The ongoing Getty Fire in West Los Angeles, CA has caused over 10,000 people to evacuate their homes within the last 24 hours, including Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward LeBron James and his family.
At 3:53 a.m. on Monday morning, James tweeted out that he and his family had to leave their home in Brentwood as part of a mandatory evacuation in their neighborhood:
Man these LA aren’t no joke. Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms. No luck so far! ♂️— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
James and his family found a place to stay less than 20 minutes later:
Finally found a place to accommodate us! Crazy night man!— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
James sent out tweets in support of the other families affected by the fire, as well as the first responders:
I for all the families in the area that could be affected by these now! Pretty please get to safety ASAP— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
My best wishes as well to the first responders⛑ right now doing what they do best!— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2019
Eight homes have been burned as a result of the fire, with over 10,000 in danger. The fire is at 0% percent containment, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced in a news conference on Monday.
James has yet to comment on the situation (beyond his tweets) because the Lakers’ practice was cancelled on Monday. According to Kyle Goon of the OC Register, head coach Frank Vogel’s decision to cancel practice had nothing to do with the Getty fire.
The team did gather for a Genius Talk with magician David Blaine, though. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka first introduced the Genius Talks two years ago in an effort to build a culture of excellence for the team. Past guests have included Denzel Washington, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Allyson Felix, Kendrick Lamar and Elon Musk.
The Lakers were scheduled to practice after Monday’s talk, but Vogel decided to give his team the day off after their dominant win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. Their next game will be on Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. James will have the opportunity to address reporters at before then at shootaround.
For more on the areas affected by the Getty Fire and evacuation centers, visit this link.
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