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Kobe Returns Sunday: What Will Be His Immediate Impact?


Phillip Barnett (@LakersNation): His immediate impact may be determined by the collective health of the Lakers back court. Going into Friday Night’s game, the Lakers are only with one healthy true point guard, and very little ball handling depth. You can expect Steve Blake receive the brunt of the minutes at the point guard position, but look for Bryant to take on a lot of the ball handling duties when Blake heads to the bench (and remember, Blake is dealing with a hyper-extended elbow injury of his own).

Bryant mentioned at Thursday’s practice that he’s more than willing to become a facilitator for this team, and will pick his spots when the opportunity presents itself. While it’s hard to imagine Bryant going into the conjectural full-on facilitator mode, it’s a role that may best fit for the Lakers right now. Of course, as others get healthy, we can expect that role to change, but we should expect to see his pass-to-shoot ratio a bit lower than usual.

Ross Gasmer (@Ross_Gasmer12): To nobody’s surprise, Kobe Bryant announced this afternoon that he will indeed be back on the floor on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.

On the surface, getting back Bryant is a huge boast for a Lakers team that’s shown flashes of brilliance, but also could be better than their 9-9 record. In terms of impact, Bryant will assume the role of being “the guy” and while they’ve done a great job at sharing the ball, they need a player to take over during stretches of games.

In games against the Spurs, Grizzlies and Wizards the Lakers looked lost down the stretch and that’s where his impact will be felt the most. If it’s scoring or setting up his teammates, the Lakers should be able to close out games better with him on the floor.

Welcome back, Mamba.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): With Kobe Bryant making his season debut on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, the Los Angeles Lakers will have their face of the franchise back on the floor with no telling what to expect from the five-time NBA champion.

The real question from here on out will be what Bryant can provide after missing the last eight months due to a torn Achilles tendon. Bryant will want to make an impression right out of the gate, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be able to immediately brush off the rust and by the superstar of old.

Currently, the Lakers are sitting at 9-9 and have played much better than most anticipated. Bryant’s return could have one of two outcomes in my opinion with the team firing on all cylinders due to a boost in confidence playing alongside Bryant or the chemistry could begin to fall apart with a player that demands the ball on almost every possession.

Ultimately, I believe Bryant’s return will improve the team’s chances of competing for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Unfortunately, it will take some time to build chemistry with his new teammates resulting in the team struggling for a week or two in order to adjust to Bryant’s playing style.

Vince Samperio (@VinceSince91): Kobe Bryant’s return to the Lakers gives the team another shooter and a capable ball handler to ease the loss of point guard Jordan Farmar. Bryant’s minutes may be limited as he is eased into the rotation. The Lakers will benefit from his return immediately with an energy boost to an already energetic team. Bryant will likely slot into the small forward position and should be looking to make plays, rather than take over games.

The team has developed a nice rhythm and chemistry on the court in their rotations and I believe Bryant will be looking to pick his spots. The 35-year-old will act as a facilitator on the court and will give the team more confidence late in games. Bryant has seen the team over the weeks and has been taking account of what they need from him. The Lakers pace will slow down with Bryant in the game but will become more efficient as he will draw the attention of the defense and open up the shooters.

Overall, the team will benefit from Bryant’s return and his immediate impact will be noticeable.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kobe has the biggest impact on his team of any player.He does it all,best in the biz.

  • Paytc

    Well it sounds like Kobe will continue to exceed expectations. I thought he would return on Dec 20th, a home game with Timberwolves. But Kobe is not even close to an average player,he is driven like no other player. May he have the most impressive return to the game,and lead the Lakers to a few more championships.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • Daryl Peek

    Positive

  • rofl

    “and lead the Lakers to a few more championships.”

    Unbelievable that any people still believes things like that.

    • Zimmeredge

      really? why? Lakers can’t win championships anymore? Because of Kobe? Are you a Laker fan?

      • rofl

        Yes, they can’t win now. They are definiately too poor, it’s obvious

        • Zimmeredge

          this seasaon yeah of course!
          next season why not?

          • rofl

            And why yes? Lakers would need a very lot of changes, it’s very unlikely that they can do anything now to be contender again. They need at least few years to rebuild, and must wait for Kobe’s retirement.

          • Zimmeredge

            years to rebuild and wait for kobe’s retirement? the team is here. We have a good foundation now and we can build on this team for the next two seasons.
            Bring in a point guard a wing and a power forward/center from the FA 2014 or from the draft and we are back in the mix. Simple as that.
            The current team will make it to the po… let’s imagine what we can do if we have a better roster in terms of quality.
            let’s say we bring in Lowry, Ariza and Monroe or two of those three + a draftee. We keep Blake, Farmar, Meeks, Young, Johnson, Hill, Sacre, Kelly and Gasol.
            I think this team can a championship.

          • rofl

            These are good players, but ‘few more championships’? With Hill, Meeks, Blake and Sacre really? You are very optimistic if you believe it’s championship caliber team, it’s
            almost like telling Suns are too. For me it’s a 1st round team.

          • Zimmeredge

            these are role players. So the heat won back to back with 3 superstars and they are a model all of a sudden.
            excuse me we don’t to receive any lesson from those clowns.
            You need to surround Kobe with a lot of role players, shooters, defenders… i mean back in 08-09-10 role players were our strenght. We had some of the best role players in the game.and I think that’s what we have right now. we just have to increase starting level of game. I mean starting with Hill… Start a game with Monroe-Gasol and Hill-Gasol you’ll see the difference. we do not have a decent stretch four.
            Ariza-Johnson-Young on the wing are all great. Blake-Farmar-Lowry no drop in the level of play. Kobe-Meeks-Henry a superstar and two great guys from the bench. Monroe-Kelly-Hill-Gasol-Sacre are all great guys. And do not forget that we will have a first round draft pick. if we can get one of those super athletic point guard that would be a gift.

          • rofl

            But you forgot that it’s not 08-10, but in next year 2015 and farther. Kobe is definiately too old to build team around him. In 08-10 Lakers strenght were still hardly 30 Kobe at his best, prime Gasol, goat coach and great role players. So now on Kobe and Pau you can build at most playoff team, and role players won’t change much here if superstars are too old and poor to keep up to young and greater players.

          • Zimmeredge

            okok. everythin was different. but the quality of our bench is way better.
            key to win a title? Size, energy, athleticism and team defense. If you can add rebound and good spacing then you’re almost unmatchable.
            a pair Gasol-Monroe brings size, athleticism and rebound. Farmar, Blake, Meeks, Hill and guys like Ariza and Lowry bring a lot of energy, team defense and good spacing.
            then you have your superstar in Kobe. He is still a top notch player and if FO are willing to pay 48m$ that means they have faith in Kobe. I have faith in Kobe. We know the guy. he’s got grit. he’s willing to die to win. do not question the heart of this champion.
            I think that we are still a true title contender. if we move to post season this year… it’s a positive signal that we are still credible with a 35y-o star.

          • rofl

            Sorry, but terms energy, athleticism and team defense for main superstars age 35-37 looks poor comparing to 10 years younger players. Team defense? With d’antoni, kobe and pau? Those 3 hasn’t heared about defense either ever or for a very long time.
            And LA don’t have faith in Kobe, they pay 48m$ to him because they earn a giant of money for his popularity, it’s 100% obvious that he didn’t deserve this money in meaning of value as a player. And don’t say he’s willing to die to win, he proved again he is not by taking so incredible contract and completely close for LAL chance to signed any other stars and create champ team. There are only few title contenders in the league, teams which are arguably playoff team with all sure are not. I don’t understand why so many Laker fans believe in miracles.

          • Paytc

            Glad your not the Lakers coach. And who needs a bandwagon fanship? All of the real Lkaer fans will believe until proven otherwise. And will support regardless.

            Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

        • dice

          just because this roster is not loaded does not mean it will not battle. I will take a team with a lot of heart over a team with a lot of talent and no heart.

          • rofl

            Yeah, people may believe it, but who said Lakers have more heart than other teams?

          • IFICKT

            @rofl , Who are you to say that they don’t?

          • rofl

            Really a greate answer which is completely not relevant to the fact I said. Try again

        • R3N3GVD3

          @rofl get out of here, “To Poor” are you serious?? the Lakers have a squad. they are facing injuries and still stepping up to the plate unlike last year 10-9 and most of those losses were close games Lakers are missing Kobe Kaman and Nash playing with a hurt Gasol and hill and now lost Farmar and still managing to keep it together so don’t ever say the Lakers cant win when you haven’t seen them play healthy im pretty sure come playoff time you’ll be eating your words

          • rofl

            Most teams face injuries, Nash is done, Gasol too old for champ, Farmar rofl…

            “don’t ever say the Lakers cant win when you haven’t seen them play healthy”

            You can say that for every NBA team.

            “im pretty sure come playoff time you’ll be eating your words”

            We will talk it again, if they ever advance in this season

          • savi

            First they ignore you
            Then they laugh at you
            then they fight with you
            Then we win!!!
            - Gandhi

          • Paytc

            Exactly !

            Go Lakers !

        • R3N3GVD3

          @rofl get out of here, “To Poor” are you serious?? the Lakers have a squad. they are facing injuries and still stepping up to the plate unlike last year 10-9 and most of those losses were close games Lakers are missing Kobe Kaman and Nash playing with a hurt Gasol and hill and now lost Farmar and still managing to keep it together so don’t ever say the Lakers cant win when you haven’t seen them play healthy im pretty sure come playoff time you’ll be eating your words

    • Paytc

      All things start with a belief. Buy my book so you can learn how to “win anyway” too. It’s not about what doubters,critics,and haters believe that matters. If Kobe let that be his guide he would be just like all the other under achievers in the world. Who needs more of those? Kobe has decided to continue to exceed expectations, as always.

      Despite those who hate on him and/or wish his downfall.

      We are Laker fans and we understand Kobe has been and is the teams leader.

      Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • Zimmeredge

    Kobe will change everything for every players positively. they will have more space to operate. Blake’s number will score more. But I think the inside-outside relationship between Gasol and Him will have huge importance. Gasol will see his scoring and assist numbers go up.
    But as a group, as a unit, as a collective force, Lakers won’t change. Pace will not slow that much. Kobe is not a grandma he can run. he’s not as explosive as he was in the past but the still he’s pretty fast. Not to mention that he is still, to this day one of the greatest closer in the game.

  • Jim213

    From the business side…

    Serena (LN) on the left hand side?!

  • Kobegirl

    Wow! Thank god! This is It! I love this day to happen

  • Kobegirl

    Thank you god for his recovery

  • http://www.8bitrocket.com 8bitjeff

    At full strength, playing in the current system his numbers should be:
    20pts
    7 Dimes
    5 Rebounds
    2 Steals
    1 Block
    30 Minutes

    It will take a couple weeks to get there though.

    Sunday:
    12 Pts
    3 Dimes
    3 Rebounds
    1 Block
    1 Steal
    20 Minutes

    • Lord Rebel

      Lets Not forget its Kobe Bryant The man who works hard on his craft TBH im not saying that your wrong for putting this but i believe he would score 20+ 7 dimes 5 rebs 2 steals and 1 block on sunday because judging off the practice videos he still has that ability to attack

      • http://www.8bitrocket.com 8bitjeff

        I’m trying to be conservative, but yeah, I think he can too. I just don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. This team is playing very well without him, but with him, they could go on a run. They just need some better effort in quarters 1-3 on interior defense in the paint.

    • Lord Rebel

      Lets Not forget its Kobe Bryant The man who works hard on his craft TBH im not saying that your wrong for putting this but i believe he would score 20+ 7 dimes 5 rebs 2 steals and 1 block on sunday because judging off the practice videos he still has that ability to attack

  • Kobegirl

    Very excited

  • Kobegirl

    Very excited

  • Kobegirl

    #GOMamba

  • Kobegirl

    #GOMamba

  • Dragon7s

    If anyone doubts the positive effects of having Kobe back on the court, just look how the team has improved with him simply back at practice.

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