Kobe Bryant made sure that a good deed didn’t go undetected.
According to a recent visit to China to promote the attraction for the 20-19 FIBA Basketball World Cup, one of Bryant’s associates reached out to Liu Zhe, the 28-year-old super fan who regained Bryant’s stolen Lower Merion High School jersey and returned into the school. Bryant wanted to demonstrate his fame for Liu’s generosity having a facetoface meeting until the former la Lakers celebrity returned to america.
Liu, a native of Harbin, China, purchased the jersey from an online retailer for approximately $2,000 in October 2018, nearly two years after it had been stolen from the display case at Bryant’s high school in February 20 17.
After realizing that the No. 3 3 uniform matched the one who has been missing, Liu linked to an agent for Lower Merion’s basketball team by its Insta-gram account and agreed to mail the uniform back to the school. He asked for nothing in return, besides trusting that Bryant would hear that the story about how the jersey has been regained.
Bryant met with Liu last weekend following a launch event because of his new children’s novel,”The Wizenard Series: Coaching Camp,” in Shenzhen, China. Liu had met Bryant a handful of days once the five-time champion made promotional appearances from China and the USA, yet this time around was extra special.
“I inquired Kobe,’Do you remember me?'” Liu advised ESPN. “He told me,’Yes, thanks for coming the jersey. You did a wonderful idea.'”
Liu used the possibility to give Bryant a letter he wrote , detailing exactly what the two-time NBA Finals MVP methods to him.
“many thanks, Kobe,” the letter concluded. “Thanks for two decades company. Mamba never out!”
Bryant autographed a poster-size photo of him Liu, taken when Liu had been a player in Bryant’s basketball camp in Los Angeles in 2018. He also included the inscription,”Do epic matters!”
Even the Lower Merion Police Department’s investigation to the 20 17 theft is ongoing assured of regaining the remaining stolen items taken from the school — including the 1996 PIAA Boys’ Basketball 4A State Championship trophy along with five pairs of Bryant’s trademark Nike sneakers — and bringing both unidentified thieves captured on security video which night to justice.
The LMPD said it has received more advice from Liu in regards to the online seller he purchased the jersey from.
“The Lower Merion School District is well aware that the fan in China did precisely the perfect thing and returned the Kobe Bryant jersey to Lower Merion High School,” the school district said in a statement. “We remain hopeful that the other stolen items will be returned as well and appreciate the continued work of this Lower Merion Township authorities to recover the items”