Sad, Crazy and Funny Stories About NBA Finals Rings

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Sad, Crazy and Funny Stories About NBA Finals Rings
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Get into a spirited discussion with a fellow NBA aficionado, and sooner or later the conversation will wind its way to that great delineator between legends and stars, the good and the truly great.

Ringz.

Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant? Kevin Garnett or Karl Malone? Isiah Thomas or Chris Paul? Once all the stats and stories are exhausted, ringz is the only signifier to which everyone is prepared to heed.

For years, we thought the value of NBA championship rings lay in their ability to broker debate. And, you know, the fact that they’re made of gold and loaded with diamonds.

As it turns out, the stories behind these finger-sized bling bombs can be just as fascinating as the legends who’ve worn them.

What follows are nine of the strangest, saddest and funniest stories involving NBA Finals rings that you'll ever hear. At least until we find out Chris Andersen sold his for a human-sized birdhouse or something.

Get ready to never look at your jewelry box the same way again.

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