The Los Angeles Lakers poses for a team photo together with the Larry O’Brien Trophy after Game Six of the NBA Finals. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

The Los Angeles Lakers captured their 17th NBA title, their first in a decade since 2010, after defeating the Miami Heat,106-93, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

While many storylines surrounded the Finals series, there were also plenty of light and emotional moments that happened in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida.

From the sidelines, locker room and social media: here’s a list of those moments in case you missed it:

Tears of joy

Lakers big men Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard both had their sentimental moments and shed tears of joy after capturing their first NBA titles.

This was Anthony’s first championship after eight seasons while Howard journeyed 16 seasons for his inaugural title.

Like a boss

Have you seen the Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance?” Jordan smoked a lot of cigars in that series.

LeBron also had one and like a boss, he answered queries from sportswriters in the press room.

Salute to the parents

Finals MVP LeBron James called her mother Gloria via FaceTime while lying on the ground in their locker room.

“Everything that you had been through, everything that I had seen, there’s nothing that can stop me. I hope I continue to make you proud, Mom,” LeBron told her mother.

Davis, during the awarding ceremony, gave a huge shoutout to his proud dad Anthony Davis Sr., who was seen taking a video of his champion son from the bleachers.

The JR Smith effect

It seems JR Smith had taught his teammates to go shirtless in the locker room celebration.

With 15 seconds left, Smith had already taken his uniform off before joining the Lakers huddle of celebration.

Howard, Alex Caruso and Dwight Howard followed suit JR Smith-style while answering questions from the media.

For Mamba

Tributes poured in social media for the late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. A handful of players including Lakers great Pau Gasol paid homage to his long-time pal.

Drunk Kuzma

During the press conference, Kyle Kuzma admitted that he was half-drunk, thanks to those bottles of champagnes. He just kept it real.

Unexpected father-son celebration

In one of the iconic moments in the Lakers’ celebration, looks like Rajon Rondo’s son enjoys sipping some booze.

Netizens were quick to react at that moment and speculated that Rajon Rondo Jr. must be hanging out with Uncle JR a lot.

Confetti angels

While the adults are popping champagnes inside their locker rooms, the daughters of Davis and Markieff Morris shared a light moment and were seen playing with the confetti scattered on the floor.

Green silences bashers

Danny Green, who was the talk of the town during Game 5, clapped back at his bashers with a photo of him smoking a cigar. “Wat they gon say now?” Green wrote.

But seriously, this man showed immense mental toughness despite receiving death threats. And now he’s a three-time NBA champion.

Did the Lakers’ bus leave without two-time champion Quinn Cook?

When the Lakers travelled back from the stadium, Smith noticed that someone’s missing.

“Make a Uturn,” Quinn Cook commented Smith’s Instagram Live. Dion Waiters responded: Man, QC got to fly! Safe travels, two-time champ!

Adebayo’s late night stroll in the bubble comes to an end

On his nightly walks, Heat center Bam Adebayo passes by the Lakers’ victory party in the bubble. “Motivating,” he told ESPN’s Rachel Nicols.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2020/10/12/what-went-down-after-the-nba-finals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-went-down-after-the-nba-finals)