Kobe Bryant is back. The NBA star returned today, December 9, 2013, in a game against the Toronto Raptors—the dinosaurs of NBA infamy that once let him score 81.
Fresh from an eight-month rehab of a torn Achilles tendon, the Black Mamba was let loose with no one expecting him to come near his personal scoring record. The home crowd was electrified just by the fact that he is once again on that Staples Center floor—instead of retired as some had initially thought. His final line: 9 points on 2-of-9 shooting and 5-of-7 on free throws, 8 boards, 4 dimes, 2 steals and 8 turnovers in 28 minutes of action. Nowhere near Kobe-standards but we’re willing to bet that future opponents won’t be so lucky.
While the L.A.-loyal and the Mamba-natics are ecstatic for his return, a portion of the populace are not. Namely: the NBA players below who Kobe schooled in 2013 in the art of making posters. It remains to be seen how the repaired Achilles will hold up, but given Kobe’s nature, the rest of the NBA better keep their guard up—lest they suffer like Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries:
34 at the time he performed that dunk, Kobe's just a freak of nature--and still a nightmare for opponents. Below are a few more proofs:
1) The Wolves' Nikola Pekovic who's wishing he didn't come to the NBA
From a slightly different angle:
2) Fellow Los Angeles star, Chris Paul, who finds out the harsh way that he's not the only star in town
3) Supposed shot-blocker Josh Smith supposedly trying to block Kobe
4) Young gun Brandon Knight learning that he's got much to learn