It might not have been LeBron James' preference to do so, but for the second straight year, the Miami Heat opened the NBA's regular season with a ring ceremony celebrating the NBA championship they'd captured four months earlier.
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Before tipoff of the Heat's season-opening matchup with Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls at AmericanAirlines Arena in South Beach, NBA Commissioner David Stern presented James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, head coach Erik Spoelstra and the rest of the Heat with some pretty fancy rings celebrating their 2012-13 NBA championship. The ceremony began with a "spectacular video display [transforming] the surface of the HEAT court into a 3-D projection screen," onto which the team projected video clips from Miami's stellar 2012-13 regular season, which included a historic 27-game winning streak, and their postseason run, which included thrilling seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs.
Watch the ceremony below:
And here, via the Heat's Instagram feed, is a closer look at the jewelry itself:
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