The Lakers gave Kobe one more ring before his last game
No one was expecting a ring ceremony before Kobe Bryant’s final game with the Los Angeles Lakers.
And there wasn’t one, of course. That would have been silly. But behind closed doors, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss gave Kobe and Vanessa Bryant a very special retirement gift — one final ring:
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— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 14, 2016
It doesn’t count as a championship, but it’s still an incredible gesture and a gorgeous piece of jewelry. And it’s definitely better than the remote controlled Kobe helicopter that courtside fans received before the game:
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 14, 2016
According to the ring’s designer, Jason Arashaben of Beverly Hills, Kobe’s giant gift has a total of 4.87 carats worth of diamonds, and the ring itself is approximately 70 grams of 14 karat gold.
The inside features a snake skin strip, as well, in honor of Kobe’s "Black Mamba" nickname: