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The Lakers are the 2019-2020 NBA Champions

The Los Angeles Lakers add a 17th banner into the rafters of the Staples Center, following a year of loss and struggle for the team, the NBA, and the nation.

In a riveting 4-2 run against the Miami Heat — a team riddled with injury issues as the playoffs progressed into its’ final act — the Los Angeles Lakers are once again, NBA Champions.

Following years of decline and multiple seasons of rebuilding, and the most recent tragedy of the passing of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ 2019-2020 season is one for the history books, and not only due to the nature of the NBA Bubble. In their 52-17 regular season run, the Lakers dominated the Western conference — only truly challenged by the Los Angeles Clippers for the number one seed. Prior to the beginning of this season, the Lakers overhauled their roster to include Lebron James and Anthony Davis — with the duo averaging 54.8 points per game in the Finals.

When the NBA season transitioned to the Orlando Bubble, the Lakers faced mild scrutiny in the earlier games within this new environment, getting off to a rocky start following the season’s long and unprecedented suspension. However, this drastically changed as the playoffs truly started, with the Lakers finishing each of the first three rounds in just five games.

As the Lakers closed out the Finals, beating the Heat 106-93 in Game 6, the most expected prophecy for the 2019-2020 NBA season came true, with the most known team in all of sport bringing home the championship. Lebron James won MVP, Anthony Davis received his first ring — alongside multiple other first-ringers on the Lakers’ roster — and a prominent figure was found in Rajon Rondo, who seemingly awakened his late 2000s and early 2010s form during this playoff run.

In the shadow of Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s horrific passing, a deadly global pandemic, and a rocky start to the NBA Bubble, the Lakers perceived and can now parade around the Larry O’Brien Trophy, as well as add another banner into the rafters of the house that Kobe built. As of now, the 2020-2021 NBA Season is up in the air, dependent on the trends of the pandemic, with an option being that the entire season is played in a bubble. However, as other sports open arenas to fans as the fall and winter of 2020 progresses, we could very well see in-person games next season.

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