Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James, who left the Miami Heat returns six years later to play his former team in the finals on Wednesday, September 30 at 9 p.m. ET.
James’ parting with the Miami Heat and Heat president Pat Riley was complicated, as Riley helped to build James into a champion on the court and shape his world view. One of the greatest executives in the history of the league, Riley created a culture in Miami that pushed the team forward through adversity. Riley was one of the reasons that James joined the team. And when James left Miami for Cleveland Cavaliers, there were those who told James he was making the biggest mistake of his career.
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But in the intervening six years after leaving the Heat, he led the Cavaliers to the 2016 title. He remains a driving force in the Lakers bid for the championship and recruited Anthony Davis to form a dynamic duo that has propelled the team forward.
It will be the third time an All-Star has faced his former team in the NBA Finals:
- LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) vs. Miami Heat in 2020
- Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) vs. San Francisco Warriors in 1967
- Ed Macauley (St. Louis Hawks) vs. Boston Celtics in 1957
Meanwhile, after James left the Heat, the team has had a near-complete turnover on the team, with the only Udonis Haslem remaining. The team focused on player development in a remarkable story of team building. Miami recruited Jimmy Butler, drafted and developed Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, and found undrafted gems Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn. Erik Spoelstra also has emerged with a strong season.
NBA Finals Lakers vs. Heat
Game 1: Wed, Sept. 30 Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9:00 (ABC)
Game 2: Fri, Oct 2 Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9:00 (ABC)
Game 3: Sun, Oct 4 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 (ABC)
Game 4: Tues, Oct 6 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat, 9:00 (ABC)
Game 5*: Fri, Oct 9 Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9:00 (ABC)
Game 6*: Sun, Oct 11 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 (ABC)
Game 7*: Tues, Oct 13 Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers, 9:00 (ABC)
*TBD if necessary
NBA Basketball Finals live streaming channels 2020 Reddit
How To Stream the NBA Playoffs Lakers vs Heat Finals
Don’t miss a single play of the 2020 NBA Playoffs or Finals! There are plenty of video streaming options to fit your preferences and budget.
Hulu is Best for Watching NBA Playoffs and Finals Live
Hulu’s Live TV plan includes all the channels you need to watch the Conference Finals and the NBA Finals this year. Your subscription also gets you access to extensive on-demand content.
YouTube TV is Best for Complete NBA Playoffs and Finals Coverage – and Replay with DVR
YouTube TV has all of the necessary channels to view the final NBA games of the year. You also get great DVR capabilities, so you can re-watch the games at your leisure.
fuboTV is Best for Wide-Ranging Sports Coverage
fuboTV has ABC and ESPN, so you can watch most of the remaining NBA postseason games; but is misses TNT which airs some Conference Final games. However, fuboTV does include NBA TV, which features top-notch commentary and extras from the season.
On a Budget? Sling TV is A Budget Option
Sling TV is an inexpensive service that includes the two over-the-air channels (ESPN and TNT) you need to watch the NBA Playoffs. Be aware that to watch the NBA Finals on ABC, you’ll need to set up several additional hardware components to integrate that channel with Sling TV.
Can You Stream Lakers vs. Heat from Reddit?
You can go to Reddit to learn about the game and chat with fans, but the NBA has banned unofficial links that don’t have the right to stream the game. Only use official links to stream.
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