Two years after Kobe Bryant's #33 jersey was stolen from a show case at Lower Merion High School, it has lastly been returned.
According to stories, Bryant's highschool jersey surfaced in China after being bought for $2,000 by Liu Zhe, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed Kobe fanatic.
Liu reportedly mailed the jersey again to the varsity final week, and it was later confirmed that the signature on the uniform was genuine.
"Liu, who proudly shows his Bryant memorabilia on his Instagram account, stated he was contacted by a web based vendor trying to gauge Liu's curiosity within the merchandise. Liu informed ESPN he paid roughly $2,000 for it, completely happy so as to add Bryant's highschool No. 33 to his assortment filled with Los Angeles Lakers uniforms -- each the No. eight and No. 24 variations -- in addition to Bryant's No. 10 USA Basketball jersey."
"However, after having the jersey in his possession, Liu stated he realized the placing resemblance of his new memento to the framed Bryant jersey that was stolen again in 2017 together with Lower Merion's 1996 PIAA Boys' Basketball 4A State Championship trophy, Bryant's Parade All-American plaque, in addition to a number of recreation packages and 5 pairs of Bryant's signature Nike sneakers finished up within the Aces' maroon and white coloration scheme."
Kobe is ready to go to Shenzhen, China, on Saturday to announce the draw for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Liu is hoping the Lakers' legend can be made conscious of who helped return his stolen jersey.
"I hope Kobe can know the information earlier than he involves China," Liu stated, per ESPN.
Nike Signs Sneaker And Clothing Deal With "League Of Legends" Pro League
Nike is making a splash within the e-sports world.
E-sports have develop into extremely fashionable over the previous couple of years because of aggressive video games corresponding to Starcraft, League of Legends, and Overwatch. Professional leagues have been created round these video video games and have turned themselves into billion-dollar industries. One of the main nations within the e-sports motion is China, who has the League Of Legends Pro League. It is now being reported by the Verge that Nike has signed a cope with the league as a way to develop into its official clothes shop.
This signifies that Nike shall be making sneakers and jerseys for the groups inside the league. As reported by the Verge, groups have signed endorsement offers prior to now, however nothing of this magnitude has ever been completed earlier than.
Per the Verge:
"The cope with Nike is one thing of a landmark in e-sports. While firms like Champion and Okay-Swiss have signed attire offers with particular person groups and gamers prior to now, this marks the primary league-wide settlement with a significant athletics producer."
As acknowledged within the Tweet above, these jerseys will finally be accessible for buy. The gear shall be making its debut later in 2019 on the League of Legends World Championship in Paris.
Nike can also be anticipated to provide bodily coaching packages to the groups as effectively, in an effort to organize them for large competitions.
REPORT: Nicki Minaj Flew To China For A Fyre Festival-Like Experience Of Her Own
Nicki Minaj was set to carry out a set at Djakarta Warehouse Project China over the weekend — however there was only one drawback. As it seems, the entire thing was a rip-off (allegedly).
The unauthorized music competition apparently wasn’t a legit DWP occasion. “The occasion rumored to happen in Shanghai on 17th & 18th of November 2018 is an unauthorized use of DWP trademark,” the corporate formally acknowledged on-line. “DWP as a model, has no affiliation with the occasion.”
So, the rapper reportedly flew 6,000 miles to carry out her 90-minute set, solely to seek out out organizers had been duping followers and the artists. Although there was a crowd of individuals there at $400 per head, and plenty of excited to see Nicki carry out, the rapper refused to go on.
Minaj later took to Instagram to deal with her followers: “I’ll be again you guys for my actual followers, in Shanghai, in China. I like you a lot. And I’ll be again with a greater companion this time, okay?”
Shaq Dropping Some Filthy Riddim Is The Meme EDM Needed [VIDEOS]
It’s no secret that Shaq has been DJ’ing for more than a few years now. His big break, so to speak, was playing TomorrowWorld in 2015, wherein future fans were able to experience the full might of his personality and musical taste. Back then, it was a pretty trap-heavy set; but now, people are going crazy over these videos of Shaq dropping some heavy dubstep at a festival in China over the weekend.
Shaq, or DJ Diesel as he goes by in the dance music world, was dropping some absolutely massive bangers from the likes of Zomboy and SVDDEN DEATH during his set. Clearly, a lot of people are loving it.
And honestly, I’m not sure why this is coming as a surprise to anyone. Like I mentioned, Shaq has been throwing down bangers for years now. I guess the general public has finally caught up with the news.
Check out some videos from his set below.
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The Big Fella Having A Ball in China
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Over It: This Chinese Reporter Might’ve Had The Best Eye Roll Of 2018
There’s nothing I love more than a good eye roll.
What other gesture can express your annoyance, while still staying discreet enough for social etiquette?
One Chinese reporter probably thought she was keeping her anger on the low when she delivered a well executed eye roll towards another reporter.
However, unluckily for her (yet luckily for us), the whole scene was caught on camera.
, the incident went down at China’s annual two session meeting where political affairs are discussed. The eye roller the week is named Liang Xiangyi. She works for the Chinese business outlet Yicai, while the reporter beside her, Zhang Huijun, works for the U.S.-based American Multimedia Television.
Zhang was asking a rather lengthy question about state asset supervision, and Liang reportedly couldn’t deal with the long-windedness.
Thus, the eye role that was seen across China and the world.
Liang’s clip went viral, but it didn’t come without consequences. Authorities revoked her media accreditation, according to a colleague, and her personal Weibo (Chinese version Twitter) was taken down.
Talk about censorship.
Hopefully, this won’t be the end to Liang’s career. She already won with an eye roll that will forever be felt in our spirits.
"Black Panther" Earns $66.5 Million In Debut Weekend at Chinese Box Office
This past week, Marvel’s Black Panther crossed the incredible threshold $1 billion globally, after being in theaters for a little under a month, joining a very exclusive club that is host to only 32 other films that have done the same, while being the only superhero origin story to do so.
Now, we can attribute some part that global success to an impressive opening weekend in China as the film grossed $66.5 million in its first three days in the eastern nation, making it the largest opening a Western film in China in 2018 so far.
Black Panther now sits at the No. 21 spot on the list the highest-grossing films all time, sitting $6 million behind DC’s The Dark Knight. Considering that the film just closed out with a little over $40 million domestically, holding on to its No. 1 spot in North America, its ascension up the list won’t be much a challenge in the coming weeks. This weekend marked the third-largest fourth weekend all time, trailing behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar.
Currently, Marvel will be looking to best itself with the April 27th arrival its Avengers: Infinity War film. The movie is being heralded by the studio as the most expansive superhero movie ever, bringing in as many as 67 total hero characters into the mix—including characters from Black Panther.
Lupe Fiasco's New Series Will Chronicle His Quest To Master Kung-Fu
Lupe Fiasco is the iron fist. Destined for a higher purpose, the acclaimed lyricist has put down the microphone in order to channel his inner Danny Rand. Like the Wu-Tang Clan before him, Lupe has long been fascinated with martial arts. Unlike many his contemporaries, Lupe is actually adept at swordplay, and seems to take the art combat seriously. It's no surprise, as Lupe has always been meticulous about his craft. Now, it would appear he is planning to take things to the upper echelon. The Chicago rapper has signed up for a new Documentary series called Beat n Path, which will focus on his quest to elevate his martial prowess.
The series will follow Lupe as he travels to China in order to train with Kung-Fu Masters throughout the pilot. As Lupe's hip-hop roots run deep, the rapper will also explore China's budding hip-hop scene. In an interview with Kix Asia, Lupe opened up about his love martial arts, and how he kept his passion alive long into adulthood:
"I trained in the martial arts with my father since I was about 3 years old and it's always been a passion mine. It pops up in my music sometimes with] little hints it here and there, but for the most part, my fans never really saw that side or really saw my martial arts side. They only know me for being a musician and a rapper. Hopefully this show will introduce people to that side me."
Check out Lupe's interview below, for more his notable influences. You can also catch a brief promo Beat n Path after the jump. The series is set to premiere tonight on Celestial Tiger Entertainment's Kix in China.
Receipts: Turns Out Trump Was Lying On LiAngelo Ball
Big Ballers don’t lie.
According to ESPN’s latest report on UCLA’s men’s basketball team, LaVar Ball was telling the truth when he went toe to toe with Donald Trump.
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Among the new details that have emerged: what the players stole from the other two stores besides the sunglasses from Louis Vuitton; that the players were required to leave the police station multiple times to return the items they stole to all three stores; that one player hid a pair stolen sunglasses in UCLA head coach Steve Alford’s hotel room; how UCLA and Pac-12 ficials bailed the players out jail without committing an NCAA violation; how charges were dropped, the bail refunded and the players’ passports returned two days before White House chief staff John Kelly called the players to inform them that President Donald Trump was working on their release; how UCLA appeased Chinese authorities by keeping the players in China for 72 hours after the rest the team had returned to Los Angeles; and why school ficials thought it wise to thank Trump and Kelly while still unsure the impact their efforts.
Three UCLA freshmen, Ball (18 years old at the time), Riley (19) and Hill (17), walked to Pinghai Road, where they entered the Louis Vuitton store shortly after sunset, made their way to the second floor and looked at a display sunglasses. Ball attempted to buy a pair that retailed for $730, but his credit card was declined, not an uncommon occurrence for people on a trip who had not alerted their credit card companies their travels.
Ball, Riley and Hill left the store and talked outside before re-entering a few minutes later. The players returned to the second floor, and each took a pair glasses and exited without paying. The trio then walked across Pinghai Road to a mall with more affordable retail stores such as Uniqlo, Zara and H&M and took more sunglasses, these the $15 variety, from a local boutique store before walking into H&M and snagging a 5-pack beaded bracelets retailing for $6. When Ball, Riley and Hill made the short walk around the street corner back to the Hyatt, the three freshmen had shoplifted from three stores in a span 90 minutes.
Donald Trump first found out about the situation, according to The New York Times, when members his staff saw it on CNN just before Trump’s dinner with the president China, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Thursday. Trump would later tell reporters on Tuesday, Nov. 14, that he first heard about the situation “two days ago,” at which point he personally asked the Chinese president to look into the matter. The White House did not respond to requests to clear up the timeline, but UCLA sources say they didn’t become aware Trump’s involvement until Sunday when White House chief staff John Kelly called the players to say that Trump was intervening on their behalf and that he was optimistic a quick resolution. A Pac-12 source, who was not present for the actual call from Kelly, confirmed the UCLA sources’ description the timeline.
“The situation was already resolved by the time we heard about Trump’s involvement,” one team source said. “That’s not to take away from the fact that he got involved, but the players already had their passports back and their flights booked to go home Tuesday night when Gen. Kelly called the players.”
In a New York Times story headlined “How Trump Helped Liberate UCLA ‘Knuckleheads’ from China,” Kelly said Trump’s intervention, as well as efforts by State Department diplomats, led to the reduction the charges to the equivalent misdemeanors as well as the release the three players to their hotel where they were placed under temporary house arrest.
“The players were already checked into the hotel before the public discovered they were arrested,” a team source said. “They also were not under house arrest. It was our decision to keep them at the hotel until the situation was resolved. The charges were dropped, they weren’t reduced, and that happened two days before we heard from Gen. Kelly.”
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REPORT: Apple Cuts iPhone X Production In Half
Rumors have been swarming that Apple plans on its latest and most talked about smartphone device — the iPhone X. Well, according to a new , that’s at least half true.
A reveals Apple recently notified suppliers that it’s cutting production in half due to “disappointing holiday season sales.” That means the prospected 40M units will be more like 20M this quarter.
According to ‘s insiders:
Apple will halve its production target for the iPhone X in the three-month period from January from the figure over 40 million units envisaged at the time its release in November. The U.S. tech giant notified suppliers that it had decided to cut the target for the period to around 20 million units, in light slower-than-expected sales in the year-end holiday shopping season in key markets such as Europe, the U.S. and China.
The U.S. tech giant notified suppliers that it had decided to cut the target for the period to around 20 million units, in light slower-than-expected sales in the year-end holiday shopping season in key markets such as Europe, the U.S. and China.
If this is true, it seems this is really the beginning the end for the iPhone X. Apple still seems to be doing ok, as far as iPhone 7/Plus and 8/Plus sales go.