Lakers' 16-carat rings pay tribute to Kobe, 'unity'

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LOS ANGELES — Jason Arasheben, aka Jason of Beverly Hills, waited 10 years for a chance to design another Los Angeles Lakers championship ring. And then when the jeweler got his opportunity, Arasheben had to turn the ring around in just four weeks, rather than the customary three to four months he would get during a normal NBA offseason.

“I’m used to these last-minute orders because I also service over 200 guys in the league as personal clients, including a bunch on the team,” Arasheben told ESPN this week. “So I’m used to this, ‘Hey Jason, it’s two days from Christmas, but I need you to make this custom piece for me for my wife.'”

The rush this time around wasn’t due to poor planning. It was the pandemic. The Lakers’ season wrapped up with the championship on Oct. 11 in Orlando, Florida. On Nov. 5, the league’s owners and the players’ union agreed to start the 2020-21 season on Dec. 22.

Arasheben, an L.A. native who grew up with dreams of playing for the Lakers, designed five NBA championship rings in the past — including rings for the Lakers’ back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010

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