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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Says Debut Wasn’t As Bad As He Thought Reviewed by Momizat on . Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was finally able to make his season debut on Sunday night after an eight-month absence. Although Bryant neared a double-doubl Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was finally able to make his season debut on Sunday night after an eight-month absence. Although Bryant neared a double-doubl Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Says Debut Wasn’t As Bad As He Thought

Kobe BryantFive-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was finally able to make his season debut on Sunday night after an eight-month absence. Although Bryant neared a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds, the superstar shooting guard turned the ball over a game-high eight times.

Bryant spoke to the media after the game and gave himself an F grade for his performance. As expected, Bryant watched game film after speaking with the media until 2 a.m. and believes his debut wasn’t as bad as he once thought.

According to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, Bryant changed his grade after watching film of his debut:

The glaring stat for Bryant was without a doubt the turnovers. Bryant was clearly rusty and forcing a lot of passes rather than attacking the basket.

With reports of Bryant being overly passive in practice over the past few weeks, it comes as no surprise that he’d look to be a facilitator right out of the gate. Bryant’s score-first mentality will likely reemerge with more games under his belt this season, but as of right now he’s still testing his body in order to gauge what he can do on the floor.

Ultimately, Bryant may get back to form as the player of old, but as of right now, expect more of the same from Bryant until he’s comfortable on the floor.

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  • lakers469

    not too worried about kobe’s turnovers… for his first game back he’s obviously out of sync. i mean what did the kobe bashers expect ? this isn’t nba2k14.
    im actually kinda glad he’s moving the way he did in the game against the raptors. looks like he’ll still be able to get into the lane … a bit more time and his movements will be more fluid… (somebody said he looked overweight and stiff)… i don’t know about the whole overweight thing but what weight should he be at? reggie millers or tayshaun princes? lol

    lets focus on the real problem.. pau gasol and steve nash …

    • Jim213

      Agree, good to see Kobe back but the two positions need to be addressed in the near future.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kobe will be fine.He just needs to get his legs under him,it’s his preseason now.:-)

  • KPL 24

    Well, yesterday he was passing just for the heck of it instead of shooting the ball. But I’m sure he will be fine. But indeed, the main problem now is Gasol. His defense has been terrible as of late, whether it was against the Pistons, Trailblazers, Kings or yesterday against the Raptors, our interior defense just wasn’t there. Now I was getting increasingly annoyed with Gasol yesterday, when was shooting horribly. If he has an injured ankle that bothers him that much, he shouldn’t play. Simple as that, because the way he played yesterday isn’t helping the team one bit.

  • ra

    Actually, I considered the Raptors a D-League team, and Kobe’s return was to have a ‘warm up’ game. It was a perfect chance for Kobe to test out things, and see how they go. He didn’t make his comeback against OKC, or the Spurs, or the Heat. This was a good move to see how he works against a ‘below average’ team.

    Considering that, Kobe did just fine. A few fabulous defensive moves (blocks and a steal), some great post-up moves. I’m sure he’ll adjust his ‘passing’, and that players will learn how to ‘expect’ a pass from Kobe.

    It can do nothing but get better. And, it wasn’t so bad considering. Kobe wasn’t ‘hobbling’ (I’ve seen him do that with an injured leg / knee – he moved ‘funny’ those times). He isn’t moving ‘funny’ now. He’s just limiting his vertical for now. I’m sure that will return.

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