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Kobe Bryant to visit Haikou
    2017-September-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

RETIRED U.S. basketball superstar Kobe Bryant will visit Haikou, the capital city of South China’s Hainan Province, on Sept. 12, sports and leisure company Mission Hills Group said at the weekend.

The five-time NBA champion will meet hundreds of his fans and local teenagers and interact with them at Mission Hills Haikou.

Local teenage basketball players will also have a chance to play a game with the “Black Mamba.”

Bryant is the most popular foreign athlete in China, according to an ESPN report in 2016.

He has had the best-selling sports jersey in China for five years (2007-2010, 2012) since the NBA first released jersey sales rankings for China in 2005. And his career finale attracted more than 110 million people on Tencent, the exclusive digital partner of the NBA and ESPN in China.

Besides Bryant’s certain Hall of Fame career, his experience of living in Italy and his ability to speak Italian adds a glimmer of panache and international style. Bryant has been the best in terms of giving back to his Chinese fans. In 2009, Bryant created the Kobe Bryant China Fund and donated 5 million yuan (US$700,000) — to Sichuan Province, which was rocked by a devastating earthquake.

Bryant first visited China in 1998 to host a basketball camp. Three years later, he climbed the Great Wall and performed a slam dunk on it. Since 2006, Bryant has gone on a promotional tour every year, even in 2013 after suffering a torn Achilles.

While he lives in Los Angeles, Bryant once said, “China is home away from home.”

Bryant even made an exclusive commercial during which he gave a speech to his Chinese fans about how they shouldn’t love him for being a decorated champion, but instead hate him for the way he pushed them to strive for greatness. (SD-Agencies)

 

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