Kobe Bryant

Some companies give watches or plaques for 20 years of service.

When you win the Los Angeles Lakers five championships, you get a different sort of gift: A diamond-crusted retirement ring designed as an homage to your career.

On the day of his retirement, Lakers owner Jeanie gave both Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, with stunning rings that you can probably see from space:


In total, the ring features nearly five carats of solid diamonds on a ring made of white and yellow gold.

Here's a closer look, from the designer who made the ring:


Each ring features five large diamonds, which represent the five championships Bryant brought the organization, along with 20 smaller diamonds -- one for each year he played with the team.

Other personal touches to the ring include his name, his two jersey numbers over the years -- 8 and 24 -- and a snake skin etching referring to his nickname, Black Mamba.

Not as awesome as a title ring, but it'll do.

More NBA: Kobe Bryant: See Him Through The Years

Inside Staples For Kobe Bryant's Last Game

 

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Laker fans are ready to show the love.

 

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It's a superhero giveaway, complete with helicopter, which is a tribute to the way Kobe commutes from his home in Orange County to Staples Center.

 

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Shoes designed specifically for this night.

 

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This is the final time he will use this locker.

 

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The media-to-players ratio was at the level of the NBA Finals.

 

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Fox 11's Liz Habib interviews long-time Laker fan Dyan Cannon.

 

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The build-up to the opening tip continues.

 

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Magic Johnson weighs in.

 

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Laker Girls wait for their cue.

 

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Magic makes the rounds.

 

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Metta World Peace has his own style of limbering up.

 

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Magic is still making the rounds.

 

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Custom paint job.

 

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Bryant family is in the house.

 

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Jay-Z interacts with some fans. (Yeah, his back is turned, but trust us, that's him.)

 

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Even warmups are a spectacle.

 

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Last roundup for Kobe's wife and kids too.

 

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Jazzing it up with lights before Bryant lights up the Jazz.

 

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Hey, it's Shaq!

 

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Ready to join the other numbers.

 

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Larger than life.

 

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Sixty points later ...

 

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Final presser.

 

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It is all over, even most of the shouting.

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