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Kawhi Leonard explains why he’s got ‘middle finger’ emoji on NBA ring

Kawhi Leonard has revealed that he got the middle finger emoji inscribed on his NBA Championship ring.

Leonard was back in Toronto this week for the first time since leaving in the summer following their victorious season.

The 28-year-old was named Finals MVP as the Raptors triumphed over the Golden State Warriors 4-2 to win their first championship.

Leonard only received his ring prior to the match on Wednesday, having left Toronto for Los Angeles before the rest of his former team-mates got theirs at the start of the season.

The small forward was given a brilliant reception by Raptors fans who chanted “MVP” as he was handed the ring by Kyle Lowry.

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And after helping the LA Clippers record a resounding 112-92 win over the Raptors in Canada on Wednesday, Leonard revealed the rather surprising news about what he did with his Championship ring.

“I have a logo in their, and it’s on my middle finger,” Leonard said.

“It reminds me to put it on my middle finger – so I have an ‘FU’ symbol on there.”

Explaining how he helped the Clippers beat a strong Raptors team, Leonard insisted he had to keep his emotions in check and take his time on the ball.

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“I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs with emotions, and as far as going through playoffs and having bad and good games,” he continued.

“It’s kind of like that – kind of controlling it.

“Coming out in the first four minutes and seeing the game plan that they were running, they were playing zonal ball, double teaming.

“When that happens, I’m going to take my time, wait for an open shot and not try to overdo it.”

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Ahead of the game, Leonard, correctly, said his prior connections wouldn’t get the best of him as he walked onto the court to face the Raptors.

“I’ll be thinking about just playing against the team and wanting to win the game, for the most part,” Leonard had told ESPN.

“Just really getting my ring that night. We’re there for one reason: to play the Raptors and try to win the game.”

The Clippers face the Minnesota Timberwolves next, who are having a fairly average season, sitting on 10–14.

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