Well, you could make the case that it was meant to be when the Los Angeles Lakers made it to the Conference Finals with relative ease. On the other side the Miami Heat had an easy time until they got to the Conference Finals, but they certainly deserved to be in this position. If it was under normal circumstances, maybe Miami wouldn’t have made it this far and maybe the outcome would have been different. To me it doesn’t matter since the best team clearly was the Lakers.
This isn’t to take anything away from what Miami accomplished. Jimmy Butler proved to a lot of NBA observers that he should be among the ‘best players in the league’ argument. What he did in Games 3 and 5 with the injuries Miami had was astonishing. Even if the Heat had a completely healthy roster, the Lakers had something they didn’t. Two of the best overall players in the league today.
You need to have at least two top tier players to win in today’s NBA. The Lakers had that all season in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo proved to be valuable pieces down the stretch and the once maligned Dwight Howard completely changed his game and persona to win his first championship.
This was LeBron’s fourth title and he has won the Finals MVP all four times. This certainly adds to his legacy of bringing a title to every franchise he has played for. Anthony Davis being in the prime of his career won his first title and should be in line for getting more before his career is over. For all the talk about the players, head coach Frank Vogel did a great job with this group. I thought of him as a great coach when he was with Indiana, but it didn’t work out there nor in Orlando afterwards. It was good to see him get another shot and he was the perfect man for this job.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers on winning their 17th championship in franchise history.