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Yuen: For top Lynx pick Alissa Pili, fueling the dreams of Samoan and Indigenous kids is a 'blessing'

You can measure the elation surrounding the Minnesota arrival of basketball star Alissa Pili in the beat of drums, the jingles of a dress and the tears streaming down a young mother's face.

"I'm gonna cry," Kayla Leo said. "No, I don't want to cry. Why am I gonna cry? No, I don't want to cry."

Spoiler alert: Leo cried.

The Plymouth mom was courtside at Target Center, dabbing away tears as she explained the significance of Pili's first-round WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx. Sitting beside her, Leo's 2-year-old daughter, Tala - in pigtails and a floral Samoan skirt known as a lavalava - fueled her mom's emotions.


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