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 🏆 pic.twitter.com/O3M5zQS2Hn
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 12, 2020
LeBron James also took to Twitter on Monday to bask in the glow of the Lakers’ title run.
WE’RE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!! It just now hit me!! #LakerNation💜💛 🏆
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 13, 2020
About 1,000 people gathered downtown to celebrate the team’s victory in the hours after Sunday’s game, with some heading to Staples Center, the team’s home court. The gathering was initially peaceful, but “unruly individuals” mixed into the crowd and threw glass, bottles, rocks and other projectiles at officers, leading to 76 arrests, police said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discouraged public gatherings to celebrate the win, instead urging fans to cheer on the team from home.
“As we cheer our @Lakers’ 17th championship, please remember it’s still not safe to gather in groups,” the mayor tweeted in reference to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.