Bill Sharman donated title ring to charity
APR 03, 2013 8:04p ET
Bill Sharman might have looked at the picture and laughed, as he requires even more to display all his gold-and-diamond hardware.
Sharman, 86, is the owner of 17 professional championship rings — 11 as a coach, general manager and consultant for the Lakers, four as a player with the Celtics and one each as coach of the ABL’s Cleveland Pipers and the Utah Stars of the ABA. He also has two Hall of Fame rings — one as a player, one as a coach.
Total ring count: 19.
The Southern California native — also a pro baseball player, and a Dodgers reserve in 1951 when the New York Giants pulled off a 13½ game comeback on Brooklyn — was the first coach to lead the Lakers to a championship in Los Angeles. During the 1971-72 season, he took the squad to a then-record 69-13 record and the still-standing mark of 33 consecutive wins.
Now, Sharman and his wife, Joyce, have donated Bill’s 2009-10 Lakers championship ring — when the Lakers beat the Celtics, 4 games to 3 — for a raffle to benefit various charities, including Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro, Calif. The Sharmans host a yearly dinner to raise money to help underprivileged children who go through Toberman and Bill’s Ring of Hope raffle.
“I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with numerous nonprofits, especially the Toberman Neighborhood Center,” Sharman said. “I wanted to do something to give back and support the important and life-changing work that each of these organizations are doing for our community. I feel blessed that I can contribute to the meaningful work of each of these wonderful charities.”
The raffle opened Wednesday and will run to 11 am ET on June 7. They’re hoping to raise more than the record-setting $1.4 million bid on a New Orleans Saints Super Bowl ring.
The Sharmans and Toberman are honoring Lakers Hall of Famer James Worthy at their annual charity event Saturday night in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
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