Cacok Caps Storybook Season with NBA Title

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Devontae Cacok's storybook season drew to a close late Sunday night in Orlando, but not before the Seahawk great wrapped his arms around the National Basketball Association's coveted Larry O'Brien trophy and cast his trademark wide smile.

Cacok, who joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA's bubble in July and played a role in the storied franchise's 17th title, became the first UNCW alumni to win an NBA championship. The Lakers dominated the Miami Heat, 106-93, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex inside Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida.

Cacok, UNCW's all-time rebounding king and fourth all-time scorer, is a forward with the Lakers, who dominated Denver, 4-1, in the Western Conference championship series and took the Heat, 4-2, in the NBA Finals. The Lakers ended the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference after racing past the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets by 4-1 series margins.

The 6-8, 240-pound Cacok played in one game for Los Angeles, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds vs. Sacramento in the restart finale on Aug. 13.

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