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Addendum: Includes letter from Lakers team employee.

The 2001-02 NBA season proved to be the pinnacle of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Shaq/Kobe era, as they swept the New Jersey Nets in four straight games in the NBA Finals. In doing so, the Lakers became only the third NBA franchise to win three straight championships, joining the Boston Celtics from the 1960s and the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s. Shaquille O'Neal, who averaged 36.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in the Finals, was named the NBA Finals MVP for the third consecutive year, joining Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson as the only players with three. This lot features a 2002 Los Angeles Lakers (3-Peat) NBA Championship 14-karat gold ring awarded to the Lakers' team psychologist, George T. Mumford.

The gold and diamond ring is made to the exact specifications of the player versions issued to Shaq, Kobe, etc. It showcases a beautiful "Pyramid” design, presumably a nod to the iconic triangle offense that the team famously ran. The face features a purple gemstone triangle surrounded by the words "BACK BACK BACK" to commemorate the L.A.'s "Three-Peat." Three other triangular diamonds are also set against a background of smaller diamonds, a total of 2.45 carats. "LAKERS WORLD CHAMPIONS" is embossed around the top. The right shank is embossed with the Lakers logo, "Slam Dunk," "2002" and the image of a microphone with the name "Chick" -- a salute to long time Lakers play-by-play man Chick Hearn who passed away after the season. The left shank is embossed with "GTM" and both the season "58-24" and playoff “15-4" records on each side of the NBA logo. "14K" is stamped inside the band. The original 7" x 5" x 3 1/4" mahogany wood presentation box is included with a specially engraved gold plaque on top reading “2002 WORLD CHAMPIONS LOS ANGELES LAKERS George T. Mumford” positioned on either side of the team logo. The size 12 ring is in excellent overall condition save for a small chip off of the purple gemstone on the face (common wear point on these 2002 rings). Includes LOA from George Mumford and appraisal letter sent to him when he worked for the Lakers.

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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $9,424
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
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