LeBron James re-wrote the record books as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-93 win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 to secure the franchise's 17th championship.
He turned in another finals masterpiece, recording his 11th Finals triple-double, with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists, and after bringing the Lakers their first title since 2010, he had a simple message for everyone watching on.
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"It means a lot. It means a lot to represent this franchise," he said during the trophy presentation.
"I told Jeanie [Buss, Lakers owner] 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 part of such a historical franchise is an unbelievable feeling, not only for myself, but for my team-mates, for the organisation, for the coaches, for the trainers, everybody that's here.
"We just want our respect. Rob [Pelinka, Lakers GM] wants his respect, coach [Frank] Vogel wanted his respect, our organisation want their respect, Laker Nation want their respect and I want my damn respect too."
"I want my damn respect too."- ESPN (@espn) October 12, 2020
-LeBron James 👑 pic.twitter.com/yswlex0U8M
With his fourth NBA championship under his belt, LeBron created history, becoming the first player ever to win Finals MVP with three different teams, following his triumphs in Miami (2012 & 2013 and Cleveland 2016.
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Through six games against the Heat, in his 10th Finals appearance, LeBron played at an elite level averaging 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 8.5 assists on 59.1% shooting from the field and 41.7% from the 3-point line.
As the confetti fell and the champagne flowed, the 35-year-old says he just wants to continue to keep delivering for his teammates.
"One thing I can do is commit to the game. I put myself, my body and my mind in position to be available to my team-mates," he said. "I've never missed a playoff game in my career and the best thing you can do for your team-mates is be available.
"For me to be available to my team-mates and put in the work, I just hope I make my guys proud and that's all that matters to me. I make my guys proud, make the fan base proud, my family back home, I can't wait to get back home to them, Akron, Ohio, we did it again and that's what it's all about."
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