Bianca Snow, a United States soldier, had an old pen pal whose name you might recognize now. His name is Larry Nance Jr., a current Los Angeles Laker, and she posted his old letters from 14 years ago on Facebook and Twitter. They’re incredible.
The first letter reads:
March 19, 2003
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 NBA.
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.
Snow posted this to her Facebook three years ago, with this caption:
Kept letters from my pen pal while I was overseas... Those letter got me thru (like I was locked down for 23) lol... Seriously I’m going to find this kid and thank him.
Three years ago, Nance was much less known as a college basketball player for Wyoming.
Then she posted the first note, along with another on Twitter on Friday.
The second note sent by a young Nance reads:
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 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!!
These notes are incredible coming from a 9- or 10-year-old Nance. His questions are incredibly blunt, and he obviously had the 2003 NBA Draft on his mind.
When Snow posted these notes on Twitter, Nance saw them and invited Snow to a game.
WOW! That's awesome! So cool you kept these... Please by my guest to a game this year. I would love to meet you! https://t.co/2asN2o4ZhX— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) July 23, 2017
This is so great. <3
On Nov. 15, Nance honored her at a Lakers game, and gave her his jersey.