Kobe Bryant finally returned to the basketball court for meaningful minutes.
Nearly eight months after injuring his Achilles tendon, he finally returned to the Los Angeles Lakers lineup Sunday against the Toronto Raptors. Though, the Raptors spoiled his return by topping the Lakers 106-94.
Kobe finished the night going 2 for 9 from the field, scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds. He also added four assists.
Here was his intro:
Here’s his first point of the season:
All in all, it was a pretty much successful night for the Lakers — Kobe didn’t get injured. However, there was some rust. There were moments that he looked a little slow, maybe it was just rust but it was evident that this is going to take some time.
Despite the loss and Kobe's pedestrian stat line, Pau had his back: "I think tonight was a very positive performance by him"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 9, 2013
With that said, coming off an Achilles injury is a lot serious than most of people think. I think Kobe realizes that now, if he didn’t before. It probably wasn’t the smoothest of debuts, but it wasn’t that bad.
The oddest part of it all was Kobe’s willingness to pass-first. He didn’t take many shots. Here was his stat line through three quarters:
The more he plays, the more he’ll improve. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said that Kobe would play about 20 minutes, he played 28. I think everything pretty much went according to plan. This was progress. More will come. Sit tight, Lakers fans.