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Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 12:10 pm  |  18 responses

LeBron James Doesn’t Want to Get Championship Ring on Opening Night


Defending champions often lay an egg immediately after getting their rings during Opening Night ceremonies. LeBron James wants to avoid that. He wishes the Miami Heat’s championship festivities took place on a day when they didn’t have to face another NBA team. Per ESPN: “It is what it is – there’s nothing we can do about it,’ James said Sunday as the Heat prepared for Tuesday’s ring ceremony that will take place before the season opener against Chicago. ‘It’s something we’d rather do [earlier], take care of last year. After we get our rings, then that’s last year. And then we’ll go from there.’ The Heat are 1-1 in season openers they played after receiving their championship rings. They suffered a 42-point loss to Chicago in the 2006-07 opener and defeated Boston 120-107 in the first game last season. Part of Tuesday’s pregame ceremony will include a new player introduction video and also a commemorative tribute to last season’s title run that featured Game 7 victories against Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals and over San Antonio in the Finals. James said it will be difficult to keep up with everything going on and still remain focused entirely on the Bulls. ‘It’s hard,’ James said. ‘I’m going to see some of it. You don’t take it for granted. We did some special things last year, and this is a time to look back at it one more time. I definitely won’t lose sight of what’s in front of me.’ Heat forward Udonis Haslem said he would like to see the ring presentation take place on the same day as the championship parade, although such a quick turnaround for a jeweler would seem difficult. Star guard Dwyane Wade said holding the event the night before the season opener would work even better. ‘Put it on TV, sell it out for the fans in Miami and let them enjoy it,’ Wade said. ‘And the next day come in for the game.’”

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  • pposse

    pretty much they are scared of the hell D Rose will unleash right after they get their rings!!

  • spit hot fiyah

    “Defending champions often lay an egg immediately after getting their rings during Opening Night ceremonies”

    insert bosh dinosaur joke

  • shockexchange

    That is mad disrespectful. What would it look like if The Kang read a copy of “The Rules” aloud in front of the opposition? That would be considered taunting.

  • Dfrance

    I kind of agree, especially when you have trades in the offseason and guys are on the team that weren’t a part of the Championship team. Then you have to present rings to the guys that left at random times throughout the season.

    They should just do the ring ceremony during the championship parade. Just handout empty boxes, since they probably can’t manufacture that much blingage in such a short amount of time, and deliver the real rings later.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Ah yes, because a Bulls win on opening night will strike fear in the hearts of the back-to-back champions, right? The Bulls have owned the Heat during the regular season ever since the Big 3 assembled, but how far has that gotten them?

    The regular season means absolutely nothing to veteran squads like the Heat and the Spurs. Seeding and homecourt adanvtage are nice, but it’s all about staying healthy, relatively rested, and peaking at the right time.

  • LakeShow

    Boom.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the ring ceremony is more about the banner really.

  • pposse

    so then why don’t they want the ring ceremony on opening night? Seems pretty standards if you ask me…these guys just don’t want to have an already motivated killer get more motivation (all of this is sarcasm..i just can’t wait till tomorrow night)

  • Dfrance

    Ahhh, the banner. Good point. They can still skip the ring part and raise the banner, it’d be a much shorter team ceremony as opposed to a drawn out individual person ceremony.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah i never really understood why the rings have to happen that night, i mean as you said, they have the parade and a whole huge celebration. but i guess the guys (specifically the one’s who are winning their first ring) seeing those rings for the first time is a pretty cool thing to witness. but i definitely prefer to just get on with the game, raise the banner and get it poppin

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    Offseason trades definitely mess stuff up.

  • bike

    Instead of only rings, they should give the players a choice of three awards: (1) a championship ring, (2) an embroidered parka, or (3) a pair of digital binoculars.

  • Toner83

    Why can’t the banner be raised up at the championship parade? Allow the route to finish at the arena, then raise the banner there?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Well it takes longer than 2 days to make those banners first of all. And it puts a level of excitement in the arena on opening night that is hard to duplicate by putting up the banner infront of the crowd.

  • Dingo

    I agree, it feels too rushed also, I think Wade makes sense with what he said. Do it the night before that season starts.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    When will mike miller get his?

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