Bucks Host Ring Ceremony, Unveil Championship Banner
Nearly 400 diamonds on each ring with loads of symbolism embedded.
It was a celebration Tuesday evening at Fiserv Forum.
“Milwaukee we did it,” said star guard Khris Middleton.
The players and coaches from the Milwaukee Bucks‘ 2020-21 championship team were presented their championship rings in a ceremony before the game began.
A championship banner was also unveiled, joining the one from the 1971 season that hangs in the rafters.
Television play-by-play announcer Jim Paschke, who retired at the conclusion of last season but missed the finals and parade because he contracted COVID-19, emceed the ceremony held just before the first game of the NBA season.
While Giannis Antetokounmpo accepted his ring, Paschke quickly switched into a custom-made shirt that spelled out “I love Giannis” with a heart. It was a nod to Antetokounmpo wearing the team-issued “I love Jim” t-shirt while the team celebrated after winning the title.
The team’s four primary owners, Marc Lasry, Wesley Edens, Jamie Dinan and Michael Fascitelli, were presented rings as well as former owner Herb Kohl. Team staff, including president Peter Feigin and general manager Jon Horst, were also given rings in a ceremony that lasted approximately 25 minutes.
A number of players drew substantial applause, including team stars Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Jrue Holiday, as well as fan favorite Bobby Portis and assistant coaches (and former Bucks) Vin Baker and Darvin Ham.
Feigin previously said that approximately 300 rings were ordered, with varying tiers of complexity.
The rings were designed by Jason of Beverly Hills. The interior of the rings features Bucks imagery, as well as a QR code that can be scanned to show Bucks highlights.
The top of the ring features 360 diamonds, to represent the number of team wins since the Lasry-Edens-Dinan group bought the team in 2014. Sixteen emerald-shaped diamonds on the left side represent the number of victories to win the title. The 16 emerald-shaped diamonds on the right side represent the team’s 16 division titles. In total the rings have approximately 4.14 carts of emeralds representing Milwaukee’s 414 area code. Fifty round stones on the inner bezel represent the time between championships.
The sides of the rings read “Fear the Deer” and “Bucks in 6” reflecting the team’s two viral slogans. Numbers on the ring, 4-0, 4-3, 4-2 and 4-2, list out the results of each playoff series with the score of the final game, 105-98, being displayed at the bottom of the ring.
The championship trophy on the face of the ring is made up of a batch of 65.3% purity yellow gold to represent the winning percentage during the season. Three carts on the shank represent the three conference championships in team history. Approximately 0.53 cts on the “world champions” wording represents the Bucks’ 53-year history.
It was the seventh championship ring designed by Jason of Beverly Hills.
But there were Bucks players not present for the ceremony. The team’s new players, led by Grayson Allen and Semi Ojeleye, are on the outside looking in. The team will need to repeat for them to get a ring. Players now on different teams, including P.J. Tucker, will receive a ring at future dates.
Want your own? Replica versions are available online for fans to purchase.
Following the ceremony, the team played the Brooklyn Nets, which it defeated in seven games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Many pre-season rankings have the two teams slated to meet in the conference finals this season to determine who will go to the finals.
The game was still ongoing at the time of publication.