words // Brandon Richard
After suffering devastating injuries in back-to-back seasons, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to the court in a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets yesterday.
Bryant, who missed 76 games last season, scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting in his first game back. He added 5 assists and 2 rebounds in nearly 21 minutes of action.
Kobe is one of the players that we'll be keeping a closer eye on in this season of NBA Sole Watch. Enjoy a few shots from his return below.
images via Jake Roth for USA Today Sports