The 2020 NBA Championship should have an asterisk. And that asterisk should denote awesomeness. No other team has ever been through so much just to win a title. No other team has ever faced such unique circumstances. And no other postseason was ever played on a truly neutral court. If anything, this might be the only legitimate NBA championship.
Kevin Durant was on Joe Budden's podcast earlier this week and made the argument for this year's bubble champion being "more respected" because of the circumstances they're facing.
“I think it will be respected for sure. Probably more respected. It’s tough for the boys in there. They’ve been away from everybody for that long. To be the last one standing? That’s going to be tough."
- Kevin Durant
That's Kevin Durant. A former MVP and two-time champion. He knows that the Heat and Lakers have had to make incredible sacrifices to get this far. By the time the NBA Finals are over, they've been living in a hotel, getting things stuck up their nose, and separated from most of their friends and families for over three months.
This should outweigh any previous difficulties teams have dealt with on a championship run. If you want, you can look at pretty much any NBA champion and make an argument that it shouldn't count. Just look at the last few Finals.
2019 - Toronto Raptors
The Raptors faced a depleted Golden State Warriors team. Klay Thompson got hurt and Durant played 12 minutes. Plus, the title was won in Canada so with the exchange rate, it's already worth less.