In the aftermath of the horrendous events that took place in Las Vegas on October 1st, many have given there thoughts and prayers towards the city and its residents. For Stephen Zimmerman, one of the Lakers training camp invitees, the tragedy means a little more. Zimmerman spent the majority of his life living in Las Vegas, even through college where he attended UNLV.
He was able to speak on the events that took place. “That’s something that’s going to affect Las Vegas forever.” Zimmerman told reporters on Saturday, per Tania Ganguli of the LA Times.
He also spoke on how events like this taking place in his hometown have impacted him as he stated, “It feels way more personal. It’s one of those things that’s like, you never know how it feels until it happens to you and it feels like it happened to me. It’s kind of hard to describe.”
While he was not at the concert the 21-year old did have friends that were in attendance; luckily all of them were unharmed.
Zimmerman and the Lakers will play a preseason game in Las Vegas against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, which marks one week following the tragedy. Both teams will donate the proceeds of the game towards Las Vegas aid relief.