The Los Angeles Lakers will finally raise their 2019-20 championship banner on May 12 in front of fans at the Staples Center when they play the Houston Rockets.
Lakers CEO and president Jeanie Buss made the announcement on Thursday before LA played Miami.
OFFICIAL: Banner No. 17 will be unveiled on May 12. pic.twitter.com/EBXvD7lAuU
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 8, 2021
Explaining why they waited until now, Buss told the Lakers’ regional TV partner Spectrum SportsNet,
“First of all, on opening night, we didn’t have any fans. So now that we’ve finally gotten the nod that we’re allowed to have some fans, we decided that the last regular-season game would be good because we’ll have as many fans as we can get, and hopefully, we’ll have a completely healthy team by then and with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the court.”
Buss added, “And it’s a good sendoff as we prepare to go into the playoffs.”
On Friday, the team announced that fans could return to the arena as part of the updated health and safety protocols in California.
The team aims to host fans at the Lakers’ next home game, which is slated for April 15.
Despite the good news, the Lakers have not announced how many fans will be allowed at that game, saying the team will finalize their plans with the LA County Public Health.
With that said, fans that will be in attendance for the banner reveal should prepare for a well-deserved celebration.
Despite winning the title last season, the Lakers were unable to celebrate due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the quest for a repeat title continues to be on watch as the Lakers wait for stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis to return from injuries.
Davis has missed 24 games due to a calf strain and tendonosis in his right leg, and James has been nursing a high ankle sprain suffered against the Atlanta Hawks on March 20.