Since every Lakers player contributed in some way towards earning the franchise’s 15th championship to conclude the 2008-09 season, it was fitting that much of the organization’s brain trust had a say in the design of the championship ring to be given out prior to Tuesday’s game against the Clippers.
Several members of the Buss family - including Dr. Jerry Buss, Jeanie Buss, Joey Buss and Jesse Buss - joined Senior VP of Business Operations and CMO Tim Harris, GM Mitch Kupchak and team captains Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant to weigh in and produce a gem (so to speak).
Here are some of the ring’s details:
The gold is of limited edition 15 karat variety to represent the 15th championship earned by the organization.
Per the request of Dr. Buss, there are 14 diamonds surrounding the top of the ring symbolizing the previous 14 franchise championships, with the Larry O’Brien trophy in the middle to represent the 2008-09 title.
As requested by Fisher and Bryant, there is a player image on the side of player rings, and within that image rests an etching of their respective jersey numbers. For example, Kobe Bryant's image contains the No. 24 in the upper right hand corner of that side panel.
The Los Angeles skyline is an element unique to non-player rings in place of the player’s image.
The ring is two toned, with white gold representing the Lakers Sunday whites uniforms that honor legendary broadcaster Chick Hearn.
Each ring is authenticated by a serial number, and to further protect the authenticity, there are hidden etchings of the Lakers logo.
Kupchak contributed the idea to include the varying records of every individual playoff series on the side of the ring, which was done in addition to having the season record to capture the journey of the entire season.
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