Lakers: Public celebration on hold amid pandemic

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ESPN News Services

The 17th NBA title in Lakers franchise history is still fresh in the minds of the fans, but any public celebration of the championship in Los Angeles will have to wait.

The Lakers announced Monday that because of safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team will hold off on any type of public celebration of the team’s feat.

“We cannot wait to celebrate our NBA title with our fans,” the Lakers said. “After consulting with the City and the County, we all agree that a joyful and inclusive public celebration will take place as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, thank you again, Lakers Nation, for your support!”

The Lakers beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, concluding their 95-day stay in the league’s bubble.

The team returned to Los Angeles on Monday and tweeted pictures of the arrival.

Los Angeles, your champions have returned 🏆

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 12, 2020

LeBron James also took to Twitter on Monday to bask in the glow of

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