The jersey was stolen in 2017.
Kobe's untimely death has shaken the world and his fans are still mourning the loss of an icon and a legend. As the family grieves and tries to find a way to cope, some good news came their way recently. As reported by NBCNews, his No.33 jersey, the one he wore in high school, has been returned after being stolen in 2017.
The jersey has appeared with a collector in China and after being returned, it was unveiled at Lower Merion High School, Philadelphia. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Kobe's cousin.
Lower Merion coach Gregg Downer spoke with NBC Philadelphia and said: "That was kind of an iconic moment when the spotlight went on that jersey. It was just tremendous." He added: "It was major irony, almost, how we've been waiting for that jersey for a long time. For a long time we didn't know where it was. To have it back, it's a fitting ending to a tough week."
In Lower Merion’s first home game since Kobe’s death, Bryant’s cousin unveiled his HS jersey, which was stolen in 2017 and bought by a collector in China but finally returned on Saturday.— ESPN (@espn) February 2, 2020
Merion ended up winning the game in overtime.
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The process of returning the jersey had actually begun before the demise of the legend after the collector suspected that it might have been stolen. With the return of an important piece of his legacy, the family and fans may find another chapter closing in an act of good spirit.