Kobe Bryant finally made his long-awaited return to the court on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center.
But the return didn't go quite as Lakers fans and Kobe would have hoped that it would. The Lakers lost the game against the Raptors 106-94.
Bryant didn't show his top level of performance, as was obviously going to the case after eight months of rehab. Kobe is a little rusty in his game, even though he was already participating in 5-on-5 scrimmage during Lakers practice last week.
Kobe finished the game with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists, but he also had eight turnovers. He had a bad shooting night, as he went just 2-for-9 from the field.
Throughout the game, we were able to see that Kobe was looking a little too much for his assists and didn't look for his shot as much as we are used to. Since his teammates didn't transform his passes to points, it might be better if Kobe had started shooting a little more.
Even though Kobe struggled on his return, we should be happy that he is back. With this game against the Raptors, he entered into his 18th season as an NBA player.
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