As if his return following a torn Achilles needed any more hype, the LA Lakers' official Facebook page released a video called "Seasons of Legend" that pegged Bryant's return date with the words, "THE LEGEND CONTINUES... DECEMBER 8."
Fittingly, the legend will continue against the Toronto Raptors, the team on which he dropped 81 points in 2006.
That game has drawn the most hype, but the matchup featuring the best teams will be in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder are taking on the Indiana Pacers.
Paul George has launched himself into the realm of the NBA's truly elite this year as a two-way threat who can dominate both ends of the floor. He'll have his hands full trying to cover Kevin Durant Sunday.
Elsewhere, Dwight Howard will take on his former Magic team, though not in Orlando. The Miami Heat will have a chance to avenge a recent loss to the Detroit Pistons. And Eastern Conference juggernots (the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Celtics and New York Knicks) will square off in the Big Apple.
Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks, 12 p.m. ET
Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons, 6 p.m. ET
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 p.m. ET
Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30 p.m. ET