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Kobe looks sharp in Lakers win over Bobcats (VIDEO)

Dec 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Under normal circumstances, getting a win over the Charlotte Bobcats — even on the road, and even on the second night of a back-to-back — is little to get excited about.

But for the Lakers, who are without a healthy point guard at the moment and are trying to work Kobe Bryant back into the mix as he returns from injury, they can be a little happier than usual with the victorious result.

Bryant looked sharp, and finished with 21 points on 8-0f-15 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds and eight assists. Most importantly, he appeared active and energetic in his second game in as many nights, and made the kinds of shots we’ve become accustomed to seeing from him throughout his storied career.

  1. davidly - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    C- preemptive
    PBT commenters who complain about Kobe getting coverage for his performance last night.
    21 points on only eight shots, along with seven boards and eight assists in 32 minutes of action–even if he did turn it over seven times–this is a story.

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Mamba is coming back. Besides the fact he’s averaging about 8 TOs he looks good.

    He def looks less athletic but I think he’ll be all the way back by February.

    • money2long - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      kobe’s post game interview made me laugh. kb jokingly/seriously said he was gonna “get in the spaniard’s azz in the locker room” bcuz of the forced turnovers. pau had some butter fingers in that bobcats game.

  3. JHathwell - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Good time for a little perspective. Kobe Bryant, at 35 years old, ended up missing a grand total of 25 games after tearing his achilles heal and now, 4 games into his return, he looks to be settling into business as usual.

    There’s only one of him, folks.

    • spthegr8 - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      You are right, there is only 1 mamba. & he is Returning too form. LETS GO LAKESHOW!!!

  4. musician0785 - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Tick Tock?

  5. packfaninca - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Lets not forget 8 turnovers and 0 defense. Basketball is played on both sides of the court

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      and 1 win.

  6. brotherlove2012 - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Kobe fan or not, you gotta give the man his dues. Accomplishing that at 35 is mind blowing, returning from an Achille’s tear is one of the hardest thing to do in sports. It robs you of your quickness and just makes you a different athlete. He’s never going to be as great as he once was, but even an average Kobe is better than many good players . For the Lakers it’s like getting their mojo back.

  7. dannymac17 - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    lol @ “Besides the fact he’s averaging about 8 TOs he looks good.”


  8. calden99 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I HATE basketball because:
    A) why didn’t they show no defense, because there is none
    B) why did they only show Kobe if there is no I in team well apparently there is.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      You hate basketball but you comment on a basketball blog?

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