He's back. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
After raising the possibility earlier this week, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers made it official on Friday afternoon — Bryant will return to the L.A. lineup this Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. ET against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center, just under eight months after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon.
(Bonus points for subtlety, gang.)
The clip ostensibly positions Kobe as a literal superhero — seriously, this feels like the "Man of Steel" trailer or something — able to withstand all manner of battering, bruising and tearing (get it?) and come back whole, renewed, a bright-shining beacon, a guardian in gold trimmed with purple. Through the changing of the seasons, through each and every era, there's just one constant; he wears No. 24, he'll be here for another couple of years, and he's coming back against that team he routinely torches and on whom he once hung 81. AllRead More »from Kobe Bryant announces via Facebook that he will return to Lakers on Sunday vs. Raptors