Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to action on Sunday after nine months out through injury, but the LA Lakers superstar was far from pleased with his own performance as the franchise succumbed to defeat against Toronto Raptors.
The 35-year-old sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon against Golden State Warriors and had not played at until the weekend meeting with the Raptors, but Bryant was uber critical of himself following the 106-94 loss.
When asked to grade himself Bryant went for an 'F', while he also described his display as 'horse-s**t.'
"I'm just insanely critical," Bryant told reporters. "There was a bunch of things that I completely messed up on."
Bryant played for 28 minutes at the Staples Center, finishing with nine points, eight rebounds, four assists, eight turnovers and two steals, but laid a large portion of the blame on himself for the Lakers conceding 19 turnovers.
The Raptors scored 22 points after the Lakers had given away possession and Bryant claims he 'failed miserably' in that department but, although he was concerned by his performance, he was relieved to get back on the court.
"My rhythm is completely out of sync in terms of being able to read passing lanes and judge the timing of players in between those lanes and so forth," Bryant added. "But I guess it's a start. I guess a start is good."
Next up for the Lakers will be the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, and Bryant will be hoping for an improved display.
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