The Lakers stopped at Pechanga following their Thursday night game against the Golden State Warriors in San Diego. They held their pre-game shoot-around at the tribe's recreation center before heading to Ontario for their final exhibition game. Nearly 300 members of the Tribe were allowed to view a part of today's practice.
"This was a truly unique opportunity for a Native community to host the back-to-back NBA champion Lakers," said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. "The team was very kind and gracious with our people and our guests. We hope to do more with them in the future."
Pechanga tribal leaders also presented a $10,000 donation to After-School All-Stars (ASAS), which provides comprehensive after-school programs to nearly 80,000 children in need on over 450 school sites in 13 different cities, including Los Angeles. Celebrity Ambassador Kobe Bryant was on hand to accept the donation on behalf of After-School All-Stars.
"It wasn't that long ago that our Native children were beneficiaries of programs like After-School All Stars," said Macarro. "We are deeply humbled to be in a position to support their important work of providing kids with after-school activities."