Cleveland Cavaliers Showoff 24-Karat Championship Rings
The Cleveland Cavaliers were awarded their 2016 NBA Championship rings Tuesday night during a pregame ceremony before their home opener against the New York Knicks.
The Cavs made history against the Golden State Warriors earlier this year by becoming the first team to win the NBA Finals, overcoming a 3-1 deficit. This was a detail the team paid homage to through the ring’s detail.
This was Cleveland’s first major professional sports championship since 1964.
Per the ring designers, Kay Jewelers: (via CBS Sports)
On the interior side of the ring is a line of seven gemstones to represent the best-of-seven games in an NBA Finals series. In the order the games were won, three white diamonds depict the Golden State Warriors and four genuine “wine-colored” garnets represent the Cavaliers, symbolizing the first time in NBA history that any team has overcome a 3-1 deficit to become NBA Champions.
Cavs forward Richard Jefferson posted the picture of the ring’s flip side on Snapchat on Tuesday, shortly after the team opened the 2016-17 season with a 117-88 win over the New York Knicks.
The 36-year-old noted the design element was one of his favorite parts of the ring, which also depicts a rendering of Cleveland’s Detroit-Superior Bridge, the city’s downtown skyline and the roman numeral LII to reflect the 52-year championship drought.