You remember A.C. Green, right? He’s the physical power forward out of Oregon State who was drafted straight into the middle of Magic Johnson’s Showtime Lakers and picked up some rings as one of the game’s better role players. Or, maybe you know him the guy who played in a ridiculous 1,192 straight games. Or, maybe you remember him as the sexual abstinence guy (which you can, but don’t forget the guy could flat out play).
He’s also the owner of three NBA championship rings… or he was.
Three NBA championship rings were stolen from the Palos Verdes Estates house of former Los Angeles Lakers star A.C. Green, apparently by day laborers he hired to move some belongings into storage, police said Thursday.
Each gold ring, encrusted with diamonds and bearing the name and No. 45 jersey number of the Showtime-era forward, is estimated to be worth $25,000.
“To him, priceless,” Palos Verdes Estates police Sgt. Steve Barber said. “They are worth a lot of money, especially to somebody who is a collector. It’s going to be really difficult for somebody to pawn it off. “
Green was a member of the 1987, 1988 and 2000 Lakers championship teams. He also told police he was given a ring for the 2009 team for his role working with the players as an unofficial coach.
Those rings have more value as a collector’s item than broken down and sold for the gold, diamonds and other jewels. But as Sgt. Barber noted, try to sell that and people now will know exactly who they belong to and where they came from.
Here’s hoping he gets them back.