Going along with tradition, the Los Angeles Lakers held their championship ring ceremony on opening night, despite the fact that their fans weren’t able to celebrate their accomplishment with them at Staples Center. The absence of fans made the ceremony different, but it was still enjoyable, at least for the fans at home.
Here were some of the highlights from the Lakers’ big night.
Giannis gave Kostas his championship ring
What’s better than winning a championship ring before your older sibling? Having him give it to you, and Kostas Antetokounmpo was lucky enough to experience that on Tuesday night.
Giannis and Thanasis congratulate Kostas on ring night pic.twitter.com/SsGSZpPLlq— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 23, 2020
In the video, Giannis can be heard telling Kostas “let’s get more rings, man,” which was probably just him saying that he wants them, as brothers, to win more rings for their family. However, it could have also been the first hint that he’s demanding a trade to the Lakers.
No, I will not take my tinfoil hat off.
Kostas Antetokounmpo wasn’t the only Laker to get love from his siblings. Marcus Morris, who plays for the Clippers, was able to see his twin brother get his first-ever championship ring in person. Morris was the only Clipper to watch the ceremony, according to Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times.
Marcus Morris hyping his brother Markieff after getting his championship ring ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5yFT3ix8xQ— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 23, 2020
LeBron James got a nice video from the kids at his “I Promise School” on Tuesday, in which they congratulated him on winning his fourth NBA championship. James also got a video from his actual kids, who acted like it was just another Tuesday in the James household (minus the tacos, of course).
At least Zhuri looked happy for her dad! Upon first glance, it looks like she’s wearing an Anthony Davis jersey, but the Lakers stopped using that jersey design two seasons before Davis was traded to Los Angeles. Does that mean it’s a Corey Brewer jersey? God, I hope so.
Rob Pelinka’s Kobe tribute
When Rob Pelinka received his first ring as the Lakers’ general manager on Tuesday, he made sure to pay tribute to the late, great Kobe Bryant, who brought the city of Los Angeles five championship rings in his 20-year career. The Lakers wanted to win it for Kobe, and with him and Gianna in mind, they were able to.
Rob Pelinka threw up the 24 after getting his ring. pic.twitter.com/nHfxCqmMBS— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) December 23, 2020
The ring itself
I mean, look at it.
So many details on these Lakers rings— ESPN (@espn) December 23, 2020
Most expensive ring in NBA title history
Mamba snake behind players’ numbers to honor Kobe
Removable top to reveal retired Lakers jerseys, with special emphasis on Kobe’s
(via @JasonofBH) pic.twitter.com/bDz1KdmDuV