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Kobe Bryant Will Make His Return Against The Toronto Raptors Reviewed by Momizat on . On April 12, 2013, Kobe Bryant ruptured his Achilles against the Golden State Warriors and most were left wondering if Father Time had finally defeated the supe On April 12, 2013, Kobe Bryant ruptured his Achilles against the Golden State Warriors and most were left wondering if Father Time had finally defeated the supe Rating: 0
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Kobe Bryant Will Make His Return Against The Toronto Raptors


On April 12, 2013, Kobe Bryant ruptured his Achilles against the Golden State Warriors and most were left wondering if Father Time had finally defeated the superstar. After months of rehabilitation and numerous practices, Bryant will make his highly-anticipated return against the Toronto Raptors.

According to his Facebook page, Bryant had three strong practices this week and will return Sunday against the Raptors.

Instead of trying to strengthen the ligaments around the Achilles, Bryant immediately had surgery the following day to speed up the recovery process. Only four months after the surgery, Bryant made headlines during his visit to China when he informed fans that he “shattered” the expected recovery time and was already able to walk and lift weights.

In mid-August, Kobe posted a video of him running on an anti-gravity treadmill on Instagram and by October, he was able to run on his full body weight. While most anticipated Bryant would return by opening day against the Clippers, he revealed that he was working on regaining mobility in his ankle with the Achilles already fully healed.

On November 5, the five-time champion blacked out his Twitter avatar and tweeted “#blackout #bearhunt” which signaled that a return was near. When asked about his avatar, Bryant shared that he needed at least three weeks of intense conditioning before returning to the practice court. On November 16, Bryant was medically cleared and participated in full-contact scrimmages. For the past couple of weeks, Bryant has taken time to measure what he can still do on the court while adapting to any physical limitations he may have following the injury.

With Bryant fully healthy and ready to go, he returns to the court extremely motivated to prove his doubters wrong. Throughout the entire recovery process, many were skeptical that he would be able to return at a high-level due to his age and the severity of the injury. With the Lakers exceeding expectations, Kobe Bryant will look to lead the Lakers deep into the playoffs.

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  • jaime

    First paragraph says he returns against kings?

    • Luis

      I know wtf lol

  • Lakers Fan

    Kobe haters/doubters not looking forward to Sunday. Time to prove them wrong Kobe. Time to prove why you are the best player of this generation. Time to prove why you are the Black Mamba and a 5-time NBA Champion. Time to take this league by storm and put everybody on notice. The excitement I feel right now is unreal. Welcome back Mamba! Go Lakers!

    • RKM

      well, he always proves them wrong….

  • Lakers Fan

    Kobe haters/doubters not looking forward to Sunday. Time to prove them wrong Kobe. Time to let them know you are the best player of this generation. Time to let them know why you are the Black Mamba and a 5-time NBA Champion. Time to take this league by storm and put everybody on notice. The excitement I feel right now is unreal. Welcome back Kobe! Go Lakers!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    DVR is set for Sunday,Welcome back Mr.48.5 Million Dollars Kobe Bean Bryant.:-)

  • Jim213

    Only in Hollywood would you get a vid of that grandeur (the second coming). Thus the bear “has been weighed, measured, and found wanting.” But…

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I am so hungry for another Championship,i am sure Kobe shares the same hunger.

  • mark

    its toronto kobe! i want 82!!!

  • jeremy

    cant wait to see him back on Sunday

  • Chyeah

    So glad Kobe is back but hopefully he doesn’t end up like Derrick Rose or Billups, only thing we can do is pray that nothing like that happens. I don’t expect Kobe to be as explosive as he was last season plus he hasn’t played with this team yet and it’ll take time for him to gel with this team. But then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m wrong since underestimating Kobe isn’t always a good idea.

  • Cary Rumley

    Wild prediction, it’s also the event that puts him on the same pedestal with NO QUESTIONS from ANYONE. The prediction is that with this Lakers team doing far better than anyone thought they would, and Kobe having calculated each step of his recovery perfectly, he will return and dominate as both a scorer and facilitator. He will take this team and win the championship upon his return from said Achilles injury and cement his legacy forever. He showed last year his ability to facilitate when called upon, he will do it again. Nash will lead the deepest bench in the league. Farmar or Blake moves to starter, likely Blake.

  • ju_ice

    omg omg omg omg kobe is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!! omg omg omg omg

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