WATCH: Lakers Receive Heroic Welcome at Los Angeles After Winning the NBA Championship

Published 10/13/2020, 8:00 AM EDT
Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) holds up the MVP trophy after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The champions have returned home. After a prolonged season, the Los Angeles Lakers emerged as champions in the Orlando bubble. They returned to LA on Monday, bringing home the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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As their plane arrived at LAX, the LAFD (Los Angeles Fire Department) gave them a water salute.

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Once they got off the plane, the players were ambushed by media members and thousands of fans who came to welcome the champions. LeBron James walked in with the Finals MVP trophy in his hands, while Anthony Davis said, “This is even better than the championship, to be back!” Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma also expressed how it felt good to be back, after months in the bubble.

Lakers: Defying all expectations

During the off-season, hardly anyone predicted the Lakers to win it all. In ESPN’s off-season survey, the Lakers received 0 votes to win the title, while the LA Clippers received 13. Even the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets received one each, but none for the Lakers.

“I’m going to say the Clippers right now,” an Eastern Conference scout said. “Certainly I’d understand why someone would say the Lakers, but I don’t trust the Lakers to get anything right.”

And look at how that went. The Lakers destroyed their opponents in the Western Conference to set up a date in the NBA Finals against another team who weren’t fancied to reach this stage, the Miami Heat. Six games later, the Lakers walked away as the champions, ending a decade of title drought.

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The whole team had players who were battling individual criticism. The critics didn’t think that a 35-year old LeBron was championship quality. They doubted whether Dwight Howard could still contribute to an NBA team. And Rajon Rondo’s ability was also questioned. But each of them proved their critics wrong and are now enjoying their championship victory.

Sep 26, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) and forward LeBron James (23) celebrate against the Denver Nuggets during the first half in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers will be hoping that they can return stronger next season and continue to be dominant.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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