Kobe Bryant wearing the 'Opening Night' Nike Kobe 10 Elite (1)
via NBAE 2015

by Brandon Richard

Beginning a record 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. And as expected, he did so wearing the "Opening Night" Nike Kobe 10 Elite — for warmups. For the actual game, he switched to a white-based PE, likely to align himself with the rest of the team.

Early on, he showed flashes of the old Kobe, scoring 15 points in the first half on 6-of-13 shooting. Later, he was just old Kobe, going cold down the stretch and finishing with 24 points. Behind a surprisingly great performance by Ricky Rubio, the Timberwolves edged by the Lakers 112-111.

All in all, it wasn't a horrible night for Kobe, but surely not the one he envisioned. See a few shots from his return below.

Kobe Bryant wearing the 'Opening Night' Nike Kobe 10 Elite (2)

Kobe Bryant wearing the 'Opening Night' Nike Kobe 10 Elite (3)

Kobe Bryant wearing a White/Yellow Nike Kobe 10 Elite PE (1)

Kobe Bryant wearing a White/Yellow Nike Kobe 10 Elite PE (2)