Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Dion Waiters received his championship ring Friday night and took to Instagram to show off the impressive hardware.
Replete with a spinning turntable, the ring is said to have 17 purple amethyst stones—to commemorate the franchise’s 17 championships—and is the most valuable championship hardware ever manufactured.
Since it’s unlikely you received one in your Christmas stocking this year, check out Waiters’ bling for yourself:
View this post on Instagram
Though the Lakers did not to re-sign the guard in the offseason, Waiters was unable to attend the team’s championship ceremony earlier this week. Primarily serving in a reserve role with Los Angeles during the league’s bubble in Orlando, Waiters was the second bench player no longer with the Lakers to have received his ring via delivery, joining JR Smith, who is also a free agent. Besides the two players, the franchise additionally sent former President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson a ring, as a gesture of goodwill, given his role in luring LeBon James to the franchise.
While it is unclear if Waiters will eventually join an NBA roster this season, the wing player was clearly overjoyed at receiving the paraphernalia, writing on his post that he had dreamed of this moment since he was seven years old.
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the mercurial Waiters has had an up-and-down journey despite his obvious talent. At one point revitalizing his career with the Miami Heat, Waiters was eventually jettisoned from the franchise as a result of his poor shot selection, and belief that the Heat were attempting to “sabotage” him.
Regardless of his past troubles, Waiters is now in possession of the ring he has always aspired to holding. That he can gift the prized possession to his mother makes it that much sweeter.