Lakers fans celebrate in downtown Los Angeles despite COVID-19 warnings after NBA Finals win
The Los Angeles Lakers took a dominant win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night to end their streak with the Miami Heat and win their 17th championship.
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And although asked not to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Lakers fans celebrated accordingly.
Lakers fans take to the streets around the Staples Center
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has repeatedly asked fans not to congregate downtown or near the severely restricted Staples Center due to the pandemic.
Even so, Lakers fans took to the streets to celebrate their first title in ten years. Many, of course, honored Kobe Bryant, who along with his daughter Gianna and five others were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles in January.
However, at least one Lakers fan took a particularly unusual precaution to celebrate in public.
The Lakers will no doubt soon have a traditional title celebration. When or how they will do this in the midst of the pandemic remains to be seen.
Until then, Lakers President Jeanie Buss will wait.
"Laker Nation, if it's safe, I'm looking forward to celebrating with you," said Buss after the win on the pitch. "Until then, I'll bring the trophy back to Los Angeles, where it belongs."
Lakers fans celebrate outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on October 11, 2020. People gathered to celebrate after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. (Brandon Bell / Getty Images)
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