Lakers: Kobe Bryant To Play Sunday


VIDEO: The GameTime crew talks Kobe’s return

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST – With Steven Spielberg-like flair, the Los Angeles Lakers have announced Kobe Bryant‘s return via Facebook. At the end of a dramatic, two-minute long video, finally the words were revealed: “The Legend Continues… Dec. 8.”

Sunday evening (9:30 p.m. ETNBA TV) at Staples Center, Bryant for the first time this season will don the purple-and-gold — er, make that the Lakers’ Sunday whites — against the Toronto Raptors, a team he once lit up for 81 points.

Earlier in the week there was speculation that Bryant, out since April 12, when he tore his left Achilles’ tendon, would begin his 18th season tonight at Sacramento. But that notion was rather quickly dispelled. Bryant continued to work exhaustively through practices this week and received rave reviews from coach Mike D’Antonio following Thursday’s workout.

And then it happened. At 4:15 p.m. ET, the Lakers’ official Twitter account let it be known that the team had exclusively announced his return on Facebook:

The Lakers (9-9) have a chance to enter Sunday’s game above .500 with a win at Sacramento tonight.

Either way, the anxious anticipation for the Mamba’s return is over.

18 Comments

  1. RealLakerGM says:

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  2. hsnrsy says:

    Iam sooo exciting!!! BLACK MAMBAAAAA!!!

  3. beastfit says:

    Hey guys! here is an article I wrote on Kobe’s return this week, check it out! Let me know what you think! http://www.beastfitethan.com/los-angeles-lakers-dark-knight-rises/

  4. pem says:

    The video was allright, the special effects kinda cheap,

    kobe, u re a great player , but u are not a messiah, just a basketball player,

  5. Jawane says:

    Kobe all day baby! Hes back hes back

  6. LBJThreePeat says:

    I already know this is goin to ruin the lakers they have a nice young core with the ball moving smoothly through all five guys hands and now this ball hog is goin to comeback and ruin the chemistry. I can’t wait for him to comeback and prove all the Kobe fan boys wrong.

  7. PalmOil Preference says:

    Hooping fans around the world unite. Were getting our superstars back slowly but surely. Even if you don’t like him he’s the type you hate to love.

    As far as the Lakers needing him right now. With thier 10-9 record they have showed they can at least go another 4-6 weeks w/o Mr.Bean. The chemistry, fire power, and selfless attitude of this team speaks volumes to the team success because they are not that talented on paper but on court they play a good style of ball.

  8. streegan says:

    im happy that he will return on my birthday at Dec 8

  9. White Mamba Fan says:

    The NBA had officially started.

  10. HallwayBasketballGM says:

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  11. skrutz says:

    Lets hope theres no Derek Rose incident… a flashy comeback, and quickly gone again. And at his age, he’s got to be extra careful (which he probably won’t be) – especially when he’s expected to carry the entire team.

  12. justin says:

    lebron clowns inbound

  13. Bob says:

    NBA starts from Sunday… Welcome back MAMBA

  14. mustafa says:

    lets go Kobe Bryant, i was supporting you the whole way through your injury. thank god you’re healthy.Long reign Kobe and the Lakers organization

  15. Kobe returns! This will definitely bring much more light into the NBA!

    Lakers baby!