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The 2020 NBA Finals and What it Means for LeBron James’ Legacy

By Kevin Daniel and Ashwin Krishnathasan

Photo credit: ClutchPoints

After the electrifying 6 game series against the Heat, Lebron James and company finally won the 2020 NBA Finals.

When LeBron closed out this series, and won the Larry O’Brien trophy, he became the third player to do so on 3 separate teams (as illustrated in the image above). Additionally, when he won Finals MVP along with the ring, he became the first player to achieve that feat with those same 3 teams. Moreover, he also became the second player to win a championship in both the Eastern and Western conferences. He was beaten to the number one spot by Kawhi Leonard when he won in the west with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, and last year in the east with Canada’s very own Toronto Raptors.

With LeBron’s name being engraved into that stat, he earned the chance to change the narrative around his 15 years of dominance due to playing in a weaker Eastern conference. He put that argument to sleep this year when he successfully came out the west with the Lakers, and won the Finals, along with the Finals MVP. Furthermore, he put a rest to the debate between himself and Larry Bird, which finally crowned James as the greatest small forward to play the game. Additionally, when LeBron secured this Finals win, it further solidified his case in the discussion of the greatest basketball player of all time, which mostly revolves around him, Micheal Jordan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabar. This is because LeBron became the 9th player to ever win 4 or more titles and FMVPs, joining that elite club consisting of players like Micheal Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabar.

Most notably, his 4th ring this year allowed him to get redemption for missing the playoffs last year, which ended his triumphant streak of 8 consecutive Finals appearances from 2011 to 2018.

Therefore, when LeBron won the 2020 NBA Finals, it truly commemorated the return of King James.

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