*Breaking with the tradition of congratulating teams at the White House, President Barack Obama took the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with him to a community service project at a Boys and Girls Club on Monday.
The president and players led by NBA star Kobe Bryant joined with the youth in putting together care packages for wounded service members and toiletry kits for the homeless before he congratulated them on their second straight title in a ceremony on the gym floor.
The Lakers won their second consecutive title this year, and their 16th championship overall.
Obama said he wanted to do something different than a White House photo opportunity this year with the Lakers.
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In other Lakers news …
Center Andrew Bynum is expected to make his season debut Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards.
Bynum missed the first 24 games of the campaign while recovering from off- season knee surgery. The Lakers went 17-7 in his absence, though they have lost five of their past nine games.
The seven-footer underwent the procedure on July 28 to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee that was more damaged than originally thought.