NBA Championship Trophy Replica
The NBA trophy is 2 f tall and is made of 15.5 lbs of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay. The trophy is manufactured by Tiffany & Co. The championship team maintains permanent possession of the trophy (although one exception exists, as described below). The year and winning team names are engraved on the trophies, and are often prominently displayed in the winning team’s arena.
After the sale of the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander to Tilman Fertitta in late 2017, Alexander maintained the ownership of the team’s 1993-94 and 1994-95 trophies as mementos of his ownership. Thus, the team commissioned Tiffany to create replica versions of both Larry O’Brien trophies (and replacing the 1993-94 trophy, which was unexpectedly dropped and dented by reserve center Richard Petruška during the celebration), which were publicly unveiled on September 20, 2018.
The NBA trophy was originally referred to as the NBA Finals trophy, but was renamed in 1964 after Walter A. Brown, the original owner of the Boston Celtics who was instrumental in merging the BAA and the National Basketball League into the NBA in 1949.
The original NBA trophy was awarded to the BAA/NBA champions from 1947 to 1976. The trophy was kept by the winning team for one year and given to the winning team of the following year’s finals, unless the previous team won again, much like the NHL’s Stanley Cup, which continues that tradition to this day.
The initial winners of the trophy were the Philadelphia Warriors, who defeated the Chicago Stags. From 1957 to 1969, the Celtics won the NBA Finals 11 out of 13 times, including eight consecutive wins. The final champions of the trophy were the Philadelphia warriors, who defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1983 NBA Finals. In year 1984, the trophy was renamed the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
A new NBA trophy design was created for the 1977 NBA Finals, although it retained the Walter A. Brown title. Unlike original NBA championship trophy, the new trophy was given permanently to the winning team and a new one was made every year.
In year 1984, NBA trophy was renamed to the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, in honor of Larry O’Brien, who served as NBA commissioner from 1975 to 1984.
The current NBA trophy is made out of 15.5 pounds of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay and stands 2 feet (0.61 m) tall. NBA trophy is designed to look like a basketball about to enter a net. The team name and year are engraved on the trophies, which are often prominently displayed in the winning team’s arena.
The Boston Celtics were the inaugural winners of the renamed trophy, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games (4–3) in the 1984 NBA Finals.