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Dr. Fauci picks Lakers to win championship

Who are we to argue with the medical professionals?

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If there is one thing we’ve learned during the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s the importance of listening to the medical experts. So when the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, picks the Lakers to win the 2020 NBA Championship, we really should listen up.

Fauci made his prediction during a television appearance on Fox 11 in Los Angeles, in which he was asked who would win the NBA Finals this year. He laughed, but didn’t hesitate to offer up his choice:

“Well, you know, I have to say the Lakers, for sure.”

Look, I’m not going to say that this means that any other team winning the title is going to be detrimental to the public health of the country, all I’m going to say is that we shouldn’t chance it. If the other teams in the league care about the overall wellbeing of the United States, they should obviously just pack it in, just to be safe.

Fauci isn’t the only one to like the Lakers’ chances, either, as ESPN also recently picked them to win the Finals.

The bad news, however, is kind of as we might expect: Even if the Lakers win their 17th title, they probably won’t be able to have a championship parade.

Anchor: Yes! I like that! Good answer! The question is going to be, can we have a parade?

Dr. Fauci: Well, I don’t know about that.

Well, at least now if the Clippers win and no one shows up to their parade, they’ll have an excuse for it. That’s good news for them at the very least.

But that said, they should probably ease up and make sure the Lakers win the championship. After all, we just gotta follow doctor’s orders right now. The final thing we need is for the CDC to just add “Lakers winning a championship” next to their other best practices tips like washing your hands for 30 seconds and wearing a mask, and I think we’ll all be on the right track.

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