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The Ring''s the Thing...

Nov 16 2000 12:00AM
The Lakers have chosen Henry Kay Jewelers of Chicago and Masters of Design of Attleboro Falls, Mass. to design and produce the 1999-2000 NBA championship rings.

The ring, which weighs approximately 40 pennyweights of 14 karat yellow gold, contains approximately 2.05 ct. of diamonds. The top is paveed in brilliant cut diamonds with the Lakers logo on the top.

O'Neal's Ring
On one side, the player's name and number are cut out along with the NBA logo and regular season/playoff record. The other side shows the NBA championship trophy which has a 1/4 carat brilliant cut diamond as the ball. A triangle representing the triangle offense is behind the trophy.

The year 2000 is cut out at the bottom of this side as are the words "BLING BLING."

During the season, Shaq told his teammates the diamonds on their championship rings will go Bling Bling.

The largest ring produced - size 17 (Shaquille O'Neal). The smallest - size 8 1/2.