The LA Lakers won their 17th NBA Championship in the successful Bubble

🎶 Ballin’ like the Lakers, want a championship 🎶

I’ll admit it: I didn’t believe the NBA Bubble would work. I thought if the NBA brought together hundreds of healthy, young, rich athletes and told them they couldn’t see their families, side chicks, entourages and friends for a few months and they could only eat in their hotel rooms and play basketball, everything would fall apart in about a week. But it didn’t! The Bubble worked! If anything, the Bubble seemed to make many players more hyper-focused. And now the Bubble is over because the LA Lakers have won the NBA Finals. The Lakers beat the Miami Heat in Game 6. This is LeBron James’ first NBA Championship with the Lakers, and fourth ring overall. GOATs gonna GOAT.

The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA champions, defeating the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, winning the best-of-seven series four games to two. It’s the 17th title for the franchise, tying the Lakers with the Boston Celtics for the most all time in NBA history.

This was the Lakers’ first NBA Finals appearance since 2010, when the late Kobe Bryant won his fifth and final NBA title. Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a helicopter crash January 26.

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.”

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.

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TMZ reports that the Lakers Org. is already talking with California and LA County/City officials about how best to celebrate at home. There’s some talk about a car parade, which just sounds like regular LA traffic? But the Lakers definitely want to hold a big event, they’ll just work with local and state authorities on what kind of gathering, parade or party they can throw.

Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant made a statement after the win, and many Lakers referenced Kobe’s passing earlier this year. They really wanted to bring home another title for him, LeBron included.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 12, 2020

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 12, 2020

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 12, 2020

260th playoff game — most in NBA history. Never missed a postseason contest.

He promised. He delivered. Your NBA Finals MVP: @kingjames

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