was seen" during last night's Bulls-Heat season opener. The gold-lettered adidas jerseys the Heat wore "won't be worn again, and are among 10 special jerseys the team will roll out for selected games this season." The gold-lettered jerseys "sell for $120, the special warm-up jacket featuring the Larry O'Brien trophy is $160 and a championship cap $28." The Heat also "offered their fans a chance to put a championship ring" on merchandise as well. Rings cost fans "anywhere from $318 to $5,808, depending on whether you opt for the $10 cheap commemorative ring or the $5,500 ultimate fan ring with diamonds." The championship ring collection from Jostens "went on sale at and in the concourse at AmericanAirlines Arena immediately after the ceremony" as well as at the Jostens website (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 10/30).
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