NBA players, media react to Lakers winning NBA title over Heat

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 11: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 11: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Current and former players alike were thrilled LeBron James and the Lakers won the 2019-20 NBA title.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame some long odds and some emotionally draining tragedies to take down the Miami Heat in six games to win the 2019-20 NBA title. Sensing the gravity and historical impact of what just happened, players from around the league took the time to congratulate LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the rest of the Lakers.

Jamal Crawford, who saw time with the Brooklyn Nets this season, congratulated both the Heat for a tough playoff run and the Lakers for sealing the deal.

NBA players, media react to Lakers winning title

Milwaukee Bucks superstar and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo congratulated his brother Kostas, who spent most of the postseason on LA’s bench.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul realized what a historic accomplishment this was for the Lakers.

Dwyane Wade might be a Miami Heat legend, but he was just as concerned with giving LeBron his due after the game.

Former Laker Pau Gasol noted that the specter of Kobe Bryant is looming over this win, as he made sure that Kobe and Gianna’s influence on this title wasn’t forgotten.

Former NBA guard Baron Davis did the same, claiming that this title was won for Kobe.

Memphis Grizzlies Rookie of the Year Ja Morant summed up his feelings by tweeting out “Kobe” with a snake emoji.

James Worthy won three championships in his day, and he was thrilled to see the Lakers get their first in more than a decade.

Former Lakers superstar and executive Magic Johnson noted the Lakers tied the Boston Celtics in total titles with 17.

“Undisputed” host and Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe, known for his Laker fandom, couldn’t wait to join the rest of the fans celebrating this historic title.

While LeBron and Davis getting rings are worth celebrating, Complex made sure we didn’t forget another future Hall of Famer in Dwight Howard picked up his first ring.

Los Angeles Sparks guard Te’a Cooper, who is engaged to Howard, took the time to soak in the Lakers’ title.

Former President Barack Obama not only showed his appreciation for the Lakers and Seattle Storm winning titles but also took note of all the work done to combat social injustice in the NBA bubble.

Even in the storied history of this franchise, this title stands out as one of the most impressive and difficult to earn given the circumstances.

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