Citing security concerns, the Lakers changed plans and decided not to stay at a Donald Trump-branded hotel in New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday nights for their game Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, a team spokesperson said.
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...