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Highlights from Kobe Bryant’s return to court (VIDEO)

Dec 9, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

There were rough patches — the 2-for-9 shooting, the eight turnovers — but there were also moments in Kobe Bryant‘s return to action Sunday night against Toronto where you said “that’s the Kobe I remember.”

There was his first play, a bullet pass to Robert Sacre for an assist. Later there was the jab step to create space followed by a pull-up jumper from 19 feet. There was still enough explosion to get into the lane when he wanted to drive. He could still make some plays.

More importantly it’s just good for the league to have Kobe Bryant back. This is a league driven by stars and Kobe is among the brightest (and most polarizing, but still among the greats). Kobe will go down as one of the greatest two guards ever to play the game, one of the greatest players in Lakers’ history. He’s an icon. And having him back on the court is good for the league.

  1. beach305 - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    2 of 9 shooting.

    Looks like he’s in mid-season form already

  2. asimonetti88 - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I’m surprised they didn’t highlight the play where he stripped a Raptors player of the ball in the corner (I believe it was DeRozan or Ross).

    • antistratfordian - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      It was DeRozan. But Kobe immediately turned the ball back over to DeRozan, who then dished for an assist all up in Kobe’s grill as Mamba executed a poor flop attempt trying to draw a charge (a Christmas miracle!). That summed up his night.

  3. jammer73 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM


  4. davemeisner - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM


  5. lalifer - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    The momentum for the Lakers died when Kobe was inserted in the 4th quarter for Xavier Henry. He was the one bringing back the game for Lakers. Bad move. D’Antoni should have taken out someone else. But still, we will be better as Kobe comes along and no set backs with his heel. We really do have a better team than last year’s. And these guys have a whole season working out to catch the 2013-2014 team. Was nice to see Meeks was doing his thing whether starting or coming off the bench.

  6. azarkhan - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    “There were rough patches — the 2-for-9 shooting, the eight turnovers…”

    So you expect me to believe that out of that mess, there were highlights? Thanks, but I’ll pass.

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