The NBA postponed a matchup between the Clippers and Lakers back in January due to the tragic helicopter crash in California that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. On Friday night, the league announced when that game will be played.
Fans will see the two Los Angeles teams battle on April 9 at Staples Center. Tipoff for this showdown will be at 10:30 p.m. ET and will air on TNT. It’s possible this game will decide which team earns the top seed in the Western Conference.
Shortly after the NBA announced the rescheduled date for this Clippers-Lakers game, Patrick Patterson went on Instagram to share his thoughts, saying “What if we said no thanks don’t want to play the game you chose to cancel?”
Patterson’s comment on Instagram isn’t sitting well with fans around the league. Even if the Clippers wanted to play on the original date in January, the reality is the Lakers weren’t ready to compete after losing such an iconic figure.
Is Patrick Patterson just dumb or what pic.twitter.com/w2bGzgKOgy
— honi (@HoniAhm) February 22, 2020
Plenty of fans have criticized Patterson for his insensitive remarks.
It wouldn’t have made sense to force the Lakers to play while their entire team was heartbroken. Many people believe the NBA did the right thing by rescheduling the game.
Patterson also went on Instagram to share a message for DeMarcus Cousins, who was waived by the Lakers on Friday.
Regardless of what his intentions were last night, complaining about the NBA’s decision to postpone January’s game between the Clippers and Lakers is a bad look for Patterson.