Last night the Los Angeles Lakers won their first title in 10 years, the 17th of an incredible journey that continues to teach us invaluable lessons, cementing the purple and gold colors as one of the most respected and winning franchises in the history of the sport.
We must not forget what the Lakers had to endure to get to where they are this morning, waking up after a night celebrating a hard-fought Championship.
10 years of rebuilding, disappointing game losses and even last year’s missed playoffs were all eclipsed earlier this year by the disappearance of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and 7 other beautiful souls.
Kobe’s passing shook the world of sport and beyond, deeply impacting the Lakers organization. He was much more than a respected figure and mentor to the players, he was a big brother, a close friend, he was family.
The loss of a loved one is one of the hardest pains to bear, and one of the hardest to get up from. Yet, this Lakers team turned the grief and pain of loss, and made it their strength. They honored Kobe, Gianna, the Bryant family and all of Laker Nation with something much more important than shared grief: they turned it into hard work, sweat and a sense of purpose that propelled them to the franchise’s 17th NBA Championship.
“It’s better to conquer grief than to deceive it.” — Seneca
The 2019-2020 Lakers conquered grief and turned it into their higher purpose. Collectively, the organization decided to take that seemingly insurmountable obstacle, the loss of their big brother, their mentor, and best friend, as well as the city’s most respected athlete ever,and turned it into their biggest strength.
“The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius
And not just that, Lebron & Co were league leaders when it came to fighting for social justice, using their voice and influence to turn the floodlights on the inequality that still permeates the very fabric of our society today. They did so from a bubble, distant from family and friends, in the middle of a pandemic, and despite a Championship to fight for. In fact, they often put their responsibility to do what was morally right over their desire to play the sport, willing to forego a possible Championship win to do so.
“Obstacles are not only to be expected but embraced. Embraced? Yes, because these obstacles are actually opportunities to test ourselves, to try new things, and, ultimately, to triumph. The obstacle is the way.” — Ryan Holiday
Let the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2019-2020 season be an inspiration to us all. Tragedies, even death, are part of the course with living life. Accidents, unfortunate events and losses happen, but what remains important is to focus on what we can control and that is finding ways to turn adversities into new possibilities, of turning even the darkest of situations into a shining light of hope, purpose and intention.
But the lessons we draw from in these Finals would be incomplete without giving the Miami Heat a very deserved mention. Not many people expected them to reach the Finals. This young team faced adversities and a tough road to get there and then had to endure the injury of two of their best players in Game 1. They persisted, they fought hard and gave it their best. Ultimately, what more can you ask than that? It will be important to see how they take this tough loss and rise from it in seasons to come, just as the Lakers did in the last few years to get where they are today.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers for an incredible season and their 17th NBA Championship!
P.S. In honor of the Lakers win we have released a VERY Limited Edition Purple Anti Techno Techno Club tee. The tee is only $24 today and will go back to the normal retail price of $29.99 by tomorrow. We are also donating 100% of today’s proceeds to the Mamba and Mambacity Foundation in support of Kobe Bryant’s legacy.