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Sports Raptors receive rings and 2019 championship banner unveiled before season opener

03:51  23 october  2019
03:51  23 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Kyle Lowry’s return will mean the Raptors are getting serious about the regular season

  Kyle Lowry’s return will mean the Raptors are getting serious about the regular season There’s nothing like a little age and wisdom and experience to add some pizzazz and purpose to the final week of the NBA pre-season for the Toronto Raptors. With only a week remaining until the emotional banner-raising, ring-distribution night that will put a final exclamation point on the team’s championship run, there will be a welcome sense of normalcy to practices and the final pretend game. Kyle Lowry should finally get back on the court and join the other veterans who’ve been resting a bit and coasting a bit since training camp began late last month in Quebec. Finally.

The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors will raise their championship banner and receive rings during their 2019 -20 NBA regular season home opener 11. Leonard helped Toronto to its lone NBA title last season , winning Finals MVP honours in the process, before leaving for his hometown

The Raptors received their championship rings and unveiled their championship banner prior to Tuesday's season opener against the Pelicans. The side of the ring features the player's name and number. The opposite side features "World Champions 2019 " above the Raptors ' logo.

Kyle Lowry talking into a microphone © Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors enjoyed one last celebration of their 2019 title on Tuesday night.

The players received their championship rings in a ceremony before the regular-season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Raptors' championship banner was also unveiled before an adoring sellout crowd at Scotiabank Arena.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver was joined by the players, team president Masai Ujiri and members of the team's ownership group, front office and coaching staff for the ceremony.

The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors last spring in a six-game final to win the NBA title for the first time in franchise history.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2019.

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Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

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