The Lakers may have had their 10-game winning streak snapped by the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, but they still had the support of some fellow Los Angeles sports figures. Dodgers teammates Cody Bellinger and Kenley Jensen, along with the legendary manager Tommy Lasorda were all courtside to back the purple and gold.
The Lakers rolled out the blue carpet especially for Cody Bellinger, naming the National League MVP as an honorary captain before the game.
During the game, Bellinger caught up with Lakers reporter Mike Trudell how after winning an MVP, seeing LeBron James — a four-time MVP in the NBA — keeps things in perspective for him.
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“Just watching him up close is incredible,” Bellinger said. “Actually all these guys are pretty special athletes, so it’s pretty cool being up close to them again.”
He also talked with Trudell about winning MVP and what it meant to him.
“It’s special, it was a cool day for me and my family,” he said. “So we’ll see, once the season starts it may kick in a little more, but right now I’m feeling the same.”
Looking ahead to next season, the slugger gave Trudell and Dodgers fans the word on when he’ll get back into baseball activities.
“Just working out right now, baseball activity will come around Christmas time… so, just been working out and getting stronger so when the baseball activity comes, you’re feeling strong and ready to go.”
Despite the loss, it was a good day for Los Angeles at Staples Center.