Pau Gasol, Nick Young and the Laker Grisl giving back to the community at Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ in Torrance, Calif. (Lizette Ramirez/Living Out Loud LA)
It was a packed house at Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ in Torrance, Calif.
Numerous fans wore their Laker gear to show their support and gratitude. Young kids, teenagers, and adults were all patiently waiting in line to be served a warm Thanksgiving dinner by two of their favorite Laker players: Pau Gasol and Nick Young.
The Laker Girls were also in attendance handing out goodie bags that had some nice school supplies and Laker souvenirs.
Gasol is no stranger to giving back to the community. As the founder of the Gasol Foundation, he interacted with the media stating the importance of giving back to the fans for Thanksgiving.
“It’s gonna be fun. I know it’s going to be exciting for them, for us. It’s always great to give back and to interact with the community and people who are in need,” he said.
When asked to pick one teammate who he was most grateful for, Gasol gave a quick answer.
“I’m thankful to all my teammates,” said Gasol. “But I guess the one I’ve been the longest with and through the most experiences, it’s Kobe. I’m thankful for Kobe. I’m thankful for the opportunity to compete along him and have shared so many battles.”
Unlike Gasol, Young was thankful are the ball boys.
“They rebound for me. They put in a lot of time’ it’s tough for them,” said Young.
This is Young’s first year participating with the Lakers’ 13th year of “A Season of Giving” and not only is he grateful for being a member of the Lakers, he’s excited to participate in giving back to the community.
“It’s always fun,” he said. “Who doesn’t wanna get served by a Laker player? I do it just because I enjoy doing it.”
Inside Lucille’s, the set up for the fans along with Thanksgiving dinner brought a sense of reflection and appreciation for the kids and adults in attendance. One particular fan, Amaya Hernandez, was stoked to be served a Thanksgiving dinner from Gasol.
“I’ve been a Laker fan since I was in the 3rd grade,” she said. “I have never been served a Thanksgiving meal by a famous athlete, especially a Laker player. This is definitely something I will remember for years to come and will be thankful for having such an experience.”