17th championship for the Lakers, Fourth NBA title for Lebron James and the end of a 10-year wait.
By Sumitra Naidoo
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 11 of VARSITY News.
On Sunday, 11 October the Los Angeles Lakers claimed their 17th NBA championship title with a 106-93 Game 6 win over Miami Heat. The game saw LeBron James post a triple-double to secure the teams win and put them back at the top of the basketball world.
James predicted, and it proved to be true, that this year’s title would be “the toughest title to ever win”. Many challenges came with playing pro-basketball this year. Players, coaches and team staff had to live in the NBA’s quarantine ‘bubble’ in Orlando, Florida for four-and-a-half months without interacting with the outside world due to risk of being infected with the COVID-19 virus. The Lakers also suffered the loss of Kobe Bryant in January who led them to their last title in 2010. They dedicated their win to Kobe and Gianna (Kobe’s daughter) with both Anthony Davis and LeBron James dedicating special messages to Kobe.
James is 1 0f 4 players in NBA history to win with three different teams and in addition to claiming his fourth championship ring, he was also named Finals MVP after posting series averages of 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists across the series. Miami Heat didn’t go down without a fight as they proved dominant in Game 3 and 5 respectively with performances from Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler standing out, however, by halftime of Game 6, the Lakers were just too dominant for them as they were leading by 64-36 and ended their season off with the best record in the Western Conference.