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Kobe Bryant’s Father Auctions Replica 2000 Lakers Championship Ring

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Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, father of the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, has placed his son’s 2000 Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship ring up for auction. The ring, a 14K gold replica with 40 diamonds, features the words “LAKERS,” “WORLD CHAMPIONS,” and “BRYANT,” along with Kobe’s jersey number, “8,” in gold lettering.

Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a photo with his parents after winning the NBA Championship on June 19, 2000.

Kobe ordered this replica specifically for his father and kept the original ring for himself. The 2000 NBA Championship was a significant achievement for the Los Angeles Lakers, with Kobe winning five championships during his illustrious career with the team.

Kobe gifted the ring to his parents when he received it, and they considered selling it in 2013 along with other memorabilia from his career. However, Kobe sued his parents, stating that he had not permitted them to sell the items. They eventually settled, with Kobe’s parents apologizing for their actions and expressing regret for any pain caused to their son.

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shows off his 2009 NBA Championship ring before the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers 2009.

Some critics have questioned Joe’s decision to auction the ring, especially considering Kobe’s tragic death in 2020. Kobe’s relationship with his parents was complex, with rumors of strain dating back to 2001. Despite some reconciliation over the years, Kobe’s parents were absent during key moments in his life, such as his wedding and final NBA game.

Bidding for the ring ends on March 30, with the current price at $141,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

March 22, 2024

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