Toronto Raptors And Super Fan Drake Presented With "Largest NBA Championship Ring" Ever
Toronto Raptors presented their players and ambassador Drake with the "largest NBA championship ring" ahead of kicking the season off on Tuesday night.
The reigning NBA champions beat New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in the first game of the new campaign at Scotiabank Arena after raising their banner for last season's success.
And Raptors players were all given their flash new championship rings as well, as is traditional for NBA winners to receive.
Global superstar and Raptors fan Drake also got his hands on one of the rings, and showed it off to his followers on Instagram.
Drake also had his own ring custom designed, which is reportedly worth $150,000, and flashed them both next to each other to his social media followers.
Each ring boasts 14 carats worth of diamonds and more than 650 diamonds in total, both of which are records.
The 1.25 carat diamond that sits on top of the Larry O'Brien Trophy is the largest single diamond on a professional sports ring.
The front of the ring is an illustration of the Toronto skyline and the team's home Scotiabank Arena.
There are 74 diamonds around the Toronto skyline to mark the team's 74 total wins in the regular-season and playoffs last season.
There are six round diamonds above the arena in reference to "The Six", a slang term for Toronto that Drake made famous in his music.
One side of the ring features the player's name and number, while the other side has the Raptors logo and the words "World Champions 2019".
The ring also features 16 rubies, to represent the number of playoff wins, and the 16 jersey numbers of the players who featured in their run to the NBA title last season.
Toronto's key man last season Kawhi Leonard was also in action on opening night for his new team.
Leonard and the Clippers got the better of LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in a battle between two of the early favourites for the title.