Citing security concerns, the
A source with knowledge of the team's decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, emphasized that the decision to switch hotels was not politically motivated.
Since Trump was elected president, there have been demonstrations against the result nationwide. His hotels have been the target of protests, as has Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.
The threat of protests caused concern that the players' schedules might be disrupted by a stay at the Trump SoHo in Lower Manhattan.
The Lakers had originally planned to stay at the hotel, which bears the Republican president-elect's name through a licensing agreement. While his company does manage other hotels, it does not manage the Trump SoHo.
Though the Lakers said their motivation isn’t political, other
Earlier this month,
"I'm really proud we won't be staying there because I couldn't be comfortable being around him and his businesses," Bucks forward Jabari Parker said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I know he's our president. But it's just going to take some time. And he hasn't publicly come out with an apology for anyone or for the things he said."
For the first time this month, the Lakers removed shooting guard Nick Young from the injury report on Tuesday.
Young played 26 minutes Monday against the
D'Angelo Russell (left knee soreness) is still on the injury report, listed as probable for the game against the Nets. Russell played just under 20 minutes Monday after playing 16 minutes Sunday.
Julius Randle is probable with a right hip injury. Randle has not missed any games because of this injury, though he did miss three games with an injury to his left hip in November.
The Lakers listed backup center Tarik Black (ankle sprain) and backup point guard Jose Calderon (right hamstring strain) as out for the game. Both are traveling with the Lakers, given the length of time the team will be on the road. Wednesday's game is the second of seven on a trip that will last 13 days.
LAKERS AT BROOKLYN
When: 4:30 PST.
On the air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 10-17, Nets 6-17.
Record vs. Nets: 1-0.