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Mark Cuban Spared No Expense For Championship Rings

In an emotional ceremony Wednesday night, the nine remaining players from last season's title team, as well as JJ Barea, now with Minnesota, and Peja Stojakovic, now retired, received their championship rings.

The ceremony was delayed this season because Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wanted input from his players on the rings' design, and he was barred from communicating with them over the summer due to the lockout.

But they certainly seemed worth the wait, as Cuban spent $1.5 million total on the rings, which feature 250 total diamonds weighing 91.7 grams in all.

Video of the ceremony, as well as pictures of the rings, after the jump: posted the entire 15-minute ceremony on YouTube:

For a closer look at the rings themselves, check out this 15-photo slide-show from the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Caron Butler will get his ring on Feb. 13 when the LA Clippers come to town, with the Denver Nuggets Corey Brewer (Feb. 15), the New Jersey Nets DeShawn Stevenson (Feb. 18) and the New York Knicks Tyson Chandler (Mar. 6) right behind him.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.