The 2020 NBA Finals tip-off tonight featuring LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers versus his former team, the Miami Heat
Although nothing has been ordinary about 2020 itself, this finals matchup features one of the most extraordinary players of our generation: LeBron James.
This finals matchup features two of the most prominent cities in all of America: Los Angeles and Miami.
Two cities that LeBron James is very familiar with.
LeBron James is on his quest for his fourth championship with his third different team.
What will it mean for LeBron’s legacy if he is able to capture the 17th Larry O’Brien trophy for the Los Angeles Lakers?
LeBron James’ friend thinks Lakers championship cements GOAT status
For years now, the debate between who is the real GOAT has been seen on social media, national television and barbershops throughout the world.
In one corner, you have Michael Jordan, who earned the nickname “Air Jordan”, with his filthy athletic ability that turned the heads of millions of American’s during his NBA tenure.
Jordan also went 6 for 6 in the NBA Finals with 6 Final MVP’s.
In the other corner is LeBron James, who is still excelling in his 17th year.
Tonight, LeBron James will be playing in his 10th NBA Finals.
The Athletic’s, Joe Vardon, spoke to one of LeBron’s friends who shared his thoughts on what it will mean if LeBron is able to win this NBA Championship:
“These Finals aren’t about LeBron versus the Heat. These Finals are about his legacy. If he wins, it cements him as the G.O.A.T.”
If LeBron is able to win, it will add another layer of decision to the GOAT conversation as he will be the only player in NBA history to win three championships with three different teams.
The King facing the team he first won with
LeBron James took the league by storm when being drafted as the number 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft.
But, he wasn’t able to capture his first NBA championship until he left Cleveland to go join the Miami Heat.
LeBron, of course, was caught in controversy when he aired “The Decision” on ESPN in 2010 to let the world know he was joining the Miami Heat.
Ten years ago today, LeBron James announced he was taking his talents to South Beach.
“Backstory: The Decision” reveals fresh details behind the controversial ESPN program pic.twitter.com/rQlazr0fkp
— ESPN Player (@espnplayer) July 8, 2020
“I’m taking my talents to South Beach” were the words uttered by LeBron James when he shocked the world.
He is now facing his former team, and said the following about his time in Miami:
“I think every part of anybody’s individual life where they were able to grow, it never leaves you. That’s no different for me having my four years in Miami, being around — with that culture, growing…I grew, and they allowed me to grow. We pushed each other every single day, and like I said, I fit perfectly in that culture because I worked just as hard as anybody else.”
LeBron will once again look to make history in his stoic career in these NBA Finals.
HEAT. LAKERS. GAME 1 WEDNESDAY at 9pm/et on ABC.
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