Las Vegas Rumors
A somber Magic Johnson implored fans to “come together” and not let “evil and hate” stop people from coming to Las Vegas before the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings tried to entertain fans and take their minds off the shooting that took place here last Sunday. “This is a tough situation for all of us,” Johnson, the Lakers team president, said as he addressed the crowd at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday night before the Lakers-Kings preseason game. “We play this game, from Sacramento as well as from Los Angeles, with heavy hearts. … Last Sunday, fifty-eight people lost their lives. Hundreds more were injured. We want to pray for the families who lost a loved one and want to support those families. And we want to also remember that it could have been one of us.”
Coley Harvey: Lakers coach Luke Walton shared an embrace and a conversation with Joe Robbins, the father of 20-year-old Quinton Robbins, who was killed in last Sunday’s shooting. Quinton’s girlfriend and other family are being greeted by the Lakers, too. Quinton, whose basketball number is being retired by his Henderson, Nevada, high school, was a big sports fan.
Bill Oram: Luke Walton and the players are wearing these Nike shirts pregame. Similar shirts will be handed out to fans attending the game.
Zimmerman said he didn’t realize just how bad the tragedy was until he woke up the next morning, when he learned that a shooter named Stephen Paddock fired hundreds of bullets from a 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down into a crowd of 22,000 people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 and injuring more than 500. Zimmerman would later discover that some people he knew were at the Harvest 91 music festival. Fortunately, none of them were hurt. But Zimmerman felt Las Vegas’ pain.
“There were Instagram stories and stuff of [friends] running and hiding,” Zimmerman said of the shooting. “It’s intimidating. It’s scary to think that someone you know [experienced] something like that. It hurts.”