The Miami Heat kicked off their 2012 campaign Tuesday against what is thought to be their chief rivals in the East, the Boston Celtics. However, there was some unfinished business for the reigning champion Miami Heat to take care of before tip-off:
A little matter of raising a championship banner and getting some bling.
Sized for their championship rings in mid-September, the Heat players were not privy to what the rings actually looked like until the pre-game ceremony on Tuesday. After receiving them, they didn't appear to be disappointed.
According to TNT announcers, each championship ring contains 219 diamonds and has the words “World Champions” on it. The ring has a black background and in the middle of each ring is the Heat logo and the championship trophy, both made of diamonds. Replicas of the ring are already for sale by designer Jostens for the small price of $3,200.
LeBron James, whose ring size is 13 ½, was the last player to receive his ring. As he was announced, James was assailed with chants of “MVP, MVP” which he acknowledged with a raise of his hands as he walked over to Heat owner Micky Arison.
Earlier in the day, James spoke of this very moment.
"I'm going to live in that moment.” James said. “This is a special moment not only for our team but for this organization, for the city, whoever is a Miami Heat fan. We all will live in the moment, but we also have some other business to take care of well. … These moments are not given."
Arison was presented his ring by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who recently announced his upcoming retirement on February 1, 2014. Stern did provide the only flub of the awards ceremony when he sent his thoughts and concern out to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, which he referred to as Hurricane Katrina.
The Boston Celtics were not on the floor during the 10 minutes it took to conclude the ceremony.
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