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3 of A.C. Green’s NBA championship rings stolen from his home


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#1 LakersGAFan

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 08:38 AM

That sucks so bad. AC Green is probably the nicest NBA player of all time. The guy is so cool and respectful. He didnt deserve this. I hope police recover them in 1 piece.
 

 

He was never a star performer on the order of teammates Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or James Worthy, but for the first nine years of his career, A.C. Green was an integral part of the Los Angeles Lakers — a rough and ready rebounder and defender at power forward who did the dirty work that helped underpin Pat Riley's Showtime squad as it repeatedly ran deep into the postseason, winning NBA championships following the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons. His hard-nosed play and insane durability — he played in an NBA-record 1,192 consecutive games between Nov. 19, 1986, and April 18, 2001, when he was a member of the Miami Heat — endeared him to fans, inspiring a Laker comeback for the '99-'00 season, where he won a third title as part of the Shaquille O'Neal-and-Kobe Bryant-led team that won 67 games and the first of two straight titles under Phil Jackson.

Never a star, always a hardworking dude who emphasized fitness, spirituality and character (and, yes, sexual abstinence) always willing to do whatever his coach required to help the team ... man, it sucks when a guy like that gets ripped off, as Green recently was in a theft that reportedly cost him three NBA championship rings.

Police suspect the rings were stolen by "day laborers he hired to move some belongings into storage" from his Palos Verdes Estates house, according to Larry Altman of the (Torrance, Calif.) Daily Breeze:

 

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. "

The rings honor two of Green's three championships as a player over the Boston Celtics in 1987 and Indiana Pacers in 2000. The team apparently presented the retired player with a ring in 2009 when the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic for the title, police said. [...]

According to police reports, Green hired the day laborers at Hawthorne Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance on March 20. After the work was done, Green returned home and found that the boxes containing his rings were missing.

 

A fourth championship ring — Green's third as a player, coming as as a member of the 1987-88 Lakers team that went 62-20 and survived seven-game wars against the Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons to claim their second consecutive title — wasn't reported stolen, according to police. Thank heaven for small mercies, I suppose.

Despite the fact that, as Barber notes, it's pretty tough to successfully sell and get actual value for such clearly stolen and easily identifiable merchandise, this kind of thing happens depressingly often.

Philadelphia Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe have both had World Series rings stolen in recent years; former Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Garza's American League Championship ring was robbed, too. North of the border, late Canadian Football League great Bobby Kuntz's 1965 Grey Cup championship ring was stolen during a January home invasion; a month earlier, the same awful fate befell Shelley Chaplin, who had received a ring as a member of the Australian women's national wheelchair basketball team at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

The hope is that Green is able to be reunited with his championship jewelry, as ex-San Antonio Spurs point guard Johnny Moore was after his nephew allegedly stole three rings from him last fall, and as football players John Barresi and Art Donovan were ... although we'd certainly love it if, rather than that process taking 17 or 34 years, he gets it back on a much more expedited schedule, like former Chicago Bear Stefan Humprhies getting his stolen Super Bowl XX ring back within a month of its theft. And if the reunion can coincide with the arrest of the ring's thieves, as was the case when a none-too-bright criminal tried to sell Maya Moore's 2012 Summer Olympic ring to a suburban Atlanta jeweler and was promptly arrested, then so much the better.

So, hey, if you can help that happen, police ask anyone with information about the theft to call the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department at 310-378-4211.

"We put out our bulletin to all the local agencies to get the word out," Barber told Altman. "Now with this story, the public will know and we can hopefully get their help. There are plenty of Laker fans in L.A. who wouldn't want one of the best players who played for them in a long time to lose his rings."

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Edited by LakersGAFan, March 29, 2013 - 08:41 AM.

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 08:45 AM

thats messed up.


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 11:20 AM

thats just wrong...



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Posted March 29, 2013 - 11:32 AM

:( A.C.'s one of my fav players. I hope the police finds his rings!


I'm still mad the Lakers lost to the C's in the Finals a few yrs ago!

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 11:58 AM

Man.... thieves are some of the lowest of low. If we cut people's hands off for stealing like they do out East, I'm sure it would be less of a problem. The person who probably stole it was likely a friend, they have to know where the rings are. Damn, if you're in need of $, maybe just ask Green to borrow some bones instead of stealing the ultimate, what he worked his entire career to achieve....


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 12:01 PM

Yo if ya readin this and have the rings turn em in, be an indirect hero, of sorts. You will be crushed in the pokey by Laker inmate fans, this was just wrong, he more than earned them but some responsibility goes to him for being too trusting, naiive, get a safe or safe deposit box. HUh?



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Posted March 29, 2013 - 12:10 PM

Wow, to do something to a man like AC Green.

How low can people be?

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 12:21 PM

Yo if ya readin this and have the rings turn em in, be an indirect hero, of sorts. You will be crushed in the pokey by Laker inmate fans, this was just wrong, he more than earned them but some responsibility goes to him for being too trusting, naiive, get a safe or safe deposit box. HUh?

4 real. Its like Adam Morrison had a couple rings he didnt earn go steal his and nobody would GAF.


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 01:10 PM

If you're on the team you earned em, they do play in practices and are there to play if needed. Don't steal period!!!

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 04:03 PM


If you're on the team you earned em, they do play in practices and are there to play if needed. Don't steal period!!!


You don't have to be on the team to get one. Accountants, marketing assistants, and pretty much every employee on the business side gets one too.

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