This is what the 2014 World Cup Championship Ring looks like.
With six members of the 2014 USA Men’s National Team in New York this weekend for the NBA All-Star Game, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo took the opportunity to present them with their championship rings in honor of winning gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
The presentations took place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in between practices for Sunday’s game. The six players who received their rings were World Cup MVP Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) and James Harden (Houston Rockets).
"This is my first ring!" said Kyrie Irving, who also took home the MVP trophy at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
"Our players understand that it took a lot of teamwork, a lot of effort to get that championship," said Colangelo, here with Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins. "This is just a small reward for their participation, and I know it means a great deal to them."
"We’ve seen many of our players go in and have great seasons right after participating in a World Cup or Olympics, and that’s very satisfying,” said Colangelo. As an example, Stephen Curry went from the world Cup to being the leading vote-getter for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game.
"This is the first of many rings for you," Colangelo said as he presented the 2014 World Cup Championship ring to 21-year-old Anthony Davis.
Stephen Curry, James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins check out their rings.
"Whenever we participate, I want the moment of passing out a ring because that means we were successful," said Colangelo. "So we’re celebrating the moment, and then we’ll be getting ready ourselves for 2016. And hopefully we’ll have another moment post-Olympics."
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