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A Brief Overview of NBA Championship Trophies

Written by Super User. Posted in Netball news

The Walter A. Brown Trophy was the trophy awarded to the winning team at the end of each NBA season spanning 1949 to 1977. The victors would keep the trophy for the duration of their winning season and then pass it on to the next season’s winners unless they were able to win the season again.

Most Sports fans and freaks knows that the trophy was first called the NBA Finals Trophy but the name was changed in 1964 to honor Walter A. Brown who founded the Boston Celtics and whom played a pivotal role in merging the National Basketball League with the BAA to form the NBA.

In 1977, a new trophy was made although the name Walter A. Brown was still used. From the 77’ finals, the winner of the NBA season got to keep the trophy and a new one was made each year for the new winners. The first team to win the Walter A. Brown trophy was the Philadelphia Warriors. The Philadelphia 76ers won the 1983 season trophy, which was the last before the name was changed. The name of the trophy was then changed to Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in 1984.

Larry O’Brien was NBA commissioner from 1975 to 1983 and so the renaming of the trophy was meant to honor him. The new trophy standing at 2 feet tall was designed from 14.5 pounds of quality sterling sliver and overlaid with 24-Karat gold. The design is that of a basketball about to go into the net. It is really an impressive piece of work and the names and year of the winning team is inscribed on the trophy.

The Boston Celtics defeated Los Angeles Lakers to win the first NBA trophy after it had been renamed in 1984. Since the name change, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the pack with eight trophy wins, while the Chicago Bulls have six trophy wins.