The Los Angeles Lakers finally left the COVID-19-mandated NBA bubble after winning their first championship in 10 years and celebrated the trophy with a cozy victory dinner.
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As seen on Instagram, players including Lebron James, Dwight Howard, and Rajon Rondo cuddled up with their loved ones during the stylish feast. Photos capturing the affair were uploaded to Instagram by both attendees and celebrity photographers. Supermodel and influencer Winnie Harlow used her social grid to share photos of her and her Lakers boyfriend Kyle Kuzma.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and wife McKenzie also enjoyed the intimate outing. She added multiple photos of the two celebrating “Date Night with a Champ” as she wrote in the Instagram caption, decorated with the gold trophy emoji.
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Celebrity and event photographer Stan Potts captured more moments between the reigning champions and their romantic partners entering and exiting the event at popular restaurant Nobu. Savannah James, the wife of the team’s star player, hopped out of a luxury vehicle wearing a white corset top, vintage fitting denim, and a purple protective face mask.
Dwight Howard was joined by his WNBA fiancée Te’a Cooper. The pair sported matching all-black attire including leather pants and silver chains.
Rondo and his girlfriend, fashion designer Latoia Fitzgerald, also stepped out with face masks and designer threads.
Their historic championship win called for a romantic night out. The players were quarantined away from their families for three months in a bubble system coordinated by the NBA to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the basketball season continued. The 2020 Laker championship also comes with bittersweet glee as the team takes home the ring in the same year as star player Kobe Bryant’s tragic death.
As the theGrio reported, his widow Vanessa Bryant wished the current team congratulations and said she wished her husband was alive to enjoy the victory.
“Wish Kobe and Gianna were here to see this,” she wrote. Gianna Bryant, 13, and seven others died in the helicopter accident alongside her father.
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