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.