Kobe Bryant Returns to the Lakers' Lineup Against the Raptors

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

Bleacher Report

On Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors, Kobe Bryant returned to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for the first time since tearing his Achilles tendon in April.

Bryant recorded an assist on the Lakers' first bucket of the game. He missed his first two attempts in his first shift—seven minutes—back on the court. When he came back into the game in the second quarter, he finally got on the board.

After missing one free-throw attempt, he sank the second one for his first points of the season:

Third time was apparently the charm for Bryant. After he missed his first two shots, he made his next shot:

His season debut marks the beginning of his 18th season wearing purple and gold.

The Lakers are 10-9 this season, and getting the Black Mamba is a huge boost. However, Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com reported that Bryant's minutes will initially be limited to the 20s.