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LeBron James And The LA Lakers Clinch NBA Championship In Fitting Tribute To Kobe Bryant

LeBron James And The LA Lakers Clinch NBA Championship In Fitting Tribute To Kobe Bryant

You couldn't write it.

The Los Angeles Lakers have clinched their record-equalling 17th NBA championship to cap off one of the most rollercoaster seasons we've ever witnessed.

And there was one man at the centre of it all.

LeBron James celebrates with his Lakers teammates. Credit: PA
LeBron James celebrates with his Lakers teammates. Credit: PA
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LeBron James almost single-handedly guided the team to a 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of their Finals series.

The 35-year-old was pivotal in helping his side see off the likes of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, scoring 28 points to accompany his 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

But it was his performances across all six games which earned him his fourth NBA Finals MVP award as he became the first player in history to win the award with three different franchises.

LeBron James. Credit: PA
LeBron James. Credit: PA
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In a season that included moving 22 teams to the safeguarded zone of Walt Disney World in Orlando during the middle of a global pandemic, no one would argue that it wasn't a fitting finish seeing LeBron and Co lift the coveted Larry O'Brien Championship trophy.

But on top of all that, Los Angeles being crowned NBA champs is the perfect tribute to Lakers legend Kobe Bryant who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash at the start of the year.

LeBron James holds up his Finals MVP award and the NBA Championship trophy. Credit: PA
LeBron James holds up his Finals MVP award and the NBA Championship trophy. Credit: PA

Fans, experts, broadcasters, reporters and former players flocked to social media in the wake of the game.

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They were quick to congratulate the team and pay homage to Kobe as well as shine a spotlight on the records LeBron had shattered in the process.

Unsurprisingly, people immediately sparked the age-old debate of 'LeBron James vs Michael Jordan'.

And you can take whichever side you like, but there's no denying that this day belongs to one man and the passionate Lakers supporters.

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