ORLANDO (CCN) — LaBron James will face off against his old team Wednesday night in Orlando's COVID-19 bubble as his Los Angeles Lakers start the 2020 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
James won two NBA championships during his four-year stay in Miami before returning to Cleveland where he started his pro career after high school. James also won one title after going back to the Cavaliers before signing last year as a free agent with the Lakers. This year's appearance in the NBA Finals marks the ninth time in 10 years for James who missed the playoffs during his first year in Los Angeles last season.
James, 35, is in his 17th pro season.
He helped the Lakers move past each of the first three rounds of the 2020 playoffs in five games. James sealed their berth to the NBA Finals after his historic triple-double performance in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets. He joined Hall of Famer James Worthy as the only players to register a triple-double effort in the playoffs with at least 35 points and 15 rebounds.
ORLANDO (CCN) — The Miami Heat, despite being the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs, advanced to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
It will be South Beach against Hollywood as the Heat won 125-113 over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 Sunday night to eliminate the Celtics. Bam Adebayo led the way with a 32-point performance that included grabbing 14 rebounds.
It will be a return to the NBA Finals for the Heat who won back-to-back championships before LeBron James left town. James now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
DETROIT (CCN) — With the COVID-19 crisis still ongoing, voters need safe options for the upcoming election, and the Detroit Pistons continue to assist those efforts. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem recently unveiled a voting drop box that sits just outside the Henry Ford Pistons Performance Center located in the New Center neighborhood. Michigan residents can submit absentee ballots to locations around the state. The PPC receptacle is one of 30 in the city of Detroit that will be available daily until Nov. 3.
Tellem did the honors in cutting the ribbon and afterward Benson noted the Pistons’ civic engagement since owner Tom Gores and the organization said words were not enough to address calls for change in the wake of George Floyd’s death in late May. “The Pistons were one of the first teams to step up and say we want to be part of making democracy work this year,” Benson said. “That’s what the Pistons believe in and dedicated their work to, and they’ve just not talked the talk, they’ve walked the walk."
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