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Duke's championship rings are more flashy than functional

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Miles Plumlee could only find one flaw with the garish new championship rings members of last season's Duke team received during the Friday night "Countdown to Craziness" event.

"I don't know if I can wear it out anywhere," the Duke big man told Yahoo! Sports' Jason King. "I'll have to wait until I go to something fancy to wear it. It's so flashy."

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Judging from the above photos shot by DukeBluePlanet.com, Plumlee's correct that Duke's championship rings were meant to be seen but not worn.

Adorned with a sparkling blue Duke logo and four matching stones commemorating the program's quartet of national championships, the rings also have each player's last name and number etched on the side. Each ring was presented to its owner in a wooden jewelry box that also included a silver-plated watch with a Duke logo and the words "National Champions" etched into the dial.

Although the Duke rings may be gaudier than North Carolina's last year or Kansas' in 2008, they're subtle, understated and conservative in comparison to what NBA teams get for winning a championship.

Each Lakers player on the 2009 championship team received a massive ring with 14 diamonds and a golden Lakers logo on the top and a laser-engraved image of his face on the side. The box containing the ring even had some Hollywood flair, with two built-in LED spotlights illuminating the ring, which itself was mounted on a rotating mechanical platform.

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