Slava Medvedenko auctions off two title rings for Ukrainian aid

Slava Medvedenko, a member of two Los Angeles Lakers championship teams in the early 2000s, recently auctioned off his prized title rings to help victims of the ongoing war in his native Ukraine.

For many new Lakers fans, Medvedenko may be an unfamiliar name. However, the seven-year NBA veteran was on two of the storied franchise’s top lists over the past 20 years. These are the teams that won the home championships in 2001 and 2002.

These were the groups that featured the Hall of Fame combo of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, as well as such memorable rotational talents as Robert “Big Shot Bob” Horry, Derek Fisher and Rick Fox. They were two of three teams that won back-to-back titles and were a classic Lakers dynasty.

The championship rings given to each player on the roster are an iconic pair of memorabilia that could fetch wealthy NBA aficionados big bucks. Well, Medvedenko used that value to try and help his needy compatriot this week.

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