The Los Angeles Lakers won the 2020 NBA Championship just over 70 days ago while in the bubble in Orlando, Florida. On Tuesday night, they kicked off the next season with a home game against the Clippers, and the ever-popular ring ceremony. But what would a ring ceremony be like without fans? Well, the Lakers organization made sure it was one of the most memorable ceremonies we’d ever seen.
With no fans allowed at Staples Center for the occasion, the Lakers organization had each player’s family introduce them before getting each ring.
The tears started right off the bat when Jared Dudley’s daughter said they were BFFs forever.
Then Giannis made an appearance to congratulate his brother Kostas.
Giannis & Thanasis congratulate their brother Kostas on his Lakers championship ring pic.twitter.com/Rb6XGCbUZZ— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 23, 2020
While Markieff Morris’ daughter screaming for her dad made her the star of the whole dang ceremony.
Markieff Morris’ daughter stole the show in the Lakers’ ring ceremony. pic.twitter.com/GlgCubDVrh— Andy Nesbitt (@anezbitt) December 23, 2020
And even Marcus Morris, who plays for the rival Clippers, was cheering on his brother.
The Morris twins are the best.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) December 23, 2020
Here's Marcus filming Markieff getting his ring. pic.twitter.com/oVLN5YiEe0
LeBron’s students at his I Promise school even made an appearance.
And don’t think we didn’t notice that Zhuri James was rocking an Anthony Davis jersey.
LeBron’s daughter wearing an AD jersey pic.twitter.com/IjPmsNJgSQ— Ali B (@ali_behpoornia) December 23, 2020
And last but not least, the rings are gorgeous.
This is what it's all about pic.twitter.com/kZlYMYb93X— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 23, 2020
Overall, this was an amazing way to do the ring ceremony and fans online were suggesting every ring ceremony should be like this moving forward. I can’t say I disagree! Seeing the players react to their families was a special and personal touch we normally don’t get.