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The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers have combined to play in nine of the past 15 NBA Finals series — including seven consecutive from 2008 to 2014 — without ever facing each other. That is, until Game 1 on Wednesday, the first time the two teams met on the NBA’s biggest stage. Still, these franchises are connected in ways that go far beyond Lakers star LeBron James‘ having won titles with the Heat or Miami president Pat Riley’s having coached the Showtime Lakers to glory. Before Game 2 on Friday (9 p.m. ET on ABC and the ESPN app), take a deep dive into the ties that bind the Lakers and the Heat.
Take a look back at LeBron James’ four-year stint with the Heat, which included two championships, two MVP awards and an unceremonious farewell.
When LeBron James arrived on the shores of Biscayne Bay a decade ago, he was a 25-year-old, two-time MVP who had spent his entire life living in Ohio and been swept in his only trip to the Finals. When he left four years later, the MVPs had