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Lakers' Nance is surrounded by fans

Lakers' Nance is surrounded by fans

The size of the welcoming crowd was surprising, truly.

Kids had their gold jerseys signed. The elderly posed for pictures with their favorite basketball player. Fans lined up for quite a while just for a few seconds of face-to-face time.

Maybe they appreciated Kobe Bryant too, but Larry Nance Jr. was the big hit Tuesday, two hours before the Lakers played the Denver Nuggets.

The rookie out of Wyoming agreed to a meet-and-greet with hundreds of people who came to see him play. Denver is about two hours from the campus in Laramie, Wyo., a “pretty treacherous drive,” Nance conceded.

He signed basketballs, he signed a baseball for some reason and he even...