After the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game Six of the NBA Finals, praises and sweet words took the social media by storm.
The importance of banner No. 17 was just too enormous for the Lakers, considering the amount of hurdles and heartaches the franchise had to endure throughout the years.
Thanks to a loaded lineup of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo, the team in purple and gold has tied the Boston Celtics with the most number of NBA titles
James took the role of leadership and showed the way for the Lakers, which was highlighted by his triple-double performance of 28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists in Game Six. He was named Finals MVP for the fourth time in his 17-year NBA career.
With that feat, he became the first player to be named Finals MVP under three different teams, formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat.
“Yo, Laker nation! I told y’all last year, when we didn’t make it to the playoff that wouldn’t last very long. I cannot wait to get back to y’all,” said James. “This whole journey, being here in the bubble, without y’alls strength and without your loyalty, it wouldn’t have been possible.”
Heat great Dwyane Wade and Thunder guard Chris Paul, James’ long-time friends, also took to Twitter their good words for their pal and the Lakers organizations.
Many were also touched by the Lakers’ emotional big men Davis and Howard, who both shed tears of joy after winning their first NBA titles.
Basketball stars likewise gave a nod to veteran guard Rondo, a considered x-factor in the Lakers’ title run. “Rondo was the difference in this series,” tweeted Wade.
The Lakers’ 17th title — their first in a decade — was made extra special in honor of Bryant, who perished in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven others last January.
“This one is for you brother, for you Gianna, for Vanessa, for Natalia, for Bianka and for Capri,” wrote Lakers great Pau Gasol, who was Bryant’s duo in the Lakers’ back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, also congratulated the Lakers for the win. “Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this,” wrote Vanessa, adding heart emoji in a photo of Kobe and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.