With the strangest of NBA season’s in the record books, there was a comforting familiarity to the sight of LeBron James lifting the Championship trophy, after leading the LA Lakers to their 17th title.
The win also reignited talk of who is the greatest NBA player of all time.
And while Michael Jordan’s remarkable achievements rightly cast a long shadow over the NBA, deep down LeBron will know that securing another couple of titles to match MJ’s six, will end the debate.
So the question is, can LeBron defy father time at the age of 35 and lead his team to glory once again?
He has the tools around him, with Anthony Davis producing performances as impressive as his eyebrows.
And the bookies are definitely running scared of the Lakers, making them skinny 7/2 favourites across the board for the 2021 NBA Championship.
Their city rivals the Clippers are next up, at a best-priced 11/2 with Betway.
2020’s league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks suffered a shock playoff defeat to the Miami Heat.
But you can never count out a player with the quality of the “Greek Freak”, and the Bucks are 13/2 with bet365 to win their second title.
And speaking of the surprise package of the 2020 playoffs, the bookies think that was as good as it gets for 2020 finalists Miami, who are 16/1 shots with bet365 to go one better next campaign.
An interesting team is the Golden State Warriors, who won five consecutive NBA titles between 2015 and 2019, but didn’t even make the playoffs last season, thanks to numerous injuries to key players such as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
With those three returning and a number two draft pick in their baggy shorts pocket, the Warriors could jump straight back into contention, and the 8/1 on offer at Betfair for them to win a sixth title in seven years could look very generous indeed.