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How the 2020 championship ring of the Los Angeles Lakers was inspired by Kobe Bryant

The details involved and the commemoration of Kobe Bryant made the 2020 L.A. Lakers championship rings special and memorable
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The NBA bubble was special because the players, teams, coaches, and the league went out of their way to push through with the season amid unforeseen circumstances. The championship ring was to be made like no other, but also because of Kobe Bryant's passing.

How the 2020 championship ring was made

The L.A. Lakers won the 2020 NBA title, and it proved to be poetic of some sort. It was the first championship LeBron James won wearing Purple and Gold, and he delivered his promise to his close friend Kobe Bryant of winning another title for the city. It became more special after the Black Mamba tragically passed away in January of the same year. Jason of Beverly Hills shared the process of developing the design for a one-of-a-kind tournament with appropriate details commemorating Kobe.

"When you're talking about a ring that's 40 millimeters in height and 35 millimeters in width, there's only so much real estate you have to tell the story you want to tell. We create a twistable top that twists open. So when you take the top off, you see every jersey from every retired player in the Lakers organization. And in the background you have a snake skin texture to represent the mamba, with Kobe's two jerseys set in black and a little bit higher in remembrance of Kobe Bryant. On the other side you have unity, which was an important word in that, during that time with every player's name written on theirs. We had diamonds going all the way down the side. We had each player's number written with a mamba snake in the background in honor of Kobe Bryant."

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Jason did a good job of incorporating Bryant into the championship ring. The Lakers being the champions that bubble year made the ring more significant, and it was almost as if LeBron was fated to win for his close friend.

How much does a championship ring cost?

As mentioned in the interview, every championship ring is special, and the cost depends on the details involved. Jason revealed that making the Lakers' 2020 title rings would cost at least six figures.

The 2017/18 championship rings of the Golden State Warriors were the first-ever reversible rings made by Jason of Beverly Hills. The challenge for them is how to make it grander and more special than the last, and as always, the most recent ring counts as more special because of all the learnings and accumulated ideas from the past.

For players, winning the first one would always be special. Being called a champion, no matter if you played as a starter or rode the bench, stays with you for the rest of your life. The significance varies for those who have won multiple titles, and each ring presents special memories. Many NBA greats, such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar, have auctioned their championship rings to provide better opportunities for kids.

In the end, some players value winning a ring as it symbolizes greatness; for others, they represent a special moment in their careers. 

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