Grading Kobe Bryant's First Game Back from Achilles Injury for LA Lakers

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Grading Kobe Bryant's First Game Back from Achilles Injury for LA Lakers
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Kobe Bryant was introduced to the sounds of John Williams' "Imperial March." The ominous music might have been a sign of things to come for his return from a torn Achilles tendon.

Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors, Kobe was more Anakin Skywalker than Darth Vader, often wielding his new dark-side powers to the detriment of his team.

In a 106-94 loss, Kobe scored just nine points on 2-of-9 shooting. He also turned the ball over eight times.

It's never a good idea to put too much stock into one game, but this one would suggest Bryant still has got a long way to go on his road back.

But considering the circumstances, it really shouldn't be all doom and gloom for Lakers fans. 

Kobe fast-tracked his way back from a devastating injury, playing in an NBA game just eight months after the Achilles betrayed him.

And despite the poor shooting and rusty ball-handling, he almost notched a double-double thanks to a team-high eight rebounds (tied with Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol).

So while there was a lot to criticize, Kobe may have still done enough to earn a passing grade in his season debut.

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