LeBron James, Lakers to hoist title banner in May
Good news, Los Angeles Lakers fans! The Lakers will be revealing their 17th championship banner on May 12 before they go up against the New York Knicks, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. This was announced by Lakers President Jeanie Buss on Spectrum SportsNet on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Lakers will unveil their 2019-20 championship banner in front of fans at Staples Center on May 12.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 8, 2021
The Lakers, who claimed their championship rings on opening night right in front of the Los Angeles Clippers, purposely waited to unveil their title banner for the fans. Last Friday, the team announced that they are finally going to allow fans in STAPLES Center by April 15—when the Lakers take on their rival Boston Celtics.
OFFICIAL: Banner No. 17 will be unveiled on May 12. pic.twitter.com/EBXvD7lAuU
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 8, 2021
The current season has been full of ups and downs for the Lakers. They’ve had multiple injured players including LeBron James and Anthony Davis. In March, their starting center Marc Gasol was sidelined for almost three weeks due to COVID while role players like Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso, and Dennis Schroder have also been in and out of the rotation. This is sadly what happens when the team goes through the shortest off-season in sports history.
Fortunately, the team got more help in the last few weeks after acquiring Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore in the buyout market. Drummond, who was recently sidelined as well due to injury, is back in action on Thursday versus the Miami Heat. McLemore will also probably get playing time given that Kuzma, Davis, and James are out of the rotation on Thursday because of injuries.
The main nemesis of the defending champions this season is the injury bug. The team hopes to get healthy in time for the playoffs—where they’re confident they can beat anyone.