The Lakers Ring/Banner Ceremony


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The Los Angeles Lakers unveil their sixteenth championship NBA championship banner
Note: The Associated Press contributed to this report

The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled their latest NBA championship banner Tuesday night on the west wall of Staples Center and got their rings handed to them by Commissioner David Stern. Nine players remaining from last season's triumph over the Boston Celtics took part in Tuesday's ceremony. After Jackson was presented with his 11th championship ring as an NBA head coach and fifth with Los Angeles, Bryant and Fisher followed their teammates one by one to midcourt to a thunderous ovation.


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The 2009-10 NBA Championship ring is of Owner Dr. Jerry Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jerry Buss, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in August, designed the ring, according to Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. The cost of each was not divulged, but the effort that went into creating them suggests its exorbitant value could probably eclipse any before it. The rings were designed by Jason of Beverly Hills.

The uniqueness of it has to do with a piece of leather from the game ball from Game 7 of the finals, which was attached to the underside of each ring. The front features a circumference of 16 oversized white diamonds representing the franchise's 16 NBA titles, and two championship trophies made of 16-karat gold. On one side is a three-dimensional likeness of the player receiving it.

Oh, by the way, the Lakers came back from an 11-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Rockets 61-48 in the second half winning 112-110. It's their third straight season-opening win and their eighth win in their past nine games versus Houston. The Lakers are now 41-22 in season openers, good for an all-time best .651 win percentage. According to the ESPN Stats and Information group, Phil Jackson is now one win away from becoming the fifth coach with at least 1,100 career wins.

After the jump, check out the photo essay from the ring/banner ceremony.


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Commissioner David Stern speaks to the crowd prior to presenting the 2009-2010 Championship Rings to the Los Angeles Lakers.


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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses his 2009-2010 Championship Ring after the Lakers were given the rings during a ceremony prior to their opening night game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.


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Owner Jerry Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers is congratulated by Kobe Bryant #24 before receiving his 2009-10 NBA Championship ring.

KOBE: "We couldn't have done it without you," Bryant told the roaring sellout crowd. "But none of this would have been possible without the greatest team owner in team sports. So please give it up for Jerry Buss."


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(L-R) Luke Walton #4, Sasha Vujacic #18, Andrew Bynum #17, Lamar Odom #7, Pau Gasol #16, and Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers come together during the 2009-10 NBA Championship ring ceremony.


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A general view of the court during the 2009-10 NBA Championship ring ceremony before a game.


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Head Coach Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers is congratulated by Vice President of Business Operations Jeannie Buss before receiving his 2009-10 NBA Championship ring.


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The 2009-10 NBA Championship ring is of Owner Dr. Jerry Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers


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The Los Angeles Lakers unveil their sixteenth championship NBA championship banner





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The Los Angeles Lakers unveil their sixteenth championship NBA championship banner

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NOTE: The Lakers eventually will get rings to four players no longer in purple and gold - Jordan Farmar (New Jersey), Josh Powell (Atlanta), D.J. Mbenga (New Orleans) and Adam Morrison (waived by Washington).