Monday, April 21, 2008

The ring is the thing

Avery Johnson showed up for his afternoon press briefly in the lobby of the team hotel wearing his 1999 NBA Championship ring won in San Antonio on his right hand. It’s hardly a subtle message.

Johnson won’t be flashing the bling alone in Game 2. The entire coaching staff is doing the same. Assistant coaches Paul Westphal, Joe Prunty and Mario Elie have also been part of championship teams. Westphal (Boston) and Elie (Houston and San Antonio) won titles as players, while Prunty (San Antonio) won several as an assistant.

Devean George and Tyronn Lue also own rings, having won multiple titles with the Lakers. Don’t count on those rings coming out of storage for the pregame layup line.

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