Greeted by a forest of upraised arms, Kobe Bryant received a warm reception Thursday in China.
Of course, Bryant gets this everywhere. When he enters and leaves a Lakers game at Staples Center. At the London Olympics. And, in the case documented in the photo above, at an event in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province as part of his yearly Nike tour.
Bryant told The Times in February that he found that the Chinese were especially welcoming when he hosted a clinic in 1998.
"I enjoyed being around that," Bryant said. "I thought I'd come back every summer and help them out as much as I can."