Seven months after winning the franchise’s 17th title, the Los Angeles Lakers will finally reveal their 2020 NBA championship banner, the team announced.
Ahead of Thursday’s rematch against their Finals opponent the Miami Heat, Lakers Gov. Jeanie Buss revealed the team’s plans to finally display the banner on May 12 when they play their final game at home. regular season against the Houston Rockets.
The Lakers beat the Heat in Game 6 to win the title on October 11 in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida.
“There were a couple of reasons why we waited,” Buss told Spectrum SportsNet, the team’s regional television partner. “First of all, on opening night, we had no fans. So now that we finally got the go-ahead that we can have some fans, we decided that the last game of the regular season would be good because we will have as many fans as we can and with luckily we will have a completely healthy team by then and with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the court.
“And it’s a good sendoff as we prepare for the playoffs.”
Including Thursday, James has missed Los Angeles’ last 10 games with an ankle sprain on top, while AD has been out 24 games with a calf strain and tendinosis in his right leg.
James posted a photo of himself and his fellow co-captain on his Instagram page on Thursday, hinting at their imminent return.
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The Lakers will welcome fans for the first time on April 15 against the Boston Celtics. However, the exact capacity that Los Angeles County and the state of California will allow to host the Lakers has yet to be announced.
“Our goal is to attract as many fans as possible, but as safely as possible,” said Buss.
The Lakers opened the regular season in December with a black cape covering the 2019-20 championship banner with the message “Stay tuned, Lakers family,” printed in gold capital letters.