Lakers Icon Kobe Bryant’s 2000 Championship Ring Sold For $927,000

NBA legend Kobe Bryant‘s 2000 championship ring with the Los Angeles Lakers sold for $927,000 over the weekend. 

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Bryant gifted the ring to his father. Dan Hajducky of ESPN has more:

“The 2000 championship, Kobe’s first of five titles, was the only time he gifted his father with a ring. Goldin noted that it is an identical copy of the one given to Kobe: BRYANT etched on one side, with the same sizing (11½), weight (59.6 grams) and etchings.

“The ring was originally consigned to Goldin in 2013 by Pam and Joe Bryant and sold for $173,000. For this weekend’s sale, the 2013 buyer consigned the ring, which comes with a letter of authenticity from the Bryants.”

One of the greatest players in NBA history, Bryant spent his entire career with the Lakers. He averaged 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks in 1,346 regular-season games with Los Angeles. 

Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, five-time champion, four-time All-Star Game MVP, two-time Finals MVP, two-time scoring champion, 15-time All-NBA Team member, 12-time All-Defensive Team member and the 2007-08 MVP.

The Black Mamba is fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He scored 33,643 points during his legendary career.

During the Bryant era, the Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Bryant won three championships (2000, 2001, 2002) with Shaquille O’Neal and two more (2009, 2010) with Pau Gasol.

The Lakers retired both of Bryant’s numbers (8 and 24) after he retired in 2016. 

The NBA community was devastated when Bryant tragically passed away in 2020 in a helicopter crash. The 2019-20 Lakers, led by LeBron James — who was close with Bryant — won the 2020 championship over the Miami Heat at the Walt Disney World bubble as their way of honoring Bryant.

The Lakers unveiled a Bryant statue outside of Crypto.com Arena on March 2. Bryant’s statue is of his 81-point game during the Lakers-Toronto Raptors game on January 22, 2006.

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