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The Los Angeles Lakers gave Slava Medvedenko replacement NBA championship rings after he sold his originals to raise money to those affected in Ukraine by the war.

Last August, former Los Angeles Lakers player Slava Medvedenko sold his two NBA championship rings to help relief efforts to those in Ukraine effected by the war.

Specifically, all proceeds went to his Fly High Foundation, and the funds would be used to help Ukrainian children that were affected by the war.

During a Lakers fan event on Tuesday, team president Jeanie Buss presented Medvedenko with two replacement championship rings after he sold his originals for charity.

Lakers governor Jeanie Buss just presented Slava Medvedenko with replacement championship rings at a Lakers fan event after he sold his to help his home country of Ukraine fight the war against Russia. pic.twitter.com/qOdRWomV5w

— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 24, 2023

Slava Medvedenko receives replacement NBA championship rings after selling originals to raise money for Ukraine war efforts

On Aug. 5, Medvedenko put his 2001 and 2002 NBA championship rings up for auction. SCP Auctions announced that each ring sold for $126,767, bringing the total amount raised to $253,534.

Specifically, the Fly High Foundation was created to help children in Ukraine and to “return physical activity to their daily lives through restoring the destroyed sports infrastructure of Ukrainians schools and launch a network of social sports clubs.”

In addition to raising money for Ukraine, Medvedenko served in Ukraine’s territorial defense forces, which is  reserves force for the country’s military.

Medvedenko joined the Lakers in 2000, and spent six seasons with the team. He was part of the 2001 and 2002 NBA championship teams led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in his first two years with the team. He last played for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2006-07 season.

In his six years with the Lakers, Medvedenko averaged 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds while recording a field goal percentage of 45.1.

After auctioning off his two championship rings to help the children of Ukraine, Medvedenko was rewarded with two replacements by Buss.

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Lakers vs. Celtics player prop bets for Saturday, January 28 (Lebron vs. Boston)

It’s been a tough stretch for the Boston Celtics, they’ve lost their last three and now Lebron is heading into town. The Lakers are still under .500, but Lebron and Anthony Davis are getting healthy and slowly, but surely the Lakers are looking better.

Can LA, steal one from Jayson Tatum and the Celtics in Boston? They’ll need big games from their stars to do it, but I’m sure Tatum and Jaylen Brown won’t go down without a fight.

Let’s bet a couple of props for this one, here are my three favorites.

Lakers vs. Celtics Best NBA Prop Bets
  • Anthony Davis over 20.5 points (-105)
  • Lebron James over 6.5 assists (-138)
  • Jayson Tatum over 5.5 assists (+114)
Anthony Davis over 20.5 points (-105)

On Thursday night, Julius Randle scorched the Celtics for 36 points and now it’ll be Anthony Davis’s turn to beat up Boston inside. AD had 21 points off the bench in the Lakers win over San Antonio this week, and I think he’ll be even more impactful against high-level competition. Davis is coming back from injury, but is averaging 27.2 points a night, so there’s value here.

Lebron James over 6.5 assists (-138)

Lebron has become a scorer in his later years, mostly out of necessity, but tonight I think he might revert back to the pass-first mentality that made him so great for so many years. Lebron had 11 assists last game and with the return of AD and the trade for Rui Hachimura, the Lakers are slowly surrounding Lebron with more talent.

Jayson Tatum over 5.5 assists (+114)

Boston’s offense has cratered since Marcus Smart got injured and they’re 0-3 without him. Tatum is a real MVP candidate, but if he wants to be considered as one of the very best guys in the NBA, he needs to fit whatever role the Celtics need. Right now, they need playmaking, and I think he’ll provide it.

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