The Lakers reportedly had a "mentally light" day of practice prior to Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
The organization dealt with tragedy when franchise legend Kobe Bryant and his second-eldest daughter, Gianna, were two of nine people killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 26.
L.A. postponed a game against the Los Angeles Clippers and held a tribute at a Jan. 31 home game against the Blazers. The organization held a Celebration of Life memorial Feb. 24 at Staples Center.
The Lakers and many other NBA players have taken active roles in protests against systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in Minneapolis in May by then-officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
On Sunday, officer Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, in the back seven times in Kenosha, Wisconsin, when Blake leaned into his car, which had his children inside. The Lakers and the rest of the 13 teams still in the playoffs paused the postseason for three days in protest.
They are set to resume Saturday after the NBA and the NBPA agreed to terms on additional social-justice commitments.
L.A. leads the series 3-1.