Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy

Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy

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The Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy is a trophy awarded to the National Basketball Association (NBA) team that wins the NBA Finals at the conclusion of every NBA season.

The current trophy was created in 1977 replacing its predecessor, the Walter A. Brown Trophy. The name of the new trophy design remained the same until the 1984 NBA Finals, when it was renamed in honor of the former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien, who served from 1975 to 1983. Before joining the NBA, O'Brien was the United States Postmaster General under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1968.

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The trophy, made of 14.5 pounds of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay, stands two feet tall. It is designed to look like a basketball about to enter a net. The basketball itself is nine inches in diameter, about the same size as a NBA regulation ball. Valued at $13,500, the trophy is manufactured by the Tiffany & Co. Silver Shop every year. The winning team maintains permanent possession of the trophy. The year and team names are engraved on the trophies, and are often prominently displayed in the team's arena.

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Although the Larry O'Brien Trophy has often been compared with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Stanley Cup, it has never been as identifiable as the NHL trophy. To reduce...
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