He was forced to wait a little longer than his former team-mates, but Maryborough’s Matthew Dellavedova has his hands on an NBA championship ring.
The former Bendigo Junior Braves guard was mobbed by former Cleveland team-mates after receiving his prized piece of jewellery from Cavaliers general manager David Griffin on Thursday (AEDT).
Griffin was knocked aside as Cavaliers players rushed to swarm Dellavedova.
Dellavedova, 26, left Cleveland after winning last season's title and most of his fellow 2015-16 champions received the ornament pre-game at their season opener against New York in October.
Dellavedova, a fan favourite at Cleveland for his tenacious playing style, was forced to wait until his new team Milwaukee played at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.
But it wasn't the greatest night for the Boomers point guard or his Bucks, who went down 113-102 thanks to 29 points to Cleveland superstar LeBron James and a game-high 31 from Kyrie Irving.
Starting point guard Dellavedova had two points and three assists and fellow Australian Thon Maker three points and three rebounds coming off the bench.
It was their second loss to the defending champions in as many days after they went down in overtime at home on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).