Bryant’s stolen jersey returned for ceremony at high school

Philadelphia 76ers' Al Horford, from left, Kyle O'Quinn, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons stand during a tribute for NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant before an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Philadelphia. Bryant wore No. 33 while playing at Lower Merion High School. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — A collector in China has returned Kobe Bryant’s stolen jersey to Lower Merion High School in suburban Philadelphia.

Bryant’s retired No. 33 uniform was stolen in 2017 from the school’s campus and eventually bought by the collector in China. The Kobe collector contacted the school and helped return the keepsake. Lower Merion played its first home game Saturday since Bryant was killed.

The jersey was unveiled by Bryant’s cousin, old high school coach and former teammate at Bryant Gymnasium. Bryant led the Aces to the 1996 state championship.

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