Donald Trump reacts to LeBron James, Lakers winning NBA championship
Plenty of prominent figures and athletes have congratulated the Los Angeles Lakers on their NBA championship win on Sunday. Less than 24 hours after the final buzzer sounded, President Donald Trump reacted to LeBron James and the Lakers winning their 17th NBA title.
Viewership for NBA Finals Finale Crash Nearly 70%, Beaten by Random Sunday Night Football Game https://t.co/RaDVRSE4ww via @BreitbartNews Maybe they were watching in China, but I doubt it. Zero interest!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020
Instead of congratulating the Lakers, Trump took a shot at the NBA and Los Angeles for the down ratings. With Sunday Night Football on, the NBA Finals saw low ratings, seeing nearly a 70-percent drop from last year’s NBA Finals.
Altogether, there was only a peak of 6.028 million viewers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Miami Heat. On the other hand, last year’s Game 6 in the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors saw 18.34 million viewers.
Despite the discrepancy in viewership for Lakers-Heat, what Trump fails to note is that basketball usually isn’t taking place during this time of the year. Plus, it’s known that the NFL dominates viewership across all of the major sports leagues.
Besides the NFL, the NBA (featuring the Lakers) also been competing with the MLB, NHL, and WNBA in recent months. And even though it was a regular-season game between the 1-3 Minnesota Vikings and the 4-0 Seattle Seahawks, football was going to draw more interest.
The president also took a shot at LeBron and the NBA by mentioning China due to the league’s run-in with China last October. While Trump attempts to downplay the NBA and what they did in the bubble, others will realize the efforts of those that made the Lakers winning an NBA championship possible in 2020.