Publish Date: 07/21/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
If the Boston Celtics win the NBA Finals, they’ll take home more than just their 18th championship title. In addition to the championship title, championship rings are also an essential part of winning the championship, like what Bill Russell earned.
The rings themselves have undergone some change since Russell’s playing days. The original Celtics’ championship rings were set with a diamond in the center. Unlike the Celtics, the championship rings given to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021 included more than 400 diamonds and an incredible number of intricate details.
Before they can consider what their rings could look like, the Celtics must first win four games against the Golden State Warriors. They will face another question which player will get one if they win and receive the rings.
During the midseason, nobody predicted that the Celtics would make it to the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics made a surprising comeback to reach the NBA Finals with the help of some personnel turnover. For the time being, it’s uncertain if the seasoned players who contributed early in the season will be eligible to share in the winning prizes of the team’s current members.
First and foremost, winning a title is the goal. After that, it’s up to the franchise to decide who gets the championship ring.
Rings are given to the players, coaches, and other staff members that helped the team win the championship. To show their appreciation for all of their employees, several groups have gone above and beyond in the recent past, rewarding everyone across their organization, including the janitors to food vendors.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first championship in 2016, they gave away over 1,000 rings to the team’s employees, as did the Miami Heat in 2006. In their most recent title in 2018, the Warriors placed an order for about 500 rings. Note that not everyone receives the same ring. Players, coaches, and key personnel are often receiving more expensive rings than the rest of the team.
When the Celtics first won championships, the ring-giving process was very different. Even though Frank Ramsey was a member of seven championship teams during his stints in Boston, the Celtics only awarded one ring to him because the franchise only gave out rings to first-time winners during their most successful eras in the 1950s and 1960s.Some players decline the rings
The organization has the right to select whether or not coaches and players that were a member of the team at any stage in the season deserve a ring in addition to those who participate in the actual finals.
However, not all players want to receive the championship ring if they weren’t part of the team when it won the title, even when the rings are considered a commendable honor any players can get.
Anderson Varejao was traded to Golden State Warriors from Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 season. He was eligible for a ring because the two teams met in the Finals. Still, after Cleveland beat Golden State in seven games, Varejao declared he wouldn’t accept the rings on his own accords.
The Celtics have a long list of players who played in 2021-22 who could get a ring despite COVID-19 absences, the frenetic trade deadline, and the onslaught of injuries. These players include Jaylen Brown, Jabari Parker, Justin Jackson, Sam Hauser, Payton Pritchard, Dennis Schroder, Marcus Smart, Derrick White, and Jayson Tatum, among other 20 players.