LeBron James: ‘I want my damn respect’ after leading Lakers to 2020 NBA title

LeBron James: ‘I want my damn respect’ after leading Lakers to 2020 NBA title

Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles while defended by Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) during the second quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By Scott Polacek

LeBron James is almost universally recognized as one of the greatest players in NBA history, with many believing he and Michael Jordan are the best two in some order.

Yet he still wants his “damn respect.”

Following Sunday’s 106-93 victory over the Miami Heat to clinch the 2020 NBA Finals, James called for respect for the entire Lakers organization. He ended the plea by saying, “I want my damn respect, too.”

James dropped a triple-double in Sunday’s closeout game, finishing with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists while setting the tone from the start. He picked up Jimmy Butler on the defensive side in the early going and worked to get his teammates involved while also finding his own shots and battling on the boards during a dominant win.

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