LeBron James says “there is no extra meaning” to facing Heat in NBA Finals

LeBron James
Nov 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5) defends as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) makes a three point basket during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2020 NBA Finals matchup against the Miami Heat comes with a variety of off-court storylines in addition to the actual gameplay. Chief among them is LeBron James seeking his fourth championship on his third team against the franchise he won his first two titles with.

James’ exit with the Heat in 2014 was not under the best terms – he and Pat Riley allegedly had a falling out that contributed to LeBron returning to Cleveland for four more Finals appearances. Still, LeBron was nothing but complimentary to the Heat organization and Riley on Tuesday’s Finals media day. Most notably, he pushed back on the idea that this title would mean more to him because it would come against his former team:

It’s pretty clear that LeBron isn’t looking to add any unnecessary spin to this series besides the on-court product. He even took time to praise Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who he famously clashed with early in his Heat career before ultimately winning two championships together:

It’s been pretty much all love between the two teams in the media over the last few days as they gear up for the Finals. We’ll see if that will be the case after game one Wednesday night.

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