January 26, 2020 will be forever marked in the history of sport as the day of the tragic accident that skewed the life of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people. From that very hard moment, the team of his life, Los Angeles Lakers, they set a single goal as their goal: to win the NBA ring in honor of the ‘Mamba’.

They took the first step, precisely, on the day that marked the 8th month of the tragedy. The Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-107 in Game 5 of the conference finals, with a stellar performance by LeBron James: 38 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and 40 minutes on the court. 27th triple-double for him this year.

For the ‘King’ it will be his 10th final, first with the Los Angeles franchise after those achieved with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, although it is not a record in the competition. He still has two left to equal Bill Russell. It is a milestone for the Lakers, who will play their 27th finals of the competition, ten years after the last.

“My teammates said we had to win and it was my responsibility to try to make the plays and the right things on the field to help us achieve wins, but the work is not done“LeBron warned after the game. Excited, possibly remembering Bryant, he knows that much of the options to win the ring fall on him.

Lakers rivals will be Miami Heat o Boston Celtics. Those from Florida are leading 3-2, so everything will be decided in the sixth game: either the greens tie to seek the comeback in a seventh, or LeBron will have to deal with his former team.