Los Angeles. The city of Angels. There is no place like it in the whole world. From the bright lights of Hollywood, the perfect weather, and iconic sports teams, the city is the go-to-destination for everyone. Recently LA has had a lot of success regarding their sports teams - the Lakers winning the championship in 2020 and the Dodgers winning the World Series just a month after. Then the other day, the Rams completed the trifecta by taking home the Super Bowl and proving LA is a true sports mecca. That led to LeBron having a pretty unique idea.
A joint championship parade
Due to the circumstances with Covid-19, the Lakers and the Dodgers didn't have the chance to hold a championship parade in front of their fans. The situation has gotten better, and the Rams will probably have the opportunity to go through the city, celebrate and party with their fans.
LeBron was one of the most famous people in the stands at the Super Bowl the other day. James was having the time of his life in the lounge, next to his business partner Rich Paul and many other celebrities, drinking, dancing, and singing while cheering on his friend Odell Beckham Jr. and the Rams. With all the success the city has had in recent years, in the aftermath, LeBron came up with a pretty original idea of holding a joint championship parade featuring the Lakers, Rams, and Dodgers.
Now that would be the party of the century, with all these superstars athletes from various sports parading through the streets of Los Angeles, but it's hard to see that happening. The whole situation with Covid-19 mandates is not resolved yet, and hosting such an event with so many people will have a tough time getting the thumbs up from the higher authorities. Nobody can deny that would be and one-of-a-kind event, but it's hard to imagine it happening. Also, it's not fair to take from the Rams' success and steal their shine.
LeBron wants a parade while being out of the playoffs?
While it's a fun and interesting idea, a lot of fans around the NBA, especially Lakers fanatics, saw no amusement in that. The Lakers are by far the most disappointing team in the NBA right now, sitting out of the playoffs with a 26-31 record. There is no hope on the horizon that things will turn around, and it looks like LeBron has mentally checked out for this season.
So to celebrate a championship that happened almost two years ago while your team is sinking into the ground is not really a sight Lakers fans want to see right now. No matter how unfair it is that that 2020 Lakers squad never got their parade, holding it during these times would be a real kick to the gut for the loyal Lakers fans. I'm sure they would much rather have LeBron and the team focus on trying to make a late-season run.
But like always, LeBron, who has been out of the spotlight, MVP discussion, or championship hunt, is seeking some type of validation and reason to celebrate his past success. Come on, LeBron, you have to do better than piggybacking on the success of their other franchises in the city and make your own parade happen. By the looks of the current situation, that is unlikely to happen.