The Los Angeles Lakers are officially the reigning champions of the NBA after navigating an unprecedented 2019-20 campaign en route to the team’s latest title.

However, the city of Los Angeles will apparently have to wait to celebrate alongside the Lakers organization, as the heralded Western Conference franchise has formally announced that a championship parade will have to wait due to the ongoing “coronavirus” pandemic.

“We cannot wait to celebrate our NBA title with our fans,” the Lakers tweeted on Monday evening. “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!”

Perhaps Sunday evening’s celebration outside the Staples Center had something to do with the Lakers’ announcement on Monday.

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With the Lakers defeating the Miami Heat in six games down in Orlando, the citizens of Los Angeles immediately took to the outer portion of the Staples Center to celebrate the team’s 17th NBA title. However, there were very few masks being worn while social distancing was obviously nonexistent.

Of course, the Lakers couldn’t prevent such a celebration. However, with that said, Los Angeles is certainly attempting to control what it can by holding off on hosting a formal parade of some kind until it is safe to do so.

The excitement of fans is understandable, but considering the situation, it is certainly a smart move to wait to properly hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy on the West Coast.