Kobe Bryant has finally taken to the court for the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in almost 10 months.
Kobe's last appearance for the famous franchise came on Tuesday 17th of December, 2013 against the Memphis Grizzlies - a game in which he dropped 21 points.
And whilst Bryant, returning for the Lakers' first preseason game of 2014, didn't quite hit those heights against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego, the mere fact he is back on the court and looking fresh will have Lakers fan salivating.
It is a moment they have been craving ever since news broke last season that their hero was facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Bryant didn't exactly disappoint those who were in attendance in Monday night either, sinking 13 points (5 from 12 from the field) as the Lakers took on the Denver Nuggets in both franchise's opening games of the pre-season.
The highlight reel shows the veteran Kobe, coming off the back of two injury-hit campaigns, retains some of the things that have helped him to the peak of the NBA.
His trusted fadeaway, impeccable timing on shot selection, and his fabled footwork were all on show in front of a packed arena and Bryant himself was clearly feeling good with his night's work.
The Black Mamba told reporters after the 95-98 win; "I felt like I could do anything I wanted."
That will be music to LA Lakers fans' ears that is for sure.
Road to recovery
After a turbulent 2013-14 campaign the famous purple and gold are looking to start afresh with a rebuilt roster (and coaching staff) ahead of the upcoming season.
With Kobe Bryant joined by Steve Nash on the recovery trail, and rookie Julius Randle just two rebounds away from a double double vs the Nuggets there is a growing feeling of positivity down in Los Angeles that is for sure.
But with an injury to key role man Nick Young, and a 27-55 record to improve on in the coming season they can't get too ahead of themselves just yet.
Mind you, with a confident Kobe back on the court who knows what is possible.News Now - Sport News