LA Lakers star LeBron James becomes the first player to win NBA Finals MVP with THREE different teams after sealing his fourth NBA championship with victory against the Miami Heat
- LeBron James won his fourth NBA Finals MVP award on Sunday evening
- The 35-year-old now just trails Michael Jordan’s tally of six with Chicago Bulls
- James won two titles with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers
- REPORT: LA Lakers win record-equalling 17th NBA title with win over Miami Heat
LeBron James became the first player to win NBA Finals MVP honours with three different teams on Sunday and for LA Lakers coach Frank Vogel the Ohio native has cemented his status as the best player ‘the basketball universe has ever seen’.
James’ fourth NBA championship, which came after he led the Lakers to a 106-93 win over the Miami Heat in Game Six, also saw him take home his fourth Finals MVP award.
He trails only Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan, who won six to go with his six NBA championships.
LeBron James holds his fourth NBA Finals MVP award, after the Lakers’ victory on Sunday
James celebrates his fourth NBA title with JR Smith and his Los Angeles Lakers team-mates
The Lakers pose for a team picture after beating the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals
The 35-year-old James, who also won the award during two championship runs with Miami and one with Cleveland, averaged 29.8 points per game on 59 per cent shooting in the Finals while leading a defensive effort that handcuffed the Heat offense in Game Six.
While many still consider Jordan as the sport’s best player of all time, Vogel put James above him.
‘He’s the greatest player the basketball universe has ever seen,’ Vogel told reporters.
‘And if you think you know, you don’t know, okay, until you’re around him every day, you’re coaching him, you’re seeing his mind, you’re seeing his adjustments, seeing the way he leads the group.’
Lakers team mate Kyle Kuzma said James was a driving force on the court and off it.
James averaged 29.8 points per game in the Finals while leading the defensive effort
‘He’s one of the greatest leaders in sports, not just the NBA,’ said Kuzma.
‘He’s always rallying the troops, talking in group chats and making sure everybody’s fine. Holds everybody to a high standard. Makes everybody accountable. Everything you want in a leader.’
James had said bringing the Larry O’Brien trophy back to Los Angeles for the first time since 2010 was his sole focus when he joined in the summer of 2018 after the franchise had fallen on hard times.
‘It means a lot to represent this franchise,’ said James.
James admitted he wanted respect after guiding the Lakers to the NBA title on Sunday night
‘I told (Lakers president) Jeanie (Buss) when I came here that I was going to put this franchise back in the position where it belongs.
‘We just want our respect. Rob (Pelinka) wants his respect, coach (Frank) Vogel wants his respect, our organisation wants its respect, Lakers nation wants its respect,’ he said.
‘And I want my damn respect too.’
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