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Obama honors Lakers, puts players to work

December 13, 2010 12:39:43 AM PST
President Barack Obama honored the L.A. Lakers in Washington on Monday for their second straight NBA title, and he also put the players to work.The president and the team visited children at a Boys and Girls Club, continuing a practice of emphasizing community service while celebrating champion sports teams.

Typically the president brings teams to the White House, but this time, he made his comments congratulating the team at the club.

Obama and several Lakers' stars, including Kobe Bryant, helped students in the District of Columbia make care packages for wounded soldiers.

The event comes a day before the Lakers play the Washington Wizards.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.