The Los Angeles Lakers are your 2020 NBA champions. After beating the Heat 106-93, guys wearing purple and gold secured the organization’s 17th title, tying the Boston Celtics for most championships in the association.
There are so many narratives surrounding the Lakers’ title run. From it being Anthony Davis‘ coming out party on NBA’s biggest stage to Dwight Howard getting his redemption after his first run in LA being a washout. For every guy, winning this title is some form of validation. For LeBron, it’s yet another bullet point on his all-time great NBA resume, and this time, James has made it clear – he wants his respect!
We just want our respect. Rob wants his respect. Coach Vogel wants his respect. Organization want their respect. Laker Nation want their respect. And I want my damn respect.LeBron James
This is title number four for James, who, in his second season with the Lakers, delivered on his promise of bringing one to the Staples after a decade long drought. He was also named Finals MVP, and with that made another historic achievement.
LeBron averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists over the course of the series, which led him to an MVP trophy by a unanimous 11-0 vote. In Game 6, James put up a triple-double of 28/14/10, reaching such threshold for the 11th time in his tenth Finals appearance, which solidifies him as the guy with most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history. But there’s more.
Along with Danny Green, James joined Robert Horry and John Salley as the only players to win championships with three different franchises. The King became the fifth player in NBA history, behind Bob Cousy, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Scottie Pippen, to lead their team in assists in the NBA Finals for 4+ championships. He also joined Michael Jordan as only players in NBA History to win 4+ Finals MVPs and 4+ regular-season MVPs.
LeBron once again rewrote the NBA history books, in what has been an unprecedented NBA run as a whole. He wrapped it up the best way possible – by winning an NBA championship. Now, after two months spent in the bubble, James and all the guys involved get to go back to their homes and spend time with their families, something they sacrificed for the sake of their basketball legacies. For LeBron and the Lakers, it was worth it, and now it’s time to pick up where they left off with their loved ones; something LeBron had started right away.
An incredible way to end the incredible run that has been the 19/20 NBA season. Onto the next one. Hopefully with more fans in the stands.