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GM Pelinka Believes Lakers Won the Toughest Championship

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has heard enough.

Sit down Pat Riley.

Earlier in the week, Riley alluded that the Lakers championship win deserves an asterisk as his Miami Heat were undermanned and injured for the majority of the NBA Finals. In response to the NBA legend, Pelinka believes his team deserves a “gold star” for their efforts.

“It’s easy to think about ‘oh, we didn’t get to have a parade, or we didn’t get to do this yet,'” said Pelinka. “But to be able to have won a championship inside a bubble, and to be with the guys and the staff for 100 days in a row, also provided some extraordinary moments that probably future champions will never be able to experience because it was such a unique setting.

“So I try to spend a lot of time thinking about the parts of this championship that make it unique,” said Pelinka added during an appearance on The Woj Pod.

The Lakers, who have delayed their championship parade in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, won their 17th NBA championship in six games over the Heat. As far as the challenge of winning the championship, Pelinka has zero doubt that this year’s title counts as much as any other in NBA history.

“I think some have (asked) ‘will this championship have an asterisk on it?’ I like to say ‘no, I think it’s got a gold star.’ Just because you had to do so much more to get to the end, and I think it was just a testament to our team (and) the players and our staff coming together in that environment.”

Your move, Pat.

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