Today marks exactly one month since the NBA Bubble crowned the LA Lakers champions—the historic franchise’s 17th title, tying the Celtics for the most all time. The 2020 NBA Bubble had everything a sports fan could ask for; game-winning buzzer-beaters, emerging superstars, and historic moments from some of the best players to ever touch a basketball.
Above all, the NBA successfully operated an unprecedented bubble in at Disney in Orlando for more than four months, and finished with 0 positive COVID-19 tests. That’s right, not one single case.
Take a bow, Adam Silver
As commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver deserves credit as the creative mastermind behind the bubble. Although many NBA employees worked hard to make the bubble possible, Silver oversaw the successful experience and kept safety—not profits—the main priority.
After the bubble ended, Silver expressed his gratitude to all essential workers who made the bubble possible; media and production members, food service workers and chefs, and other essential behind-the-scenes workers.
As icing on the cake, Silver threw in a $1,000 bonus and extra paid time off for NBA employees.
A defining politics-in-sports moment
After the brutal murder of George Floyd, NBA players led by example and spoke out against continued American problems of racism and police brutality.
In the bubble, their efforts did not slow down or stop. In addition to wearing “Black Lives Matter” warm-up shirts, the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Magic after police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back.
Other NBA leaders like Chris Paul, LeBron James, and Jaylen Brown continued to use their platform to speak out against racial injustices, and even helped register citizens to vote, turning NBA stadiums into voting centers on election day.
The arrival of Jimmy Butler
Despite a Finals loss, Jimmy Butler proved he is natural-born leader and one of the most skilled players in today’s league. In the 2020 Finals, Butler averaged 29 points, 8.6 rebounds, 10.2 assists, and 2.6 steals. In Game 3, Butler posted his first-ever playoff triple-double (40 points/13 assists/11 rebounds) and kept Miami within reach of the title.
Butler silenced his haters, who claimed he was a “locker room cancer” in Minnesota and Chicago, and is in a position to dominate the East next year.
The NBA still belongs to King James
LeBron captured his fourth NBA championships and fourth Finals MVP, averaging 30.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 1.2 steals. LeBron’s critics like to point out he is 3-6 in the Finals, but Bron proved why he’s still the king of the league, and one of the greatest players in NBA history.
Other Laker players stepped up in a major way, including AD, KCP, and (Playoff) Rondo, who became the first player to ever win a ring with both the Celtics and Lakers. Above all, the Lakers won their first championship since 2010 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed away in January.
Shout out to all the players, employees and behind-the-scenes workers who made the NBA bubble possible, as we all witnessed a historic end to the 2020 season in the midst of a global pandemic.
With the 2020-2021 season just 41 days away, gear up for another legendary season as all 30 teams get ready to go!