Kobe Bryant is set to make his long-awaited return to action with the LA Lakers on Sunday, and will make his way back onto the court with his team having recorded a winning record so far this season.
The Lakers have been without Bryant for 19 games in 2013-14 and their record stands at 10-9 after securing the win over the Sacremento Kings on Friday night. And that looks set to be their last outing without Bryant.
The 35-year-old NBA superstar sustained a torn Achilles tendon playing against Golden State Warriors in April, and has not played since. Bryant had initially been pencilled in to play the Kings, but the Raptors now await at the weekend.
Bryant could be understandably rusty when he finally makes his return to NBA action, and his performance will be under greater scrutiny than any other player on the court at the Staples Center.
But Bryant knows that his teammates will have his back and Jordan Hill says the Lakers are ready to carry him through games where necessary.
"You know who he is, he's Kobe Bryant. But he's not going to be able to do it by himself," Hill told reporters. "We've got to go out there and fight for him and carry him."