By Jordon Hall
Normally I would be doing a recap of tonight’s game of our loving Los Angeles Lakers as they take on the Toronto Raptors at home tonight. But nobody is going to want to read that because everyone just wants to hear about Kobe. So lets just get the quick facts out the way real quick.
Amir Johnson had a career high against the Lakers with 32 points.
Lakers highest scorer Xavier Henry was on the bench for most of the 4th with 17.
Pau Gasol just looks awful, ankle injury but still, just awful.
Now lets talk about Kobe Bryant…and the legend has a long way to go. You can tell he has no explosiveness in his legs at the moment. It is going to be a long time for him to regain his basketball conditioning but lets remember, Kobe is treating these games as if they are preseason rightfully so.
His first shot was an air-ball hook, but followed it up with a quick assist moments later to Robert Scare. Kobe was doing that a lot tonight, passing. Even though he only had 4 assists, he had about 3 hockey assists. A majority of his passes were lead to either teammates getting fouled to prevent easy buckets or to wide-open shots that missed.
Overall, Kobe did have a lot of lift on his shots. He just needs them to go in which they will in due time when he starts to find his rhythm. Also, there seemed to be no sign of him getting winded at the end of the game. A good indication that Bryant isn't that far off to where he needs to be physically.
He finished the night going 2-9 from the field with a total of 9 points and a strong 8 rebounds. Bryant did turn the ball over 8 times over the course of the game. However, this is something expected similar to his offense and movement out on the court in which his eyes and body needs to be get acclimated to the speed of the game.
Surprisingly, Kobe played 28 minutes...6 minutes too long, I think. But just like last season, playing time is going to be an on-going debate with him.
Welcome back, Mamba!