The NBA season kicked off on Tuesday night so it was Ring Night for the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.

These are NOT your father's championship rings.

First of all, these look great. I believe the kids would describe it as "clean." There aren't a lot of colors on the ring. Mostly all diamonds with some green for the Bucks logo and gold for the Larry O'Brien trophy.

But it's once you slide the top of the ring off the base do you get to see the pièce de résistance. The ring transforms into a pendant that the player can wear around their neck instead of weighing their hand down with a boulder-sized ring. 

Amazing.

This isn't the first time a championship ring has come with a removable top, the Tampa Bay Bucs just did it with their recent Super Bowl ring, but it is the first time that I can find that one turned into a necklace.

The maker of the rings, Jason Arasheben, the CEO of Jason Beverly Hills, explained the reasoning of the necklace transformation to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Alot of players were not able to wear their rings; they weren't practical/ You might take it out on Christmas Eve to show the family, bout other than that, they can't wear it. I wanted to create a ring that had more versatility, where a player could wear it and let it be comfortable. This one is just as big as these massive rings, but we developed a technology that allows the ring top to be taken off with a push button system, and the ring top can be converted into a pendant.

There are plenty of Easter Eggs hidden in the ring as well as:

  • The 360 diamonds on the ring's top represent the number of victories since the current ownership group took over.
  • The 16 emerald-shaped diamonds on one side represent the number of playoff wins, while the 16 on the other side to represent the franchise's total of division titles.
  • The 4.14 karat of emeralds represent the 414 area code of Milwaukee.
  • The 50 round stones on the "inner bezel" represent 50 years since the team's last championship.
  • Part of the ring's design along the sides is meant to mimic the portion of Fiserv Forum facing the plaza that became the initial home base of the "Deer District."
  • Two trophies on the inside shank represent the franchise's two titles.
  • The Larry O'Brien trophy on the face of the ring includes yellow gold at 65.3% purity — mirroring the season's winning percentage (including playoffs).
  • The approximate three karats of stone on the shank represent the franchise's three conference crowns.
  • The approximate 0.53 karats on the "World Champions" wording on the ring represents the total number of years the Bucks have been in existence.

Congrats to all the Bucks with their new piece, hopefully we'll see one of these around Chicago in the near future with their revamped thing.

Speaking of the Bulls, their 2021 season begins tonight. You can catch them on 1440 WROK all this season. Their journey begins in Detroit against the Pistons Wednesday night. Pregame at 5:45, tipoff at 6.

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