An NBA champion sells his championship rings to help his country | Basketball 123

Iván Holguín López / @ivan_basketball Very few basketball players can afford to say they have an NBA championship ring in their posses

Iván Holguín López / @ivan_basketball

Very few basketball players can afford to say they have an championship ring in their possession, much less have more than one. So it seems obvious that those who own it would like to protect them as much as possible, but there is a case of a player who is going to sell his championship and will do so to support his country.

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This is the Ukrainian, Slava Medvedenko, a former player, is selling his two NBA champion rings to raise funds for his native country, which has been experiencing a war with Russia since the beginning of this year.

Medvedenko, 43, won his two rings in 2001 and 2002 playing alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, at the time of the three-peat (three in a row) of the Californians under the baton of Phil Jackson. Although the Ukrainian was not a fundamental piece within that team, although in general he added 249 commitments, 58 as a starter and averaging just over 13.1 minutes of action. .

Medvedenko said he decided to sell the rings after climbing to the roof of one of the tallest buildings in his neighborhood and seeing the devastation there. “At that point I just decided, ‘Why do I need these rings if they’re just in my safe?’ I recognized that I could die and thought I had to sell them to show leadership.”

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The goal now is to support Ukrainian children by restoring the sports infrastructure of schools in the country, devastated by the war. It is estimated that the two rings can raise about $100,000.