Virtually anyone associated with the Cleveland Cavaliers has been fitted for NBA championship rings.
Team owner Dan Gilbert and his business partners are forking over $1 million to gift more than 1,000 full and part-time employees with gleaming jewelry.
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) September 28, 2016
Following a 52-year title drought, the party in Cleveland isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Per the NEOMG:
Of course, not every team employee will get the same, diamond crusted ring that’s going to rest on the fingers of (LeBron) James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and other players from last season, but ticket takers, seat ushers, security guards, Cleveland police officers and all who work behind the scenes at home games will be able to say they won a ring. And they’ll have proof.
Employees learned about the rings earlier this month at something called the “Spectaculars,” a company-wide (Cavs, Monsters, Quicken Loans Arena) yearly meeting and employee-recognition event. The gesture extends to workers for Aramark, the contractor that supplies food-service workers for Cavs and Monsters home games.
The Cavs declined to say whether or not former coach David Blatt — who was fired in January — or former center Anderson Varejao (traded in February) were getting rings. But Gilbert is obviously in a mood to be inclusive. […] Varejao, who played for the Warriors against the Cavs in the Finals, told reporters out West the Cavs had offered him a ring. Anderson, who played for Cleveland from 2004-16, said he was unsure if he would accept.