Kobe Bryant’s/LAL return was spoiled by a superb performance by Amir Johnson/TOR and solid games from Kyle Lowry/TOR and DeMar DeRozan/TOR. Bryant is obviously not in game shape yet so it is too early to draw any conclusion about his effectiveness. LeBron James/MIA and Chris Bosh/MIA were solid and the Heat defeated the Pistons. The Knicks ended a string of very good games by getting thrashed on Sunday afternoon by the youthful Celtics. The Thunder took advantage of favorable circumstances and easily beat the Pacers. There are six NBA games on tap tonight. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
LOS ANGELES — Kobe to the rescue?
Are you kidding?
Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return in Sunday’s 106-94 loss to the Raptors, well before Christmas projections, but still too late to lead the Lakers as in days of yore.
Try four seasons too late, which is how long the days of yore have been over in Lakerdom.
Nor is this That Kobe. If he will ever get close again—you can just see Jim Buss going, “It’s early, it’s early… isn’t it?”– it’s weeks away.
This Kobe was dead-legged as you’d expect for a 35-year-old coming off Achilles surgery, flirting with a triple-double: nine points, eight rebounds and seven turnovers, shooting 2-for-9.
Of course, the Lakers all said it was a good start, which may have been minimally true, but is definitely all they have to believe in.
10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Kobe Bryant Returns, D-12 Celebrates Birthday in Style, Boston Destroys New York
Here’s everything you need to know about last night’s games. It all starts with the Black Mamba.
Kobe Bryant has officially made his return to the Los Angeles Lakers, and it didn’t go unnoticed around the league. Very few players can command this type of attention from their piers. The anticipation was coming from every corner of the league.
Kobe Bryant returned to the court tonight, eight months after tearing his Achilles tendon. So of course, there had to be an accompanying commercial from Nike.
Yes, that’s Ice Cube on the voice over.