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From November 5, 1971, to January 9, 1972, the Lakers won 33 straight games—an almost unfathomable record never equalled in all of major pro sports history. By season's end, Chamberlain, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Jim McMillan and company had racked up 69 victories, averaged 121 points per game, and triumphed over the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals.
Presented here is Hairston's 14-karat-gold championship ring, boasting Near Mint condition and crowned with a prominent diamond. The Balfour size 11-3/4 ring features shank designs of "HAPPY HAIRSTON," "LOS ANGELES LAKERS," "33 STRAIGHT / 69-13," "1972," the NBA logo and the Forum facade. "LGB 14K" is engraved inside the band. Our on-line research reveals no record for any previous auction sale of a '72 Lakers player's ring.
Hairston averaged a double-double (14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds) during his 11-season career, and he also holds the NBA record of 13 defensive rebounds in a single quarter. In retirement, he founded the Happy Hairston Youth Foundation, which provided college tuition for talented kids from troubled homes. He succumbed to cancer on May 1, 2001, at the age of 58.
1972 Happy Hairston Los Angeles Lakers World Champions Player's Ring - From the NBA Record Win Streak Season
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