Editor's note: the video in the player above is from Aug. 6, 2020.
Suffice to say, the fourth NBA championship ring ceremony of LeBron James' career was unlike any other before it.
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While James' Los Angeles Lakers received their championship rings prior to their season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, fans were unable to attend the contest due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Instead, each player was presented with a video tribute from friends and family, with James' including a message from his family, as well as a surprise appearance from students from his I Promise School in Akron.
"Thank you for all you do for our foundations and keep up the hard work," one student said.
"Keep up the hard work," said another, before several students told James: "We are family."
James was then "presented" with his fourth championship ring by his mother, uncles and three children, via video.
Launched in 2018, the I Promise School is designed to help at-risk children with a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Since launching, the LeBron James Family Foundation has continued to grow the presence of the school, with the creation of the I Promise Village, as well as the recent purchase of the Tangier restaurant, which it plans to renovate into a multipurpose facility.
As far as Tuesday's game was concerned, James kicked off his 18th season in the NBA by tallying 22 points, five rebounds and five assists before sitting out the final eight minutes of the Lakers' 116-109 loss with a rolled ankle.