Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Lakers Receive Championship Rings with Virtual Family Tributes in Empty Arena (Watch)

b1d65c6de9489884c88cf598c32570e4
Lakers receive their championship rings at the Staples Center on Dec. 22, 2020

*The Staples Center may have been empty of fans, but the Los Angeles Lakers showed off their NBA championship rings Tuesday night in a ceremony filled virtually with families, friends and millions of fans worldwide.

Just 72 days after LeBron James, Anthony Davis and their teammates finished off the Miami Heat in the NBA bubble, the Lakers returned from the shortest offseason in league history to get their reward. The coaches, executives and 11 returning players from last season’s championship team received their rings in a brief, warm ceremony before their regular season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The families of the Lakers’ players and coaches appeared in short, heartfelt videos of introduction before the players walked up to an individual podium to grab the rings by themselves.

The raising of the banner honoring their 17th championship will wait until fans can return to the Staples Center to enjoy it with them. The spot where it will hang eventually on the arena walls is currently occupied by a black banner reading: “STAY TUNED, LAKERS FAMILY.” The team also promised to hold a real party for their latest championship as soon as fans can attend.

Watch the full ceremony below:

YOU MAY LIKE

SEARCH

THE CULTURECALENDAR: WHAT'S NEW & BLACK ON TV

- Advertisement -

TRENDING