LeBron James is freshly off helping guide the LA Lakers to an NBA title behind an impressive run through the playoffs. It has brought the Lakers back to glory as one of the top franchises in the league. Following securing a championship, James also revealed what he told team owner Jeanie Buss when he signed with the organization.
LeBron James guides the Lakers to an NBA title
Following a tough test against the Miami Heat, the Lakers secured the NBA title on Sunday night after a convincing Game 6 win.
It wrapped up a highly impressive run through the playoffs for LA that saw them finish with a 16-5 record. LeBron James headed the charge with his stellar play averaging 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.8 assists on 56% shooting from the floor in 21 postseason games.
James stepped it up when the lights were the brightest in the NBA Finals as he averaged a near triple-double with 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists on 58.5 % shooting from the field. That was capped by a triple-double in the series-clinching Game 6 win, which helped him become the first player to win NBA Finals MVP with three different teams.
It was much more than James as Anthony Davis was a tremendous difference maker on both ends of the floor throughout the playoffs. Davis showed his grit through injuries and performed at an elite level. Meanwhile, the Lakers’ role players such as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, and Dwight Howard all played crucial parts in the championship run.
Following winning the NBA title, James revealed what he initially told team owner Jeanie Buss when he joined the franchise.
LeBron James’ message to Jeanie Buss
In the months leading up to LeBron James’ free agency, there was much speculation around his interest in playing for the Lakers. That came to fruition in July 2018 as he elected to join the franchise on a four-year, $153.3 million deal.
James revisited that career-changing move after helping guide the Lakers to an NBA title on Sunday night. Following the Game 6 win, the star forward voiced that he told team owner Jeanie Buss that he would help lead the franchise back to prominence and win a championship.
“It means a lot to rep this franchise. I told Jeanie when I came here that I was going to put this franchise back in a position where it belongs. Her late, great father did it for so many years, and she just took it on after that, and for me to be a part of such a historical franchise is an unbelievable feeling.”
James followed through on his word as he reached that goal in his second year with the franchise. Injuries and inconsistency marred the first season, but the pieces fell into place this year as the front office put together a roster around their stars forwards that helped push them to an NBA title.
It was certainly a lofty goal for the 35-year-old to put forth upon arriving in LA, but he helped make those aspirations come to fruition.
More to come in LA
The Lakers reached the mountaintop once again after their impressive run through the playoffs.
More importantly, it demonstrated that LeBron James still has plenty left in the tank to play at an elite level. James’ performance throughout the playoffs, especially in the NBA Finals, made it clear that he can maintain his high level of play.
The Lakers will likely make a strong push to retain their roster’s core group around James and Anthony Davis. The star big man also has the option of hitting free agency in the offseason, but it’s hard to envision Davis not either opting into his remaining contract or signing a multi-year deal with the Lakers if he opts out.
All that should see the Lakers in prime position to be in the championship picture next season. More importantly, it pushes the franchise back among the cream of the crop in the NBA.