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Lakers News: Phil Jackson Tweets His Excitement For Kobe’s Return

philjacksontweetAfter eight months of rehabilitation and practices, Kobe Bryant makes his first official return to the basketball court against the Toronto Raptors tonight. With the basketball world waiting to see how Bryant plays following an Achilles rupture, many have shared their support for the five-time champion including his former coach.

Phil Jackson tweeted his excitement for Kobe’s return and reminded all his followers that Bryant scored 81 points against these same Raptors seven years ago:

Bryant has had great history against the Raptors and everyone is expecting another great performance. Last season, Bryant somehow made three consecutive three-pointers to will the Lakers into overtime and sealed the game with a dunk.

While head coach Mike D’Antoni will limit Bryant’s minutes, it will be an exciting night to see Bryant’s return. With the Lakers 10-9, the rest of the players will have to continue playing at a high-level as Kobe gets into game shape. Once Bryant is able to play extended minutes, the five-time champion will look to lead the Lakers deep into the playoffs and exceeded expectations along the way.

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  • ra

    Yes, Phil knows how valuable Kobe is to the Lakers, and the NBA as well. Adande mentioned in an article that the NBA needs legendary players like Kobe for the NBA to continue to be interesting, and thriving. He also mentions a 3 year window for Kobe (contract-wise), and if he retired, it would be a sad day for the NBA.

    LBJ just isn’t cutting it (n the same way) as Kobe. He (LBJ) tries to bring too much attention to himself, in addition to playing at the top of his game. Kobe doesn’t make ‘vignette’ commercials showing that ‘just by being there’, he’s a great guy. Kobe didn’t call himself the “King” – he just focused on basketball, played well beyond expectations, and let his game speak for itself.

    We need Kobe for at least a few more years (maybe more?), and so it’s exciting to see his return. I wonder what the ‘new version’ of Kobe will be like. I hope the healed Achilles is ‘bionic’, and can never be injured again (at least, for the next 3+ years). If so, we may witness a really new and exciting level of play for Kobe, since he will definitely play even ‘smarter’ than before (is that possible?), to compensate for his new condition. Remember when he injured one of his fingers years ago, and compensated by altering his shooting? He actually ‘improved’ his shooting because of that.

    What can we expect from Kobe? Only great things.

    • Joseph Apohen

      There is no one in this era that has elevated the NBA as Kobe has. It will be a sad day when he retires as the excitement of watching him make those incredible moves will no longer be available. Perhaps the NBA will be smart enough to create a position for him to continue the excitement he brings to the game, such as the NBA’s so called “ambassador”.

  • vulkanthekrusader

    LBJ is not a shooting guard, the league since the Jordan era is ran by a Shooting guard that is legend, After Kobe who is patented after Mike, it is over.

    • Keith

      Paul George.

      • lakers

        ^^^ ding ding ding you won the price is right.

      • Joseph Apohen

        Paul George is great but he does not create excitement with his shots as the Black Mamba.

        • 2424242424

          Probably ‘cos of the fact that he’s playing in indiana ????

          • Joseph Apohen

            City has nothing to do with it. Its the move the player makes. If Kobe was in Indiana, he would still make those exciting and incrdible moves. He would still be as exciting as if he were in L.A. It’s in the man

  • Todd Bourassa

    Just a lil tweet to let Lakers Nation know
    he’ll be back! BRING BACK PHIL!

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