All players in the NBA have one goal every season: winning a championship. That Larry O’Brien trophy remains ever-elusive and many greats never get to wear a ring. From Charles Barkley, to John Stockton and Karl Malone, many stars have failed to capture a ring and the illustrious fanfare that comes with it. As certain stars age and decline, their role on a team changes.
It becomes less about their talent and more about their experience. Usually that decline in talent includes a decline in playing time, production, etc. Some might call this process of moving on to a new team “chasing a ring” or they might call it a smart move to add to a career. Call it what you want, but count the rings. From “The Chief” Robert Parish to Juwan Howard, here is A History of Aging NBA Stars Piggybacking Their Way to Rings.