Lakers Championship and LeBron’s Dynasty

Jack Engel, Section Editor

On October 11th, 2020, LeBron James and the LA Lakers won the NBA championship. This was the Lakers 17th championship title, and Lakers star LeBron James, 5th championship title. After beating the respectable Miami Heat in game 6, the Lakers solidified their dominance over the NBA after having an impressive record of 52-19. LeBron James was named finals MVP, which is understandable after James averaged 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists. However, all credit can’t go just to LeBron, LeBron’s counterpart, Anthony Davis, was a tremendous leader throughout the series. Davis averaged 29 points, 9 rebounds, and about 4 assists during the series. This Duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis was simply the headline of the playoffs. The Duo together scored over 1000 collective points during the playoffs, this impressive stat begged the question, is this the best duo the NBA has ever seen?

 

Since the championship, analysts have been mulling this question over and over, often comparing the duo to an impressive company such as Shaq and the late Kobe. Often in these conversations, analysts choose LeBron and Anthony over the historic duo. The argument against Shaq and Kobe cites that LeBron and Anthony’s size and speed would simply overpower the already impressively large Shaq and Kobe. It seems that the Lakers organization can expect a bright future, seeing as Davis just chose to opt-out of his free agency option and is expected to sign a 5-year contract with the Lakers Organization.

 

Despite the debate over LeBron and Anthony’s place next to the greats, LeBron does not seem to care too much about it. In fact, LeBron credited the team’s success to the recently passed Kobe Bryant. LeBron posted a picture of him wearing a Kobe jersey exclaiming “Hope I made you proud my brother!! Love and miss you Champ”. This championship was more than just a basketball game for LeBron and the Lakers, it was a way to honor greatness.