Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers Championship Rings Feature Kobe Bryant Tribute

 On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers received their 2019-20 championship rings before kicking off their 2020-21 season against the Clippers.

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Due to COVID-19, the ceremony went on without fans in the stadium. "These are obviously highly unusual times and a very different ring ceremony without fans," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, per Fox Sports. "To the Lakers fans, there are usually 20,000 people here, So we'll make it up to you."

The huge rings, which were designed by Jason of Beverly Hills with help from Don C have 804 stones, 15.50 carats of yellow and white diamonds, and .95 carats of Laker purple amethyst stones for a total weight of 16.45 carats. The rings contain the heaviest total carat weight in NBA championship history and are, unsurprisingly, the most expensive. The massive rings also feature tributes to the late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, the Orlando bubble the NBA played at during the previous season, and much more.

The Kobe tributes comes in the form of a Black Mamba snake behind players' jersey numbers. It also features both of Kobe's jerseys, No. 24 and No. 8, under a removable top. Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and 7 other passengers, died on Jan. 26, 2020 in a helicopter accident. 

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