The Los Angeles Lakers secured their 17th organizational title on Sunday after defeating the Miami Heat 106-93.
After the game, Lakers’ star LeBron James sat down with teammate Anthony Davis and ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to discuss the highs and lows of bubble-life and winning his fourth championship.
Both James and Davis credited the Lakers’ win to long nights spent together playing video games and team chemistry.
But although Davis played excellent in the Finals, all eyes were on James when he lifted the Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy – shouting “I want my damn respect.”
“At the end of the day, there’s always going to be disrespect,” James said via UPROXX.
“There are people that still doubt me, even at this point in my career, and they’re going to continue to do that as long as I put on a uniform, which I’ve realized. But being with (Davis), and being with those other 13 guys on the floor, it doesn’t matter. It drives me, so I appreciate it. But at the end of the day, if I’m making Anthony and my other 13 teammates proud, nothing else matters.”
As for the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) debate, James says he’s not going to argue with anyone that says Michael Jordan is greater than him.
That’s not for me to question, or wonder, or debate. I think that’s what you guys will do,” James said.
“For me personally, I just have a way that I play the game. I have a way that I lead. I have a way that I challenge my guys and challenge myself. But more importantly, at the end of my career, I just hope I made a lot of people proud, for the way I approach the game. That’s all that matters to me. There’s going to be debates. That’s what it’s all about. We call it barbershop talk. People are going to do it.”