1988 Los Angeles Lakers World Championship Ring Presented to Bill Sharman
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Presented here is Bill Sharman’s 1988 Los Angeles Lakers World Championship 14-karat gold ring. The size 10 ring weighs 38 grams, and has a dazzling large diamond smack dab in the center of the face surrounded by 18 smaller diamonds on the perimeter. “WORLD CHAMPION LAKERS 1988” is inscribed around the top. “BACK TO BACK” appears above “1987 & 1988” and a red and blue enamel NBA logo on one side. “SHARMAN” appears above the Lakers logo and “LAKERS 4 PISTONS 3” on the other. The inside is stamped “LGB 14K.”
From 1951-61, Bill Sharman played shooting guard alongside Bob Cousy and helped lead the Boston Celtics to four NBA titles. Many still consider them one of the greatest backcourts ever. As a player, Sharman was the game’s first true marksmen, known for his high shooting percentages from the field and the foul line. He was an All-Star eight straight seasons (1953-60). From 1950-55, he even played minor league baseball in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. When his playing career came to an end, Sharman went right into coaching and promptly guided the Cleveland Pipers to the 1961-62 ABL title in his very first season on the sidelines. After two years as head coach of the San Francisco Warriors (post-Wilt), Sharman transitioned to the ABA where he coached the Los Angeles Stars franchise for three years. In his final season with the Stars (1970-71, their first after relocating to Utah), Sharman led his team to the ABA title. He then took over as head coach of the Lakers in 1971-72 delivered the proud franchise its first NBA championship in Los Angeles and its only title during the Chamberlain/West era.
There are only four two-time inductees in the Naismith Hall of Fame as both player and coach, and Bill Sharman is one of them. He added five more rings as a Lakers executive (GM and Team President) in the 1980’s to become the first North American sports figure to win championships as a player, coach and executive. When you include his ABL and ABA titles, the man won more titles (12) than Bill Russell’s eleven. His immense impacts on the game of basketball include helping to design the three-point line and introducing the “morning shootaround” routine now adopted by every NBA team prior to games. Named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996, Sharman passed away in 2013. His ring displays light wear and is in MINT condition. It also comes with a letter of provenance from his wife.