Story by Lorenzo Serrato, Sports Editor
Photo courtesy pexels.com
While the Coronavirus has effected many professional sports across the country, the NBA was successfully able to wrap up this wild and unforeseen season. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers captured their 17th NBA Championship with a 106-93 victory over Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat.
All of the drama in this tight series took place at the NBA’s designated bubble, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This unprecedented location was sought after by the NBA when COVID-19 took the country by storm.
NBA’s commissioner Adam Silver stated how proud he was of not just the Los Angeles Lakers, but for the entire league as a whole. “We found a way to play through a pandemic, keep everyone safe and put a spotlight on these critically important [social justice] issues,” Silver said. “For that, every team deserves to be celebrated.”
As if playing through a pandemic was tough enough, the sports industry and the Lakers lost the iconic and legendary Kobe Bryant earlier this year in a horrific helicopter accident. Honoring Kobe with a championship was a great tribute to the future hall of famer.
Ending this 10-year drought was a long time coming for the Lakers. LeBron James and center Anthony Davis displayed dominancy over the playoff stretch. LeBron took home the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award, as his greatness continues to shine across the league.
With the help of veteran players such as Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, JR Smith and many others, the Lakers had no issues taking down the underdog Miami Heat.
James went on to finish the finals averaging 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game. LeBron stated, “We just want our respect”, he commented shortly after Game 6. “And I want my damn respect too”