The Toronto Raptors' championship celebrations are still not over. The team welcomes back its NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard for the first time on December 11 with the Los Angeles Clippers in town. And it's going to be a special day, as fans are being asked to be in their seats early to watch a special Kawhi Leonard ring presentation ceremony.
Kawhi will finally be getting his dues in front of Raptors fans on Wednesday night, according to multiple sources including The Athletic's Blake Murphy.
Gates open at 6 p.m. on Wednesday for the 7 p.m. tip-off. But fans are being asked to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. so they too can watch as their former hero is honoured.
It was revealed back in October that Kawhi would be getting his own championship ring along with his title-winning teammates. In fact, his ring actually stands to be bigger than the rest, on account of his massive hands. The Klaw, indeed.
Now, he'll be officially presented with it on Wednesday.
This will already be the second time the Raps have faced off against their ex-teammate, but it's the first time Leonard will be back in Toronto since heading back to Cali over the summer.
He'll likely be well-rested, too, after he was kept out of the Clippers' clash with the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
Kawhi Leonard will be presented with his ring in a special pre-game ceremony Wednesday. The Raptors are asking fans… https://t.co/kOkjgeJuEB— Blake Murphy (@Blake Murphy)1575926775.0
The last time the team saw Kawhi felt like a heartwarming reunion.
There was a neat moment on the court, too, as the Clippers man tracked back to check on his pal OG Anunoby after unintentionally catching him in the face with those previously-mentioned massive hands.
At Wednesday's ceremony, we should all be prepared for some more serious emotions.
It might also bring up mixed feelings for some, though.
Kawhi undeniably played a larger role in the title-winning season, but some Raptors fans were saddened to see former key pieces such as Jonas Valanciunas ignored in the ring stakes.
Tip-off starts at 7 p.m. against the Clippers, so if you're not one of the seriously lucky ones who'll be in the arena, you know when to tune in. Well, a little earlier than 7.
Look out for some revived Kawhactus costumes, too.