LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have defeated the Miami Heat for the team’s 17th title. Ratings were down drastically, but it was still an important milestone for James himself. And you can’t forget the story line of winning an NBA championship after the passing of Kobe Bryant.
James finished the night with a triple-double (28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists), leaving no doubt for Finals MVP. The four-time MVP now has Finals MVPs with three different teams, a feat that has never been accomplished in the NBA.
Most want to discount the title, but having no fans in attendance did nothing to help the Lakers finish the deal. The team earned home court only to have it undone by COVID regulations. It still didn’t matter. Twitter has already speculated that the title re-opens the GOAT debate, but it remains closed for most old heads.
The accomplishments of LeBron James from this point forward won’t matter, and he should be OK with that. Winning a subjective argument for greatest player ever is an impossibility, especially since he will never face off against the Michael Jordan of the late 1980s and early 1990s. LeBron will be the GOAT of his era, and Jordan will be the greatest of his.
Two incredible basketball players that are officially etched together on Basketball’s Mount Rushmore.