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Watch Lakers get championship rings in fanless but emotional ceremony

LOS ANGELES — It felt bizarre, watching the Lakers get their championship rings in a socially-distanced ceremony inside an empty Staples Center, with NBA Commissioner and Adam Silver and team owner Jeanie Buss talking about repeating the ceremony when fans could again fill the building. The Lakers’ 17th banner is up at Staples Center, but with a sign over it that says “Stay Tuned Lakers Family” — the formal unveiling will come later, again with fans in the building.

It didn’t make it any less emotional.

Using family members in pre-recorded messages shown on the scoreboard above the court, the Lakers passed out rings to their championship team from 2020. It is some serious bling.

LeBron James heard from his family, but also students at his I Promise school in Akron.

Here are some other highlights of the night. You can see a video of the entire ceremony above.

The night’s emotions clearly hit the Lakers, who came out a little flat to start their season opener against the Clippers.