How would you react if all your wildest dreams came true? That’s the moment the Toronto Raptors found themselves in as players unboxed their NBA championship ring on Tuesday night. The crowd at Scotiabank arena was in awe as the returning champs showed off their next-level swag, bringing everyone in Toronto right back to that moment in June when they won it all.
It wasn’t just the fact that the Raptors were finally getting their rings that had fans in awe; it was the sheer size of them. According to Global News, Toronto’s NBA champion rings are one of a kind, setting a record for being both the largest and most expensive in the history of the league.
“I would say that it is definitely the most valuable ring ever created in the NBA,” Hosford said. “I think that’s the accurate description of that,” said the President of Baron Championship Rings during an interview with the media outlet.
As exciting as it was to see fans stunned by the giant rings, it was even more heartwarming to see the reactions on players' faces as they saw their hard work wholly recognized. From Serge Ibaka’s swagged out unboxing video to Fred VanVleet’s childlike giddiness, the Raptors opening night was full of great moments.
Best unboxing video ever #nbachamps 💍 https://t.co/Pgz1bOg82q— Serge Ibaka (@Serge Ibaka)1571804985.0
Thoughts on the ring, @FredVanVleet? https://t.co/kMIHXUUWIA— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1571799825.0
With all of the heartwarming moments, it seems that fans couldn't get enough of the players rocking their new swag.
@Raptors Now that's how you rock it. #WeTheChamps— DeGuy (@DeGuy)1571833865.0
@Raptors Last night brought back all the feels 👍— GC legend (@GC legend)1571833941.0
@Raptors https://t.co/Ew9czECJGk— Outsiders Int. (@Outsiders Int.)1571834105.0
@Raptors Find someone who looks at you the way @Klow7 looks at that georgeous ring #WeTheNorth— Joakim (@Joakim)1571833955.0
@sergeibaka 🤩 https://t.co/fZTRcxvLxt— TCM (@TCM)1571805187.0
So, who was behind the super rings? Well, none other than Raptors veteran, Kyle Lowry. “I think the reaction for me was more [about] how happy and excited everyone else is going to be and in shock and kinda in awe,” Lowry, who helped design the rings, told TSN.
“That’s the reaction that I had, and I think that’s going to be the main reaction, where everyone is going to be in shock. That’s why I was happy about the ring and the design because, legit, everyone is going to be in awe.”
The Royal Canadian Mint also announced on Tuesday that it would be selling two new Toronto Raptors coins to commemorate the team’s 25th season.