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The Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday night that they will not allow fans to watch games in the 2020-21 home stands.
Los Angeles cited guidance from state and local health officials in making the decision.
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The club stated that it will celebrate the raising of the championship flag for the 201
The Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Kings share the Staples Center with the Lakers. No similar statement was issued; however, Arash Markazi, a long-time Los Angeles reporter Tweet Fans who have bought Premier Seating (can participate in all Staples events) have been told not to expect fans of any sports games this season.
The NBA has not yet announced a timetable for the upcoming season, which is set to begin on December 22.
Los Angeles has postponed the championship parade. Now, it is forced to another important milestone for the championship team: the flag raising ceremony.
It is not clear how many NBA teams will follow suit this season to bar fans from entering the arena.