Former soldier reconnects with old pen pal Larry Nance Jr.

NBA.com Staff

Long before he followed his father’s footsteps to the NBA, Larry Nance Jr. was a 10-year-old kid sending letters to U.S. solders in Iraq as part of his school’s pen pal program.

Amazingly, one of those soldiers, Bianca Snow, kept Nance’s letters, tweeting a copy of one of them to the Lakers forward on Saturday.

Even back then, it was readily apparent that basketball was Nance’s passion. He also couldn’t resist bragging on his dad, who represented the Cavaliers in two All-Star games.

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

Nance saw Snow’s tweet and responded with an invitation to attend a game this season.