Lakers Win 17th NBA Title


LeBron James and Kobe Bryant

Drew Hardister, Jornalist

The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship, beating Miami Heat 106-93 in game six of the NBA finals on Sunday night, winning four of seven games.

The Lakers franchise has received this title 17 times, they are now tied with the Boston Celtics for the most titles in NBA history.

This happened to be the Lakers’ first NBA Finals appearance since 2010 when Kobe Bryant won his fifth and final NBA title.

It’s the fourth championship for LeBron James, in his 10th NBA Finals. James previously won two titles with the Heat (2012 and 2013) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2016). On Sunday, he became the NBA’s all-time leader in playoff games played, at 260. He finished the night with a triple-double: 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. He was named NBA Finals MVP, the fourth time he has received this honor.

James is the first player in NBA history to earn NBA Finals MVP with three different teams. Only Michael Jordan has more NBA Finals MVP awards, with six.

“For me to be a part of such a historical franchise is an unbelievable feeling, not only for myself but for my teammates, for the organization, for the coaches, for the trainers, everybody that’s here,” James said on the court.

“We just want our respect. (Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager) Rob (Pelinka) wants his respect. (Lakers head) Coach (Frank) Vogel wants his respect. Our organization wants their respect. Laker nation wants their respect. And I want my damn respect, too.”

Lakers fans celebrating the win (Drew Hardister)

Clippers fan Patty Brown says “Even though they’re not my favorite team I can still give them the win, I’m happy for them.”

Brown also said “I think the Lakers would have won regardless, they were doing it for Kobe this time so the Heat didn’t really have a chance.” she explained, “Even if they weren’t doing it ‘for’ Kobe they would have been trying to prove that they could do it without him.”

This capped an NBA season — which ends just outside of Orlando, Florida — unlike any other, as widespread protests over racial injustice fanned out across the US during the coronavirus pandemic and with a contentious presidential election just weeks away.

While leading his team to a title, James has been a leader among the sport’s most influential players in setting an agenda during the social justice movement.

Overall the Lakers got a well-deserved win not only for their fallen player Kobe Bryant, but for their team, fanbase, and franchise.