Two NBA Championship rings once pawned off by former embattled NBA star and Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom are scheduled to hit the auction block soon.
Heritage is estimating that the rings will haul in $50,000 or more.
Both rings feature engraved portraits of Odom on the left shank (quite an uncommon feature) and are loaded with diamonds. In fact, the 2009 ring, which the Lakers won by defeating the Orlando Magic 4-1, weighs in at 75 grams and features the Larry O’Brien Trophy on the face with the Lakers logo in the background.
The ring comes in the original display case and also features the Lakers regular season record (65-17) and the results of each playoff series engraved inside along with “XV” roman numerals to signify franchise championships for the Lakers (15).
The 2010 ring offers similar style and grandeur. The face features a Lakers logo with matching Larry O’Brien Trophies on both sides of it. One of the shanks again features a portrait of Odom with the words “Sweet Sixteen” under.
The other shank details the team’s journey through the playoffs by displaying the series victories and the final score (83-79) of its game seven victory over the Boston Celtics. The ring weighs in at 69 grams and comes in the original display case.
These back-to-back titles signified the pinnacle of Odom’s career, who was once drafted fourth overall out of St. Thomas Aquinas (Conn.) and spent 14 seasons in the league before high-profile issues off the court, and even a brush with death, ended his career.
In fact, it was those very off-the-court issues that allowed the rings to reach the auction block. Odom pawned off the rings for a few hundred dollars and never retrieved them.
Now 40, Odom last played in the NBA with the New York Knicks in 2014.
The auction, which includes hundreds of other sports memorabilia items and high-end cards, will close over a two-day period on Feb. 22-23.