There are fewer than 24 hours until we're officially in 2021 and it's safe to say most people are ready for a new year. LeBron James, who led the Los Angeles Lakers to a victory on Wednesday, reflected on an eventful 2020 ahead of New Years Day.
“The year 2020 was one hell of a year. The good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between,” James said, via USA Today's Mark Medina. “It’s something that us as Americans and people all over the world haven’t seen before ever.”
The year began with Lakers great Kobe Bryant tragically passing away in January, causing sorrow across the world. Then, back in March, the COVID-19 pandemic began—which is still going on nine months later.
Life has been far from normal in the past nine months, with masks and hand sanitizer becoming common themes in 2020. Besides the pandemic, there were also racial issues that occurred in the United States, sparking riots and conversations to be had on racial injustice.
Despite the unfortunate events that took place in 2020, LeBron James shared that he can't wait to discuss what happened this year with his future grandkids.
“So many storylines that you can sit down at a fireplace and have your grandkids sit on your lap,” James said. “Whatever issue they want to talk about for quite a while. I’m looking forward to that moment.”
His stories will surely include how the Lakers managed to win the NBA title during a strange time in history. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, LeBron James and the Lakers found a way to add to the team's trophy case by taking home another Larry O'Brien Trophy after topping the field at the Orlando bubble last October. The Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals in six games, giving James his fourth NBA ring.
There's no doubt that 2020 was a negative year for a large group of people in the world. Here's to hoping that 2021 is filled with more positivity and moments that can incite a smile on everyone's faces.