The Los Angeles Lakers will not use their visit to Washington at the end of April to celebrate the 2020 coronation at the White House.
The strength of the schedule and agreement surrounding COVID-19 will prevent the California team from visiting Joe Biden during the last week of April when facing the Wizards on Wednesday, April 28.
However, the Lakers seem to intend to eventually inherit this tradition. Since the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, no NBA team has celebrated their championship in the White House. At that time, days after the election of Donald Trump, the Ohio Club held a feast with Barack Obama in November. The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors rejected the invitation of the Trump administration.
Due to the pandemic, the Lakers failed to make the most of their 17th coronation. The team did not hold a parade, nor did they raise their championship flag above the Staples Center.
Most Lakers owner Jenny Booth said that this important post-winning milestone will be achieved in the club’s final home game. The latter explained that her organization hopes to wait for the return of supporters.
On Thursday, the Lakers played their first game in front of their national audience. Just over 1,900 spectators (10% of the Staples Center’s largest capacity) came to watch their team’s record against the Boston Celtics dropped 121 to 113.