Savvy, sluggish and potentially successful at times – you wouldn’t expect anything less from Kobe Bryant in his return to the court. The Los Angeles Lakers legend, nearly eight months removed from an Achilles tear that cost him the end of the ill-fated 2012-13 season and first 19 games of this campaign, returned as a starter in the Lakers’ 106-94 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, immediately making an impact on the game on both ends – in ways both bad and good, fitting a 35-year old that had been away from the court for so long.
Kobe struggled with both his personal timing and chemistry with his teammates in the loss, finishing with nine points on 2-9 shooting with eight turnovers, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. He was given a sound chance to act the hero down the stretch, returning to the game to replace the Lakers’ leading scorer Xavier Henry (who was white hot before the benching in scoring 17 points on only eight shots, and did not return to the game) with the Lakers down six in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers could not overcome a spirited Raptors club on either end.
Here’s a clip of Kobe taking to the court for the first time since the second week of April:Read More »from Kobe Bryant returns to the court, hears the cheers, dishes the dimes, scores at last, Lakers lose (Videos)