Denver’s Ball Arena hosted its first NBA ring ceremony and banner presentation on Tuesday night as the Denver Nuggets welcomed the Los Angeles Lakers to open the 2023-24 season.
After a long offseason, the Nuggets finally received the rings to commemorate their 53-29 season and 16-4 postseason run to the franchise’s first title.
Jason Arasheben, CEO Jason of Beverly Hills, designed the rings with this in mind.
The rings were not only designed to be the first of their kind but also to honor the Nuggets’ historical season with attention to detail.
‘The face of the ring, for the first time in ring history, is interchangeable,’ Arasheben told Nuggets.com. ‘Meaning you can change the color with just a switch of a lever. We have a lever that goes from 1967, the team’s inception, to 2023, the championship year. Once you switch it over, it goes from blue sapphires to white diamonds on the face of the ring.’
The Denver Nuggets were given championship rings that boasted multiple special features
Jason Arasheben, CEO Jason of Beverly Hills, spoke about the ring’s intricate design details
The ring has each player’s last name, jersey number and the team battlecry ‘bring it on’ embedded on the right side. Meanwhile, the left side shows the words ‘World Champions’ over a silhouette of the Denver Skyline enclosed by a basketball.
Another new feature is a retractable compartment on the right side of the ring that reveals the championship banner now hanging on Ball Arena’s rafters.
‘Over the years, rings have gotten bigger and bigger and bigger. And there’s only so big you can go,’ Arashaben said.
‘And although this is a big ring, it’s a flashy ring, what makes me most proud about this ring is the two unique innovative features that we put into this ring that’s never been done before. It’s very hard to recreate and innovate a new feature. But on this ring, we innovated new features, which is something that I’m very proud of.’
Aside from the interchangeable backdrop on its face and and the hidden banner, the ring also details important numbers from the Nuggets’ season.
The ring boasts 16 carats of diamonds, rubies, and blue sapphires representing the Nuggets’ colors and the number of postseason wins it took to win the NBA championship
The Nuggets lifted their first championship banner before playing the Lakers on Tuesday
The face of the ring shows the Larry O’Brien trophy behind “NUGGETS” written with 24 points of yellow diamonds–representing the 24 years at Ball Arena. The iconic pickaxes on the team’s secondary logo also appear on the ring behind a golden mountain range.
The ring also features 89 red rubies in a row encircling the top of the ring– representing the number of points the Nuggets held against the Miami Heat to win Game 5 of their NBA Finals series.
Tuesday’s Western Conference Finals rematch was preluded by an array of cheers when Altitude host Vic Lombardi summarized the Nuggets season ahead of the ring presentations.
The Denver crowd erupted after Lombardi bullet-pointed the Nuggets sweeping the Lakers to advance to the NBA Finals.
But the cheers got even louder as their players each received their tokens. Christian Braun, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Aaron Gordon, Michael Porter Jr., Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic and company, one by one, made the walk to center court to accept their rings.
Jamal Murray averaged 21.4 points, 10.0 assists and 6.2 rebounds throughout the NBA Finals
The Nuggets won their first championship as a franchise, beating the Miami Heat in 5 games
Eager to return to the court as champions, the Nuggets kept the ceremony and speeches brief.
‘On behalf of my teammates, training staff, coaching staff, the management,’ Gordon addressed the crowd, seemingly holding back tears. ‘We just wanna say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for experiencing this journey with us. Thank you for coming out, supporting tonight and all season long on our road to repeat.’
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone reiterated the Nuggets intentions to win another title this season.
‘Last year was amazing, we got one ring,’ Malone said. ‘Who wants another?’