Each season, the opening night slate features a home game for the defending champs, which is an opportunity for the team to receive their hard-earned championship rings.
This year, it's the Los Angeles Lakers who begin their title defence on the first night of the 2020-21 NBA season, hosting their in-arena rival in the LA Clippers. With no fans in attendance and enhanced health and safety protocols to follow, it was a ring ceremony like no other. Even though it was different from the norm, it was still a very special moment for the Lakers franchise.
Below, find some of the best sights and sounds from the ring ceremony for the 17th title in Lakers franchise history:
Of course, there's no ring ceremony without a ring. Take a closer look at the Lakers' impeccable jewelry.
This is what it's all about 💍 pic.twitter.com/kZlYMYb93X- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2020
From start to finish. There's nothing like a championship ring. pic.twitter.com/sHylEun1EM- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2020
Designed by Jason of Beverly Hills, the ring has more carats of diamonds than any other ring in NBA history, consisting of 804 stones and 15.50 carats of white and yellow diamonds.
Lakers.com provided a breakdown of some of the details present on the ring.
In a socially distanced ring ceremony, the Lakers' assistant coaches and support staff were presented their rings virtually from frontline workers and medical professionals from the Los Angeles area. Following those special introductions, head coach Frank Vogel and each returning member of last year's roster received special virtual messages from their families, including Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, older brothers of Lakers two-way player Kostas Antetokounmpo.
💍 @AntDavis23's family presents him with his 2019-20 championship ring! @Lakers x #KiaTipOff20 pic.twitter.com/asejiOItAD- NBA (@NBA) December 23, 2020
Finals MVP LeBron James received messages from students at his I Promise School in addition to his three children.
💍 @KingJames' family and @IPROMISESchool students present him with his 2019-20 championship ring! @Lakers x #KiaTipOff20 pic.twitter.com/bmZUJDz1qB- NBA (@NBA) December 23, 2020
It's ring No. 1 for AD.
…and ring No. 4 for LeBron.
Jason Kidd and Frank Vogel
Typically, the ring ceremony culminates with the raising of the championship banner, but the Lakers decided to wait until fans are permitted back into Staples Center to raise their 17th banner.
Banner No. 17 is waiting for our fans to come home. #LakersFamily pic.twitter.com/sVtlQ8pGno- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2020
That means there is yet another special ceremony in store for the storied franchise.
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