The Los Angeles Lakers conquered a record-tying 17th NBA Championship on Sunday with a 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat that closed the best-of-seven title series 4-2. This restored the legacy of the team to the top of the basketball world.
LeBron James led the Show
The Lakers’ victory brought them on the same level as the Boston Celtics for most NBA championships and clinched an extraordinary season that began in July at a spectator-free campus at Disney World in Florida after a four-month COVID-19 lockdown.
LeBron James, MVP of the finals led the way for the Lakers, bagging in 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists for the team while spearheading a defensive masterclass that neutralized the Heat’s offense.
The Lakers, who won their first title since 2010, also got a major contribution from Rajon Rondo acting as the veteran point guard delivered an early offensive burst that supported them to a 28-point halftime lead and the Heat never threatened again.
“It means a lot to represent this franchise,” said James, who joined the team in the summer of 2018 after they had missed the playoffs five seasons in a row.
“I told (Lakers president) Jeanie (Buss) when I came here that I was going to put this franchise back in the position where it belongs.”
“We just want our respect. Rob (Pelinka) wants his respect, coach (Frank) Vogel wants his respect, our organization wants its respect, Lakers nation wants its respect,” he said.
“And I want my damn respect too.”
Social Issues Circling the Season
The championship win terminates a more than 90-day stay for the Lakers inside the NBA’s bio-secure bubble.
It was also the end of an emotional season for the franchise after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant lost his life in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others near Los Angeles in January.
Racial justice issues were revolving around since the beginning of this season’s NBA. Players were wearing slogans such as “Vote” and “Education Reform.”
The death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody in Minneapolis in May, instigated nationwide protests and led to various calls for reform among players and the public.
“We all want to see better days and when we leave here, we have to continue to push that,” James said.
“Continue to push against social injustice, continue to push against voter suppression, continue to push against police brutality, continue to push against everything that is the opposite of love,” James said.
“If we continue to do that – all of us – America will be a much better place,” he said.
“We all love this country.”
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