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Marc Gasol got ‘Grit&Grind’ engraved on Raptors championship ring

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Toronto Raptors big man Marc Gasol had his championship ring engraved with “GRIT&GRIND,” the motto he, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen encompassed during their time with the Memphis Grizzlies.

If you pause the ring making video at 50 seconds, you can see what each Raptors player engraved their ring with:

Gasol was acquired by the Raptors at the February trade deadline from the Grizzlies, a franchise he played 769 games for. Gasol’s transition to the Raptors wasn’t always smooth, but he’s now an NBA champion, joining his brother Pau Gasol, who won two rings with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gasol averaged 12.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Raptors in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. The three-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year shot 44.7 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 92.3 percent from the free-throw line.

By adding an NBA title to his résumé, Gasol has pretty much locked up a spot in the NBA Hall of Fame. It’s incredible to see how far Gasol has come since he made his NBA debut back in 2008 with the Grizzlies.

Gasol exercised his $25.6 million player option for this season with the Raptors. He will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.