“The Marathon Continues.” That quote from the late Nipsey Hustle has given hope to all Los Angeles sports teams that even through adversity and challenges the goal of becoming a City of Champions continues. With everything that’s gone on this year in sports we could all use a reason to celebrate. From the Lakers taking home the 2020 NBA Title to the Dodgers winning the World Series, our amazing LA sports teams have certainly given us plenty of cause for cheer! Let’s take a look back on how LA became the City of Champions.
Los Angeles Lakers
The year 2020 is one that Laker’s fans will never forget. It began in January with the helicopter crash that caused the death of the team’s former star player Kobe Bryant — leaving both team members and fans in absolute shock. Despite the emotional toll, the Lakers rallied, earning their 17th NBA Championship in October of this year in the NBA Bubble.
Thanks to stellar performances by LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Rajon Rondo, the Lakers dominated game 6, destroying the Heat with a 36-point lead. Since then, James has agreed to a two-year contract extension while Davis just reached an agreement on a five-year contract. Fans are thrilled about this news and look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the coming years.
Los Angeles Dodgers
This year, the Dodgers also defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to secure the team’s first World Series championship in 32 years. After suffering heartbreaking losses in 2017 and 2018, this was exciting news for LA sports fans.
The team was incredible throughout the entire season. They were able to pull off the win despite unprecedented challenges and a shortened season– including the starting third baseman Justin Turner being pulled just before the eighth inning of the final game, after learning mid-game that he had received a positive COVID-19 test.
Los Angeles Rams Football Team
Not to be underplayed, the Rams are setting themselves up for an incredible NFL season. They’re currently in the top-10 list of teams with the best odds of winning Super Bowl LV on February 7th 2021. It’s highly likely that they’ll get a chance to compete in the 2020 NFL playoffs and may win the NFC West.
If they’re able to pull it off, LA could have a three-peat on their hands! However, even if they don’t, this stellar team has given fans a lot to be proud of this year.
Los Angeles Kings
While the 2019-2020 season was not kind to the Kings, they did have an eight-game winning streak at the end of the season. This, combined with their deep prospect pool, could put them in a position to have an impressive 2020-2021 season.
With a new roster, the team will be poised to have a competitive year and will likely finish ahead of terms like Chicago, Anaheim, and maybe Arizona and San Jose. Could they end up going all the way to the playoffs? Only time will tell. Either way, we’re excited to see what the next year will bring.
Celebrating the City of Champions
These recent victories have given Los Angeles sports fans exactly what we needed! They’ve helped to revive our city and bring us back up to the ranks of renowned sports cities like Boston, Philly, New York, and Chicago.
We’re proud of our teams, our city, and our fans! No matter what happens in the future, Los Angeles will always remain a City of Champions.