Lots of things have changed since the Toronto Raptors won the NBA Finals in 2019. Kawhi Leonard left to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. A global pandemic forced the Raptors to play last season’s home games in Tampa, Florida. And on top of everything, they suffered their first losing season since 2012-13 with a dismal 27-45 record.
But one thing hasn’t changed; Danny Green is still waiting to receive his championship ring.
Danny Green had a memorable season with the Raptors
The Raptors made the move of the 2018 offseason when they acquired Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for DeMar DeRozan and more. But Green also came to Toronto in the deal, quickly proving he was much more than a throw-in.
Green started 80 of 82 games for Toronto, averaging 10.3 points. But he was the definition of a ‘Three & D’ player, hitting 45.5% of his threes and serving as a tough defensive matchup along the wing. He continued to start all throughout the playoffs, as the Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, and Milwaukee Bucks to set up a date with the back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors.
After a spotty Eastern Conference Finals, Green’s signature Raptors moment came in Game 3 of the Finals. The former North Carolina Tar Heel went 6-for-10 from beyond the arc, the second-most threes he had hit in a playoff game, to help Toronto steal the game on the road. The Raptors eventually won the series in six games, adding a second title to Green’s resume following his 2014 victory with the Spurs.
Green is still waiting for his championship ring
Like Leonard, Green was one-and-done in Toronto. The 6-foot-6 shooter signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would go on to win another ring the next season. But Green has yet to receive his Raptors bling.
LA faced the Raptors one time in the 2019-20 season, a November 10 matchup at Staples Center. The two teams were scheduled to face off on March 24, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NBA to postpone the season 13 days earlier. Green was dealt to the 76ers the following offseason, but even on a new team, the veteran only faced the Raptors at home in Philly or at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
It’s not like Green couldn’t have received his ring in the two-plus years since the 2019 Finals. He could have gotten it in the Disneyworld bubble, or even in Tampa. But ultimately, the 34-year-old wanted to accept his ring in front of the fans who embraced him for an entire season.
Danny Green should get his Toronto Raptors championship ring before 2022
It has certainly been a long time coming, and it will have to be just a little bit longer. But assuming there are no major changes, Green should finally get his ring when the Sixers visit the Raptors in Toronto on December 28.
“We waited this long,” Green told TSN. “So a couple more months is not going to be too bad.”
For what it’s worth, Leonard didn’t have any issue getting his ring. The Klaw was honored during a pregame ceremony when the Clippers came to Toronto on December 11, 2019. And Green at least received his 2020 Lakers ring in March when the Sixers visited LA.
The good news for Green is that his two other rings can help keep the display case occupied in the meantime. But his Toronto return should still make for a special occasion.
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