At 35, LeBron James is far from stopping writing history in the NBA. This Sunday, the star led the Los Angeles Lakers to the 17th NBA title by finishing the decisive series against the Miami Heat 4-2. With the trophy, shirt 23 won his fourth league champion ring, in addition to being also once again elected the most valuable player (MVP) of the finals.
However, throughout his career, there were times when the star had to prove himself. Despite being recognized as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, the winger drew attention in his speech, after winning the individual award, for asking for recognition for his achievements.
“I want the damn thing to respect me too,” said LeBron, referring to the fact that he was a major contributor to the Lakers’ new conquest. “We just want our respect. Rob (Pelinka, general manager) wants your respect. Coach (Frank) Vogel wants your respect. The organization wants your respect, the Lakers nation wants your respect. And I want my damn respect. . “
In the decisive match, the Lakers showed ample dominance, with an aggressive and intense first half defensively, which gave them a good advantage, which was only managed until the timer zeroed. LeBron ended the duel with a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and ten assists, being the basket of the match that ended in 106 to 93.
“I told Jeanie (Buss, owner of the Lakers) when I arrived that I would put this franchise back where it belongs,” said the veteran. “For me, being part of a great and historic organization is an indescribable feeling. Not only for myself, but for all my colleagues, for the team, for the technicians … Everyone who is here,” he added.
With the 17th NBA title, the Los Angeles Lakers now tie with the Boston Celtics as the league’s biggest winner. The California team reached this season in its first final since 2010 and, in the last year, had not even managed to reach the playoffs, even with the recent arrival of LeBron. Redesigned, the franchise again occupies the top of the league.