It is undeniable 2020 has been a tough year, not only for the city of Los Angeles but for the whole world.
The year did not start out great when Los Angeles lost Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a horrific helicopter crash. The whole world was grieving the losses, especially Los Angeles because of the hustle and heart Bryant showed in his 20 seasons with the Laker team.
This coronavirus pandemic did not make things any better. Since it emerged in March, it has brought so much devastation, uncertainty, and so many problems in this already ailing world. Los Angeles, with its vast population, was one of the most hard-hit areas in the whole country, and it hasn’t been getting any better lately with cases still spiking.
The City of Angels has had a difficult year, but thanks to the Lakers and the Dodgers both winning it all this season, the city has been given a gleam of light, and more importantly, it has been given hope.
The Lakers were finally crowned champions of the 2019-2020 NBA season on October 11, after beating the Miami Heat in 6 games in the NBA Finals. Just a little over two weeks later, on October 27, the Dodgers won their first World Series title in 32 years after beating the Tampa Bays Rays in 6 games as well. The whole city of Los Angeles was jumping for joy, and elation and excitement were certainly felt throughout the city. After everything that has been going on, the city really needed all this positive energy.
The best thing about this is that all the joy probably won’t be short-lived as the Lakers and Dodgers are looking good to build a couple of dynasties in the coming years.
The Purple & Gold basketball team are looking forward to continuing their momentum from the 2020 season and they will be seeking the back to back titles, just like they did in 2009 and 2010.
The Lakers have the pieces that can be contenders for years to come as their dynamic duo of LeBron and AD are still here to lead the team. LeBron does not look like he’s slowing down any time soon despite others saying he might be “washed”, and Anthony Davis is expected to resign after his monster first year with the team.
The Lakers also have a great supporting cast for them, and they even have several options to make this supporting cast even stronger this offseason with a number of possible trades and free-agent signings that can boost this already star-studded team. It would be exciting to see what the Lakers front office and coaching staff and do to build this promising dynasty.
The Dodgers on the other hand are also looking like they have a lot of promise for the next few years. After finally getting over the hump and emerging victorious this past season, they now know what it takes to get over the finish line.
This Dodger team was one of the favorites coming into the season with Mookie Betts coming into the picture. He impressed in his first year with the team, igniting the team with his stellar defensive plays, and his incredible offensive prowess. Mookie signed a 12-year max contract before the season began, meaning he has 12 more years donning the Dodger blue.
Aside from Mookie, the Dodgers still have so many weapons on the team, like Corey Seager, who won the NLCS and World Series MVP, former NL MVP Cody Bellinger, and a number of pitching aces like Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias. With how this powerful squad has looked, Dodger fans surely have high expectations in the coming years.
Los Angeles is possibly on the verge of two great sports dynasties, and Angelenos can’t get any more excited for the next few years.
Hopefully, the Lakers and the Dodgers can both live up to all the hype.
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