Lebron James Leads Lakers To First NBA
Title In 10 Years
The Los Angeles Lakers ended a decade-long wait for a 17th NBA title by beating the Miami Heat 106-93 to seal a 4-2 series victory. Finals MVP Lebron James posted a triple-double, scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, with Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo adding 19 points.
The victory ties the Lakers with the Boston Celtics for the most NBA championships.
“It means a lot to represent this franchise,” James said.
“I told [Lakers president] Jeanie [Buss] when I came here that she was going to put this franchise in its rightful place.
“We just want our respect. Rob [Pelinka] wants your respect, Coach [Frank] Vogel wants your respect, our organization wants your respect, the Lakers nation wants your respect.
“And I also want my respect.”
Prior to this season, the Lakers had failed to reach the play-offs for six years in a row, and their long-awaited success comes after a season like no other.
The NBA Finals would have been finished and dusted in the spring had it not been for the global spread of the coronavirus that closed the season on March 11, hours after a pandemic was declared and several players tested positive for the virus.
The season finally restarted on July 31, but with no fans on the court. Played behind closed doors at Walt Disney World in Florida, the players entered a biosecurity bubble, which the Lakers will now leave after more than 90 days away from friends and family.
The Lakers last won an NBA title in 2010 and the six years that they failed to make the play-offs clearly illustrated their fall from grace.
The lowest point came in the 2015-2016 season, when they achieved just 17 wins and suffered 65 losses.
The change was on the way, however, with the firing and hiring at the managerial level, followed by the successful arrival of James, then a three-time NBA champion, from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
That was followed by the signing of Davis in June 2019, with whom James partnered in a partnership that quickly clicked. They led the Lakers to the top of the Western Conference and, ultimately, to the top of the NBA.
James becomes the first player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP with three different teams (Lakers, Cavaliers and Heat). Now with four MVPs to his name, he’s only behind Michael Jordan, who won six.
“Thinking I have something to prove drives me,” James said. “No matter what I’ve done in my career to this point, there are still little rumors of doubt, comparing me to the history of the game …” Has he done this, has he done that? ”
“Having that in my head, telling myself why I don’t have something to prove yet, I think it gives me energy.”