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For all those interested, I found the video for the Los Angeles Lakers’ ring ceremony that took place last night. It was something for all Lakers’ fans, as they managed to raise their 16th banner and collect the 2010 championship rings, which were made out of 2010 NBA Finals Game 7 ball’s leather that crowned the Lakers champs.

What’s special about this ring ceremony is how the Lakers’ players all introduced one another after receiving their rings, which made them look more of a family rather than a team (and it also brought back the attention to the champs, not the wannabe champs).

Interesting points I noticed:

  • If you pay attention when they are introducing the team staff, you’d notice that Tanter (the announcer) skips over an assistant coach and jumps off to Kareem Abdul Jabbar. That guy’s name is Rashard Hazzard and he happens to be another special assistant coach (He got to thank the announcer, Hazzard is now like 100 times famous because of that and is being searched over the Internet. Like they say, any publicity is good publicity).
  • Adam Morrison getting booed when Phil Jackson said his name (Well, after all, the guy literally did NOTHING in the Finals).
  • At first, it sounded like Luke Walton was getting booed for some reason when coach Jackson introduced him. Turned out the crowd yelled “Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuke”. Makes sense.
  • They showed Khloe Kardashian when Lamar Odom received his ring, but it seems Maria Sharapova wasn’t there to witness her fiancee Sasha Vujacic’s second ring ceremony. It looks like the relationship is not TMZ material just yet.
  • Andrew Bynum introduced Pau Gasol as the “greatest all around big” in the game (Bye bye Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki), Shannon Brown introduced Derek Fisher as “El Presidento”, Derek Fisher introduced Kobe Bryant as the “greatest basketball player in the world” (Take that LeBron!) and Kobe Bryant introduced Dr. Jerry Buss as the “greatest owner in team sports history”.
  • Ron Artest is giving out his ring in a raffle to raise metal health awareness (like the cause, but seriously dude, the ring?).
  • Gotta love those that are called as “Special Assistant coaches”. Just say what they do!

After USA’s second exhibition game in Spain vs. the hosts on Sunday, where the Americans hung on for an 86-85 win, things started to look clearer – well at least for point guard Rajon Rondo. After having a miserable game the day before against Lithuania ( 2 points, 1 assist and 4 turnovers), Rondo was DNP – CD (did not play – coach’s decision) against the Spaniards,  leading him to feel that he was not going to make the final cut and was on the “bubble”. Eventually, that led to Rondo withdrawing from the team, and according to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, due to “some family matters to attend to”.

This leaves Team USA with a complete roster of 12 players, mostly inexperienced players with only 2 NBA champions (Lamar Odom and Chauncey Billups) and one with major international competition experience (Odom in the ’04 Olympics) and 5 players who are of 21 years old (Kevin Durant, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook). Despite the lack of experience on this team, Team USA has shown that it can take down any team in its friendlies by blowing teams away (Lithuania)  and win games in the closing seconds (Spain).

As seen in the latest exhibitions, the Americans are able to play an uptempo style of game and have legitimate threats offensively in almost every way possible, with their go-to guy being reigning NBA scoring champion Durant. Kevin Durant knocked down 27 points in the latest game vs Spain, driving to the hoop numerously and scoring 3s. Also, Rudy Gay and Danny Granger proved to be offensive weapons off the bench that can break a game wide open when necessary in addition to Stephen Curry, the only pure shooter on this team. Derrick Rose and Chauncey Billups will be expecting to start in the backcourt, and showed great play as they put their team up early by double digits against Spain. They are expected to be backed by Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry, with Eric Gordon also snatching some minutes as well. Lamar Odom, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, and Andre Igoudala will be playing in the frontcourt, with Odom expecting to start as center along Igoudala as power forward.

There are high expectations for Team USA. Can they win it all for the first time since 1994?


Chauncey Billups*

Tyson Chandler

Stephen Curry

Kevin Durant*

Rudy Gay

Eric Gordon

Danny Granger

Andre Igoudala*

Kevin Love

Lamar Odom*

Derrick Rose*

Russell Westbrook

* =  Expected Starting Lineup

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