Kobe Bryant Smashes Home Run in Richard Sherman's Celebrity Softball Game

Steven CookContributor IIIJuly 21, 2014

Kobe Bryant has yet to make his NBA return after missing most of last season, but the Los Angeles Lakers great looks to be ready for competition if his softball prowess is any indication. 

Competing in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's annual celebrity softball game at Safeco Field, Bryant hit an opposite-field home run as captured by Instagram account LakersWorld16:

He also posed for a photo with Clippers guard Jamal Crawford and former SuperSonics great Gary Payton:

The Black Mamba sized it up and skied one to left-center field. The resulting slow trot proves he knew it was gone the second it left his bat. 

Apparently, Kobe had former NFL safety Lawyer Milloy to thank for the teaching points:

Watching Bryant take over a game is nothing new, but doing so on the baseball diamond is. Whether it's shooting from long range or going yard in softball, the five-time NBA champion remains clutch on any playing surface. 

If he didn't have 48 million reasons to stay put with the Lakers, Kobe just might contemplate a Michael Jordan-esque switch of sports.

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