How this ever became a topic for debate is ridiculous — of course Avery Bradley will get a championship ring if the Lakers win a title at the NBA’s restart this season.
Bradley was the Lakers starting two guard for most of the season, bringing quality defense and 8.6 points per game, but opted not to play at the restart in Orlando. Bradley has a 6-year-old son who has had respiratory issues in the past and the NBA veteran prioritized his family’s safety (also Bradley has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement, something he can continue from home).
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka told Avery Bradley he would still get a ring if they won, Bradley said,
“Yes, [Lakers general manager] Rob Pelinka made me aware of the Lakers offering me a ring if they win the championship,” Bradley told Yahoo Sports via phone Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a very kind gesture on their part…
“Will I accept the ring? I’m neither here nor there about it,” Bradley told Yahoo Sports. “I am 10 years in this league. The physical possession of a ring doesn’t make me feel like more or less of a person. I play basketball strictly for enjoyment and to add to the support of my family. Supporting them is exactly what I’m doing right now.”
It is standard practice to give rings to players who contributed during the season even if they didn’t play in the playoffs (usually due to injury). This is a little different with Bradley opting out, but nobody should blame him for putting his family first. He deserves a ring.
That is if the Lakers win one, that other team from Los Angeles, and that other MVP-candidate up in Wisconsin, both may have something to say about that.