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On Sunday, the Lakers won their first championship since Kobe Bryant led them to glory in 2010, which many saw as an apt tribute after Bryant died alongside his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in January.
“To Lakers nation, we have been through a heartbreaking tragedy with the loss of our beloved Kobe Bryant and Gianna,” said Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
“Let this trophy serve as a reminder of when we come together, believe in each other, incredible things can happen.”
James became the first player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP with three different teams, and moved closer to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan’s all-time overall Finals MVP tally of six.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 12, 2020