Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James noted this was a "very challenging" postseason for him but he was happy that he managed to lead his team to the NBA Championship. On Sunday, the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 to clinch a 4-2 victory in the 2020 NBA Finals.
James had a triple-double double in Game 6 as he scored 28 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. "This was very challenging, and very difficult," James said, per ESPN. "It played with your mind, and it played with your body.
You're away from some of the things you're so accustomed to [that] make you the professional you are. "This is right up there with one of the greatest accomplishments I have." James and Anthony Davis were the key part in Lakers' run winning the championship for the first time since 2010.
"I can't really explain it," James said of what makes his partnership with Davis so special. "It's just certain things you know. In any type of relationship, you kinda just feel, you know, that vibe, you can have that respect.
You have that drive, and sometimes you can't explain what links you with somebody, and that's organic."
James wanted to silence the doubters
At the age of 35, James was named the NBA Finals MVP for the fourth time in his career.
"I think, personally, thinking I have something to prove fuels me," James said. "And it fueled me over this last year and a half since my injury. "It fueled me because no matter what I've done in my career up until this point, there's still rumblings of doubt, or comparing me to the history of the game, and, 'Has he done this? Has he done that?' "So, having that in my head, having that in my mind, saying to myself, 'Why not still have something to prove?' I think it fuels me."
James spent the last three months away from his family and friends but he is now leaving home with his fourth NBA title. "It's probably been the most challenging thing I've ever done as far as a professional, as far as committing to something and actually making it through," James said on NBA Finals media day of playing in the bubble.
"But I'm here for one reason and one reason only, and that's to compete for a championship. That was my mindset once I entered the bubble. ... I've been as locked in as I've ever been in my career."