In the National Basketball Association (NBA), a championship ring is awarded to members of the team that win the annual NBA Finals.[1][2] Rings are presented to the team's players, coaches, and members of the executive front office.[3] The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are tied for the most rings overall with 17 per team. Phil Jackson also has the most as a coach and Bill Russell has the most as a player (11 each).[4]

History

NBA championship rings have been handed out since the first NBA Finals in 1947.[5] In the modern era, the rings are handed to the defending champions during the team's first home game each season.[6][7]

Design

NBA championship rings are silver or gold and include the following features:

Players and coaches with most championships

Other commemorative items

In three NBA Finals, John Havlicek chose two wrist watches and a liqueur tray set as commemorative items.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ McMenamin, Dave (June 10, 2011). "Phil Jackson, lord of the rings". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Title rings:status symbol, career validation - USATODAY.com
  3. ^ HEAT, Jostens Team Up To Create 2012 NBA Championship Ring & Merchandise | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE MIAMI HEAT
  4. ^ With 13 titles, Phil Jackson is lord of the rings- ESPN Los Angeles
  5. ^ Hart, Micah. "WANNA SEE EVERY NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING? GOOD, HERE THEY ARE". NBA.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Nice ring to it: Heat receive title hardware". 31 October 2012.
  7. ^ Heat get their 2013 championship rings | NBA.com
  8. ^ LeBron James, Heat receive rings, 219 diamonds and all
  9. ^ a b How an NBA Championship Ring is Made | Sports Dissected
  10. ^ May, Peter (June 10, 2011). "Havlicek doesn't have eight rings". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 24, 2011.