The Los Angeles Lakers will not take advantage of a trip to Washington in late April to celebrate their coronation at the White House in late 2020.
That’s what ESPN learned on Sunday.
The severity of the schedule and protocol surrounding COVID-19 prevents the California team from visiting Joe Biden in the last week of April, when they face Wizards on Wednesday 28 April.
However, the Lakers are expected to eventually adopt this tradition. The NBA team from the Cleveland Cavaliers did not celebrate its championship in 2016. At that time, the Ohio Club had dinner with Barack Obama in November, just days after Donald Trump was elected. The invitation to the Trump administration was rejected by the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.
The Lakers were unable to take full advantage of their 17sE Coronation, and this, due to the epidemic. The team did not parade and still did not hoist their championship banner above the Staples Center.
The milestone of this important post-championship comes during the club’s last home duel, Majority Lakers owner Jenny Bus said. The latter explained that her organization had to wait for the return of supporters.
On Thursday, the Lakers played their first game in front of their home crowd. Their team drop flag against the Boston Celtics ranged from 121 to 113 with 1,900 spectators or 10% of the Staples Center maximum capacity.