Lakers owner is giving away replacement rings to ex-players who sold originals to raise money for Ukraine

Again in July, previously Los Angeles Lakers Slava Medvedenko offered his two championship rings to boost cash for his native Ukraine.

Lakers proprietor Jeanie Buss gave him a alternative on Monday.

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Stanislav Medvedenko, #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves the ball up during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center March 31, 2003 in Los Angeles.  The Lakers won 110-94.

Stanislav Medvedenko, #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers strikes the ball up throughout the sport in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies on the Staples Middle March 31, 2003 in Los Angeles. The Lakers gained 110-94.
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Medvendenko offered the rings for $253,534, with all proceeds going to his Fly Excessive Basis, which focuses on repairing athletic services broken within the struggle.

“We wish to restore gymnasiums as a result of the Russian military bombed greater than 100 colleges,” he mentioned The Related Press by cellphone in July. “Our nation wants some huge cash to restore the faculties. Gyms can be final in line to repair it. In Ukraine now we have winter and kids must play inside.”

Medvedenko mentioned he determined to promote the rings after going to the roof of one of many tallest buildings in his Kiev neighborhood and watching rockets fired by Russian forces streak by way of the evening sky.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson talks to No. 14 Stanislav Medvedenko during a break in the game against the Phoenix Suns December 21, 2003 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The Lakers won 107-101.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson talks to No. 14 Stanislav Medvedenko throughout a break within the sport in opposition to the Phoenix Suns December 21, 2003 on the Staples Middle in Los Angeles. The Lakers gained 107-101.
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“In that second, I simply determined, ‘Why do I would like these rings in the event that they’re simply in my secure?'” Medvedenko mentioned. “I simply understand that I can die. After that, I am simply saying that I’ve to promote them, to point out individuals management, to assist my Ukrainian individuals dwell higher, to assist youngsters.”

Medvedenko ran for Kyiv Metropolis Council within the 2020 elections. He was eleventh on the electoral checklist and his celebration solely gained 9 seats.

Along with his humanitarian efforts throughout the struggle, Medvedenko has long-term targets to assist his nation.

“After the win we will certainly come again to the query of adjusting the standard of sport,” he mentioned. “Ten years in the US, I’ve seen the way it works. I hope I take into account the perfect mannequin to rework Ukrainian sport.”

Los Angeles Lakers number 14 Stanislav Medvedenko competes against the Vancouver Grizzlies January 15, 2001 at the Staples Center.

Los Angeles Lakers quantity 14 Stanislav Medvedenko competes in opposition to the Vancouver Grizzlies January 15, 2001 on the Staples Middle.
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Medvedenko joined the Lakers within the 2000-01 season and gained the NBA championship that season and the next.

The Related Press contributed to this report.