Posts Tagged ‘ring ceremony’

Ring Ceremony Officially Ushers In Heat’s LeBron Era

MIAMI – As far as coronations go, this one lacked some of the pomp and circumstance you might be used to. But the finish was everything it was supposed to be for one man.

One by one, members of the Miami Heat walked to center court at AmericanAirlines Arena to collect their 2012 championship rings and take a fan shower before Monday’s season opener against the Boston Celtics.

The last man to be announced was LeBron James, the reigning MVP and Finals MVP, the man whose breakthrough season and playoff performance carried the Heat to their second title in team history. It wasn’t until then, when he turned to that screaming crowd, moments after Heat icon and fan fave Dwyane Wade had made his way to center court amid a thunderous ovation, that it became clear that the transfer of power from one superstar to the other was complete.

This is still “Wade County” and no one will ever forget Wade’s scintillating performance during The Finals in 2006, when the Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks riding the wave of Wade’s mercurial performance. But make no mistake, this is King James country now. And that was never more evident than during the ring ceremony, when James was accorded the treatment you’d expect for a man who had to prove himself a champion before being received as one. (more…)

Ring Night In Dallas

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The wait is finally over.

It’s jewelry time in Dallas.

Exactly one month after they raised their 2011 championship banner to the rafters, the Mavericks are getting their championship rings tonight (LIVE, 8 ET on NBA.com). And if there is any truth to the rumors, you better wear sunglasses if you’re going to be at American Airlines Center for the Mavericks-Timberwolves game.

As Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com reports, “The Time is Now” for ring night:

Jason Terry said the thrill of this final championship celebration probably won’t hit until he holds the estimated $40,000 piece of jewelry in his hands.

“We’ve only seen a brief design of it,” Terry said. “Once you get it and see and hold it and touch it, it’s probably like a baby — you know I got four of those — so that’s probably what it’s like.”

Mavs owner Mark Cuban said he paid a total of $1.4 million for the rings for the 15 players and the entire coaching staff. The design is similar to the one chosen by the 2009-10 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

One side of the ring will include the player’s name engraved above the team logo with the player’s jersey number. Terry said he also believes the team’s postseason motto, “The Time is Now,” is engraved on the ring.

Having witnessed the Mavericks’ run to The Finals from start to finish last season, it’ll be an interesting night to see how the players and fans react to the rings being passed out.

It should be interesting …