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Andre Iguodala couldn’t resist a quick fake-out when presenting former teammate JaVale McGee with his belated championship ring on Saturday night.
McGee earned a 2018 NBA title ring with the Warriors in June but, after he signed with the Lakers in July, he missed out on the official ring presentation ceremony. With the Lakers in town Saturday, the Warriors took advantage of the meeting to honor McGee before the game.
But when Iguodala opened the ring box, McGee found it empty. The two shared a big laugh before Iguodala put the ring, palmed in his hand, back into place.
The fun and games ended there for McGee, however, as the Warriors shook off a lethargic start to dunk their way to victory over the Lakers. Media reports after the game indicated McGee “got heat” in the locker room.
“Josh Hart, Michael Beasley and JaVale McGee were frustrated and got a bit heated, but it never came close to getting physical, I’m told,” Los Angeles Times beat writer Tania Ganguli tweeted.
McGee, at least, has a very shiny ring to console him. The ring, designed by Jason of Beverly Hills, is the first reversible title ring in NBA history. On one side, 74 sapphires represent the team’s record number of wins. On the other, the 74 wins sparkle in tiny diamonds.
Twisting off the ring’s top reveals their motto “Strength in Numbers” engraved in gold.
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