Erik Spoelstra and Bam Adebayo speak out on facing LeBron James and Lakers in NBA Finals

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A calendar year ago, virtually no one outside of South Florida thought the Miami Heat had any chance of reaching the NBA Finals.

Yet, it has now happened, as the Heat outlasted the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals 125-113.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged that facing his former superstar LeBron James for the championship is an intriguing matchup, while rising star Bam Adebayo is up for the challenge.

James, of course, won his first two titles with the Heat several years ago, and he will have to go through them to earn his fourth

Although they boasted several promising young players and perennial All-Star Jimmy Butler, the Heat have been a long shot all year.

They were heavy underdogs against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks and MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second round, yet were able to defeat the Bucks four games to one.

In Sunday’s clinching contest against Boston, Adebayo showed the world that he’s continuing to ascend before everyone’s eyes with 32 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

The Heat will continue their Cinderella-like run in Game 1 of the championship series on Wednesday.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.