14 Years Later: Larry Nance Jr., Soldier Pen Pal Reconnect


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from NBA.com


When serving in the United States military in 2003, Bianca Snow couldn’t have predicted that her 10-year-old pen pal would grow up to become a Los Angeles Laker.

Then again, with the way little Larry Nance Jr. wrote about his NBA-player father and his fandom of the Lakers, maybe she could have.

On Sunday, Snow reached out to Nance on Twitter, posting two letters that the now-24-year-old wrote to her while she was overseas.

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Snow told Nance that she kept the letters he sent and that she is glad his dream of playing in the NBA came true.

In a 2014 Facebook status that she also tweeted, she wrote about how the letters helped her and that she intended to thank the person who sent them.

Three years later she did, and Nance responded with an invitation to watch him play.

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Snow accepted her pen pal’s offer.

Later she tweeted her thanks from support that poured in from those that saw her exchange with Nance.

Below are the contents of Nance’s letters.

Dear U.S. Soldier,

My name is Larry Nance. I have 1 sister, 1 brother that annoy me all the time. My dad played in the N.B.A.

Thank you for fighting for us in the war. You must be brave and miss your family.

I hope you get home soon and see your family soon.

Good luck.

Sincerly [sic],
Larry Nance

Dear U.S. Soldier,

Is the war almost over? Where is Saddam? How are you? I’m fine. Thank you for writing back. Where are you?

Are you good at basketball? I like the Lakers too they are wining there [sic] series with the Timberwolves. Who is your favorite player? Mine is Shaq. Who do you want to get LeBron James? I want the Cavs to get LeBron, that is because my dad played for the Cavs. His number is retired in the Gund Arena.

And Again Thank you!!

Larry Nance



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