Though celebrated in its own right, the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2020 NBA championship remains one of the most peculiarly-earned rings in the league’s history, considering the circumstances of the pandemic. The absence of a proper celebration, including a parade, cast a shadow over their achievement.
Former Laker big man Morris, who played a crucial role in the frontcourt alongside stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, shares the same sentiment as many of his teammates. They were disappointed that health and safety concerns during the pandemic made it impossible to hold a parade.
In a time when many people lost their livelihoods or even their lives due to the pandemic, it was understandable that the Lakers couldn’t have a parade to celebrate their victory. The only remaining players from the 2020 roster, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, are determined to seek redemption and experience a genuine parade in 2024.
The Lakers, under the leadership of Rob Pelinka, made significant moves during the 2023 trade deadline to reinvigorate the team. They brought back some heroes from the Western Conference Finals run and acquired additional pieces to bolster their depth. This revamped roster is arguably the strongest since the memorable bubble season of 2020.
The purple and gold squad can only hope for better luck this year. In 2021 and 2022, they struggled with injuries and chemistry issues during their title defense attempts. Whether they can fulfill the dream that Morris missed out on remains uncertain. However, with the possibility of it being LeBron James’ final season, he and the rest of the Lakers roster are determined to give it their all in 2024.