This week the Toronto Raptors received their NBA championship ring and so it was only fair Superfan Nav Bhatia got one as well since he has been with the team through good times as well as bad.
“Words do not express what this means to me,” Bhatia said on Twitter, accepting the ring “on behalf” of every Raptors fan around the world.
“Thank you to the greatest organization in sports for how much they care about their fans.”
The ring contains 74 diamonds representing the team’s wins last season on their road to the NBA title. There’s also a massive 1.25-carat diamond featured in the Larry O’Brien Trophy and 16 rubies for the 16 jersey numbers that helped bring the championship to Toronto.
The city’s skyline and the team’s chevron “North” logo are front and centre. The ring was made by Baron Championship Rings and features gold and diamonds sourced from Canada.
“This isn’t just a ring for the Raptors. It’s a ring for the city of Toronto and the country of Canada,” said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who had a hand in designing it. “I think it’s one of the best rings in the history of the NBA.”
The NBA says the customized jewelry set multiple records for championship rings in professional sports, including the most diamonds, the most diamond total carat weight and the largest single diamond ever set.
Bhatia posted several photos on social media of himself smiling with the ring, which was unveiled before the Raptors’ season debut Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.