LeBron James speaks out after Lakers advance to NBA Finals for first time in 10 years

Robert Marvi
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It’s official: After a 10-year absence, the Los Angeles Lakers have returned to the NBA Finals.

After LeBron James’ team closed out the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, 117-107, he gave his thought on moving on to the championship series.

The Lakers will be playing for their 17th NBA championship after enduring one of the worst stretches in franchise history, which included six straight years of missing the playoffs.

It was James’ arrival in the summer of 2018 that awakened the Purple and Gold from its prolonged coma.

He had a monster of a game (38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists) to help L.A. send the feisty Nuggets to the gallows.

If James signing with the team took it off life support, the addition of Anthony Davis last summer was like a heart transplant.

The former New Orleans Pelican had an efficient 27 points despite a painful sprained ankle to cap a wonderful series-long performance.

The Lakers will face the winner of the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics Eastern Conference final series for the world championship.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.