With the information that has been coming out recently, it appears that the NBA will be returning to wrap up the 2020 season. However, only 22 of the 30 teams are expected to be going to Orlando for the return in late July. If you happen to be a fan of one of the eight other teams and you’re not sure what team to root for, the Los Angeles Lakers might be that team.
Considering everything that has happened so far in 2020, the narrative fits too perfectly for the Lakers to be the champions. From the coronavirus to the George Floyd situation, everybody in America would agree that 2020 has been a crazy year. However, something that many people may be forgetting is the tragic death of Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, back in January. Kobe is a player that is highly respected by many players in the league who are dedicating their seasons to him. However, nothing would be more satisfying, after a year with such adversity, than seeing Lebron James lift up the Larry O’Brien trophy in honor of Kobe Bryant, an all-time great that won the Lakers a championship before him.
Speaking of Lebron, love him or hate him, seeing him win the championship this year would make things very interesting. Since there has been no basketball these last couple months, the NBA media has been having a lot of debate about if Lebron is the greatest of all time over Michael Jordan. ”The Last Dance” documentary, about Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, that came out recently only heated this debate even more. The details of this documentary reminded and/or educated many NBA fans about the greatness of Jordan. If Lebron and the Lakers were to disappoint in the playoffs this year, the case for James being the G.O.A.T would be much harder to make. On the other hand, if Lebron went on to have a very impressive championship run, at age 35, the debate would become much more interesting for both sides. In my opinion, it would be a big win for this generation of basketball because they will likely be remembered as part of the “Lebron Era”.
A 2020 Los Angeles Lakers championship would be good not only for Lebron’s legacy, but other great players as well. It would be the first ever ring for several players, including Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis. Both of these players have been chasing a championship for some time now and a ring would be well-deserved. Additionally, it would be the first ever championship for the young Kyle Kuzma and the fan-favorite, Alex Caruso.
While there are a lot of NBA fans that would like to see an upcoming NBA star like Giannis Antetokounmpo or Luka Doncic lead their teams to a championship, these players will get their turn. Whereas, it may be much more entertaining to see a legend like Lebron James have one last great run that will be remembered forever.