After a tumultuous season featuring COVID-19 lockdowns, protests and the emergence of new superstars, the NBA’s choice to resume the season at DisneyWorld is being heralded as a huge success. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat on Sunday to capture their 17th championship as a franchise, putting an end to the historic season. With their new championship, the Lakers have now tied the Boston Celtics with the most championships by a single organization in NBA history.
With 17 championships a piece, the Celtics and Lakers are now tied atop the Mount Rushmore of NBA franchises. No other organizations come close to their dominance, with the Chicago Bulls coming in third with just six championships (all during Michael Jordan’s 1990s tenure.) The Golden State Warriors are tied for third with six, while the San Antonio Spurs are alone in fifth place with five total championships.
Many couldn’t see the season ending more perfectly than with LeBron James leading the Lakers to a championship – especially given the tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in January. The Lakers' last title came in 2010, when Bryant led the team to a victory in the Finals against the Celtics. After retiring in 2016, Bryant stayed close to the team and was close friends with many current NBA players.