Larry O`Brian Trophy Replica
The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy is the championship trophy awarded annually by the National Basketball Association (NBA) to the winner of the NBA Finals. The name of the trophy used to be the Walter A. Brown Trophy until 1984.
The current design, depicting a basketball over a hoop and basket, was first awarded in 1977 still under its original name, which changed in honor of former NBA commissioner Larry O’Brien who served from 1975 to 1984. Before joining the NBA, O’Brien was the United States Postmaster General under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1968.
A new trophy was created for the 1977 NBA Finals. The inaugural winners were the Portland Trail Blazers, who defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games.
Unlike the original championship trophy, the new trophy was given permanently to the winning team
and a new one was made every year, similar to the Vince Lombardi Trophy
awarded annually to the winning team of the NFL’s Super Bowl, the Philip F.
Anschutz Trophy, awarded annually to the winning team in the MLS Cup,
and the Commissioner’s Trophy, awarded annually to the winning team of Major League Baseball’s World Series. The 1982-83 76ers were the last team to win the Brown Trophy, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in 1983.
In 1984, the trophy was renamed the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, in honor of Larry O’Brien, who served as NBA commissioner from 1975 to 1984.
The Boston Celtics were the inaugural winners of the renamed trophy,
defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games in the 1984 NBA Finals.
The current trophy is made out of 15.5 pounds (7 kg) of sterling silver and
vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay and stands 2 feet (61 cm) tall.
It is designed to look like a basketball about to enter a net.
The year and team names are engraved on the trophies, which are often prominently displayed in the winning team’s arena.
The trophy is two feet tall and is made of 15.5 pounds of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay.
The trophy is manufactured by Tiffany & Co.
The championship team maintains permanent possession of the trophy (although one exception exists, as described below).
The year and winning team names are engraved on the trophies and are often prominently displayed in the winning team’s arena.
After the sale of the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander to Tilman Fertitta in late 2017, Alexander maintained the ownership of the team’s 1993-94 and 1994-95 trophies as mementos of his ownership.
Thus, the team commissioned Tiffany to create replica versions of both Larry O’Brien trophies (and replacing the 1993-94 trophy,
which was unexpectedly dropped and dented by reserve center Richard Petruška during the celebration), which were publicly unveiled on September 20, 2018
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